We always hear about how hot styling tools and chlorinated water can wreak havoc on our hair, but there are several silent killers that we don’t realize are causing damage until it’s too late. Today on the blog we’re discussing five silent hair killers that may be the cause of your hair woes and how to remedy them.
1. Air Pollution
Let’s get down to business. Perhaps one of the most silent hair killers of them all is Air Pollution. This seemingly colorless, odorless element drifts through the air until it discovers its temporary home–on your hair and scalp. As it settles onto your head, you begin to itch more frequently and start to notice more irritation, dryness, and breakage. You then realize more hair is clumping at the bottom of your drain and in the depths of your brush. INSTANT! PANIC! So how do we prevent the damage caused by air pollution? Use preventive hair products like, this thermal spray from the Nutrifuse collection, to create a protective barrier that keeps your hair safe. Moisture locking ingredients like keratin and argan oil work together to help seal any cracks along the hair strand and maintain proper hydration levels throughout the day. Be sure to wash your hair regularly to remove any dirt, soot, dust, or even gas buildup that may be the remnants of air pollution settling into your scalp.
2. Cotton Pillowcase
So, getting a good night’s sleep is recommended for stress relief, which is recommended for healthy hair growth, but there’s one thing that’s holding you back from full hair recovery, your pillowcase. Cotton pillowcases leave strands dry and brittle because they can strip the hair of necessary oils for that lustrous shine we covet. Over time, your cuticle may become compromised causing micro tears along the hair shaft that ultimately lead to tangled hair. This is especially true if you are one to move around a lot in your sleep. To remedy this issue, try using a silk pillowcase that allows your hair to move freely without snagging or tangling. You can also tie your hair up in a silk scarf for the same protective effect.
3. Cotton Towels
Like the cotton pillowcase scenario, a cotton towel can be the death of your healthy, smooth strands. The rough texture of your cotton towel coupled with the harsh action of rubbing your hair dry may be disrupting the hair cuticle ultimately causing damage and frizz. Instead, use a microfiber towel which is much softer and gentler for the hair. Whatever you do, don’t rub your hair with your towel. Try patting it dry or squeezing it with a light touch to get the water out and prevent unnecessary friction.
4. Brushing While Wet
Since we’re already on the topic of wet hair, let’s continue to our next silent hair killer–brushing your hair while it’s still wet. A big hair no-no, brushing your strands while they’re still dripping wet will most definitely cause breakage and frizz. Think about it; your hair is at its most sensitive state when it’s wet. Wouldn’t you want to be as gentle as possible and handle with care? We recommend using a wide tooth comb and some hydrating leave-in conditioner, like this one from our collection, post-wash for a more manageable comb through. Make sure you start at the bottom and work your way up to the top to eliminate any pesky knots.
5. Skipping Heat Protectant
Well, this one is pretty obvious, but a lot of people still tend to skip out on this crucial step despite knowing the harmful effects of heat damage. Like we mentioned earlier, a heat protectant will coat the strands with a protective barrier that helps to sooth the hair cuticle. Our Thermal Spray works explicitly to lock in hydration and prevent damage for a softer, more manageable blowout. Hey, it also reduces drying time by 50%! That’s extra protection right there!
So, how many of these silent killers are you a victim of? We can guess at least 1 or 2. Don’t worry, we’ve discussed five things that are killing your hair, but we’ve also given you suggestions for prevention. Now, tomorrow is a new day. Get ready to kill the hair game––in a good way of course!