Did you know that hair has a life span of approximately seven years and, on average, we lose between 100 to 125 hairs a day to make way for new growth?
Along with natural hair loss, various other factors over time can cause significant hair damage and loss such as the use of heat tools, colour, chemical processes, even brushing and washing.
Hair also doesn’t escape the ageing factor, the older we get the more it naturally thins out due to hair follicles getting smaller. Hormones also get involved to cause a reduction in sebum production that often leaves hair feeling dry and looking dull or damaged, even without over-processing.
So it’s important to take care of your hair on a daily basis to avoid (as much as we can!) tresses showing signs of damage, split ends and unruly frizz.
Here are a few things you might be doing to your hair that can cause unwanted damage without you even realising;
Guilty of pulling your hair up that little bit tighter to ensure it get’s through your cardio session? Think twice when pulling your locks back too tight as doing this can put too much pressure on your hair follicles potentially causing ‘traction alopecia’.
Traction alopecia is a gradual hair loss form of alopecia, caused primarily by pulling force being applied to the hair. To avoid this kind of breakage and loss, tie ponytails and braids back loosely with a soft textured hair band or scrunchie.
Neglecting your brush
Brushes not only fill up with old broken hair but they also collect residue from styling products and oils from your hair. To avoid transferring the oils back through your hair, remove hair that is caught between bristles or teeth after each use and wash tools in warm soapy water once a month. Using a good quality brush will also help stimulate the scalp and encourage healthy hair growth.
A restless nights sleep can do more than just leave you feeling tired. Moving about whilst sleeping causes hair to rub on your pillow and create friction, this can lead to tangles and breakages. Invest in a quality silk pillowcase as it causes less friction than cotton, and will even help keep that blow-dry looking polished for longer. And don’t forget to always sleep with dry hair, as wet or damp hair is weaker, leaving it more susceptible to damage.
Ditch the vigorous towel dry and instead opt to gently squeeze the water from your hair. If you must use a towel, avoid rubbing the hair as this creates frizz, tangles and causes breakages.
Styling without heat protectant
Before applying any heat to your hair ensure you use a heat protector. These products are specifically designed to proactively protect hair from heat damage, whilst also sealing in shine, calming frizz, and locking in moisture. We love Eleven Australia Miracle Hair Treatment spray and Bhave Riot Control Oil.
Excessive heat can open the cuticle, which can leave your hair feeling dry and brittle. Once hair is too overstressed and dried out from heat, there’s nothing much to help restore it, but to cut it and let new hair grow.
Avoiding your hairdresser
Well one carrying scissors at least! Putting off a haircut to grow out your hair seems logical, however once hair develops split ends it’s time for a trim. If split hair is left uncut the damage will continue up the shaft, causing hair to become brittle and susceptible to breakage. Don’t be shy to ask for a micro-trim to clean up ends at least every 2-3 months, this will help maintain and promote good hair growth.
We have many customers report that their hairdressers are blown away by the change in their hair after taking ProPlenish Marine Collagen. Including 1-2 serves of ProPlenish Marine Collagen in your daily diet helps to supplement the collagen your body is losing with age and initiates hair growth, by increasing the body’s natural hair-building proteins.