Healthy hair mostly stay strong even if you use normal grooming techniques. However, poor grooming habits result in thinning or breakage of hair. The following tips can prevent these bouts of thinning and breakage of hair:
• Avoid combing hair with fine-toothed combs when wet. Although this is a tempting practice as hair straightens and de-tangles much easily if combed when wet, this is a common cause of breakage. The stress on the hair shaft is immense when the hair is wet resulting in weakened hair roots.
Brushing hair in general can be stimulating to the scalp, encouraging blood flow to the hair follicles and maintaining their health. Brushing the hair before washing them loosens up flakes of sebum and dead skin buildup and makes it easier to thoroughly clean the scalp during shampooing. Remember, over-combing or over-brushing generally causes damage to the hair, which is quite contrary to the old 100-stroke brushing rule.
• Avoid hair styles that pull hair tight:
A lot of people use hair styles that need tight pulling of hair. This process of hair styling causes friction among hair strands and results in hair breakage. This condition is known as Tractional Alopecia.
• The Right Hair Washing Technique:
Before hair wash, comb your hair to get rid of any tangles. This decreases chances of breakage due to tangling. Then, damp hair and apply shampoo to your hair gently. Apply shampoo in a way that it spreads from the hair roots to ends.
Move your hands in this manner gently and generate lather. Do not handle hair roughly and don’t rub them together unnecessarily when generating lather as this can result in damage and tangling.
After cleaning hair for 2 to 3 minutes with lather, rinse thoroughly with water. Make sure not even a trace of shampoo is left on the scalp. Always use minimal required shampoo so that it rinses off easily.
A lot of people do not use conditioner after shampooing. They think this makes hair weak. However, it is a huge misconception. Conditioner helps complete the nutritional cycle of hair. Conditioner help maintain the shine of hair. When applying conditioner, be careful that the conditioner does not enter the scalp skin. It damages the hair.
Thoroughly wash off the conditioner one minute after applying. Be sure of rinsing the conditioner completely. Be even more careful than shampoo and rinse off the conditioner thoroughly.
Don’t rub wet hair rigorously with towel nor try to twitch them fast in order to dry. Note that in wet state hair are most soft and weak. After washing hair, wipe them softly with towel or wrap hair with a towel and leave for a few minutes. Towel will absorb water in some time.
Don’t use fine-toothed comb. Also, avoid combing wet hair.
• Hair Massaging:
All doctors unanimously believe that oil does not have a major contribution in hair growth and nutrition. According to them, though a good scalp massage does improve blood circulation of the head; but besides this, oil in the hair only attracts dirt.
One can apply oil some time before taking shower. This works as a kind of conditioning but results in excessive use of shampoo which has its own risks.
Any oil can be used for massage. Oil should be applied with light hands otherwise hair in their shedding stage start falling even more. Therefore, always be careful of tall claims of different oils for hair growth.
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