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7 Things that are Harmful for Your Hair

Updated on July 21, 2015
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My name is Erin Lindeman and I am all about keeping a healthy and beautiful lifestyle.

There are a handful of things that may be causing damage to your hair and you may not even know it! Listed below are 7 factors that may be causing harm to your lovely locks.

Using too many Chemicals

Chemicals from too much hair coloring or chemical perms, or keratin straightening can be damaging for hair. The chemicals can cause irritation to the scalp or possibly allergic reactions. In some cases there are chemicals in some shampoos and conditioners that can be harmful for hair such as DEA or sodium laureth sulfate.

Washing Hair too Often

You should try not to wash your hair every day. Washing hair too often strips oils that are essential for growth from your hair. It is good to wash hair three to four times a week. It is understandable, however, that there are people with hair that carries more oils than others. If you have hair that appears to have more oil, then I would recomend just every other day.

Using Heat on Hair

Curling irons, straightening irons, and hairdryers can make hair dry and brittle. Using large amounts of heat causes hair to lack moisture and become damaged. The worst part is after hair has been so badly damaged from heat, it is nearly impossible to fix, and more than likely has to be cut so it can grow again. It is always a good idea to give your hair a break from heated appliances, so remember to give your hair a break every few days each week

Not Trimming Split Ends

Getting rid of split ends is essential for hair to grow and continue to be healthy, because split ends will get worse over time. Even if you are trying to grow your hair to a longer length, you should still get a regular trim (at least every two months). If you are trying to grow your hair out, just get about half of an inch off.

Brushing too Often

Brushing your hair too much can cause breakage. Try to use very gentle strokes instead of harsh tugs to the hair, which can later lead to thinning hair or in some serious cases, hair loss.


Ponytails, braids, and buns can cause breakage to your hair as well. You may already notice that when you take out a ponytail, you may see some hair come out. This happens espeacially when the ponytail is in a tight hold. So when going to the local gym try to keep a loose ponytail, which will cause less damage or breakage.

Hair Extensions

Hair extensions are becoming more popular and trendy today, but they can also cause a fair share of damage. Hair extensions can damage hair at the very roots. This is a problem because once hair is damaged at the roots, it is difficult to repair or cut. Also the pressure caused from the extensions can lead to not only hair damage, but hair loss.

Were you suprised to see any of these factors in this article? Feel free to post any comments or questions you may have below.

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