We are officially reaching the end of the year and what a year it has been. Once again, we want to say thank you for sticking around with us and following our hair journey. Pink Root Products would not be here, if it were not for our loyal tribe. We hope you have enjoyed our hair tips as well as our products. As the year draws to a close, we share five habits to leave behind this year for your curls.
Who doesn’t love a slick up-do ponytail? They are effortless and super cute, however, they can cause more damage than good when worn excessively. Ponytails can cause your hair to break when pulled too tightly and can add tension and stress to your hair overall. Did you know it can even be linked to a condition called traction alopecia? This is when your hair is pulled so tight it breaks off at the root. The hair condition is difficult to reverse causing irreparable damage and can be permanent. Loosening up your ponytail eases the tension and prevents severe breakage in the long run so try to avoid them when possible.
Sleeping with wet hair
We are avid believers in protecting your curls at all costs and too much of anything is not always a good idea. When you have too much moisture in your hair it can lead to hygral fatigue. Hygral fatigue is damage to your hair follicles which can be caused when excessive moisture penetrates the outer layer of your hair and reaches the inner cortex. Moisture is great for our hair, however overdone can lead to the bonds becoming damaged and brittle. One of the signs of hygral fatigue is when your hair has low elasticity and if your hair stretches less than normal when wet. If you pull your hair and it doesn’t return to its normal state, this is a sign your hair may be suffering from hygral fatigue. So be sure to keep your hair hydrated but not over saturated so try drying your hair before bed.
Detangling dry hair
This is a big no-no if you haven't noticed by now. When our hair is dry it can be prone to serious knots. When the hair is wet it is easier to manipulate and detangle with even just your fingers. Using a good hair conditioner catered to your hair type with plenty of slip can gently loosen any tangles you may have so by all means avoid dry brushing your curls.
Don’t overdo the oiling and creaming of scalp
Oiling the scalp works wonders and can help to aid hair growth, especially when wearing protective hairstyles. It is a great way to add minerals and fatty acids to your hair which can maintain moisture and help retain the length you desire. It can also aid dry scalp and prevent dandruff however, too much oil can create an increase in build-up. Excessive oil can lead to clogged pores which can prevent hair growth. When oiling your scalp, make sure to wash your hair thoroughly with a cleansing shampoo to get rid of any unwanted build-up.
Using hair care products not catered for your hair type
Over the recent years the beauty industry has done a great job catering to curly hair types, we have also seen a rise in the last ten years with products made by us for us! However, there are some hair care products that may not be right for your hair. Hair care products that are not suited for your hair can cause brittle and damaged hair. There are many hair care products on the market, but some may not be right for your curls. Many products also include formaldehyde, silicones, parabens, and artificial fragrances that sometimes cause scalp irritation, dryness, and frizz. These ingredients, along with others, can lead to damage, so it’s important to know what to look for on labels and to shop around till you find what works for you.