Don't damage your hair this festive season
At Toppik, we're always thinking of ways to help you look after your hair. However, we know that in the pursuit of fashion, or achieving 'that' look, you might push your locks to breaking point from time to time. With the party season nearly upon us, spare a thought for your long-suffering locks and treat them to a bit of kindness in the run up to Christmas. Here are a few examples of everyday habits which can damage your hair.
Most of the time, each active follicle on your scalp holds the weight of a single strand of hair, but when that hair is part of a plait, it may have to support many more as the weight of that braid will not be evenly distributed, some parts of your scalp will bear more weight than others. Especially in the case of a tightly gathered plait, there will be additional forces applied and also strain on the hair strands themselves.
They're quick and easy to do, but putting your hair in a pony-tail can be damaging in a number of ways. As with plating, a handful of individual hairs all tied together in a ponytail means that some roots will be supporting more weight than others. It is these hairs which are the most prone to break or to be pulled from your head. A tight pony-tail may look neat, but be aware that the tighter you pull it, the more stress you're putting on your scalp.
Be careful what you use to tie your hair up with too. A rubber band is amongst the worst thing you could use, however, a tie with a soft, smooth surface won't damage your hair quite as much.
Similar to and often worse than the way pony-tails can cause damage, hair extensions usually attach to existing hair via a variety of means and add to the weight carried by the follicles in your scalp. The method of attaching the extensions can also be damaging to greater or lesser extent depending on the type of extension and how it is attached.
Sleeping with your hair up
If you're blessed with long hair, it can be tempting to save some de-tangling time in the morning by tying it up at night. However, despite the risk of waking with a bed-head, leaving your hair down while sleeping puts less stress on it than a bedtime bun. As you move in your sleep, there will be friction between your head and your pillowcase which can damage your hair. If your hair is tied up, it's movement is restricted and it stands a greater chance of being pullout out or breaking. A silk or satin pillowcase can mitigate the damage due to the slipperiness of the material.
While back-combing or teasing can give your hair a lift, the process of combing against the direction of growth lifts the hair cuticles - the protective layer around each hair strand. Having raised cuticles allows more water to penetrate your hair and makes each strand look and feel less healthy.
Tying up your wet hair
For the same reason that you should avoid brushing your hair while it's wet, you should also eschew tying up your wet hair. Each hair strand is porous and absorbs any moisture around it, especially if you've subjected your hair to heat or harsh chemicals. Waterlogged hair is more elastic and more susceptible to breakage than when dry, so tying up wet hair is more likely to snap strands.
Hot tools and hot showers
There are no two ways about it, excessive heat damages hair. As a rule, if it's too hot for your skin, it's probably too hot for your hair too. Dialling down the heat on your straighteners, keeping your hairdryer on low and keeping your showers warm not scorching will all help reduce damage.
Why not treat yourself to an early Christmas present with the Toppik Volume Styling Kit which can help you look fabulous without being unkind to your hair. Also, see the rest of our product range if you're looking for a few stocking fillers for that someone special.