4 Things That Can Damage Your Hair and How To Prevent It From Happening

Perfectly smooth and shiny hair never goes out of style. However, there are a lot of things that we usually do that can damage our crowning glory. Here are four things that can damage your hair and some tips on how you can prevent it.

4 Things That Can Damage Your Hair and How To Prevent It From Happening

01. Hard Water

Water that has high mineral content is called hard water. Although it is not harmful to your health, it can cause severe damage to your hair by making it dull, tangled, and lifeless. Using the right hard water treatment can solve this problem in no time.

One way is to use lemon or lime rinse.The acidity of lemon or lime removes the mineral deposits from our hair. You can do this by mixing a tablespoon of lemon juice with three cups of water. Apply and leave it on your scalp and hair for a few minutes before rinsing. Lemons also have an antiseptic property that helps keep dandruff away. You can also use clarifying shampoos. Not only does it remove hard water, it also adds volume to your hair.

02. Highlights and Colouring

Frequently colouring and highlighting your hair can make it look dull and dry in the long run. By using a deep penetrating conditioner, you can keep your hair moisturized and hydrated. These products also make your hair look shiny and full of life.

Another way to prevent hair colouring from damaging your hair is to keep a six-to-eight-week interval in between your sessions. By doing so, you are giving your hair time to adjust and recuperate from the harsh hair colouring chemicals.

03. Blow-drying and Ironing

Exposing your hair to extreme heat on a daily basis can also cause temporary changes and can make them look dull and brittle. You can prevent hair damage by not concentrating on one area when you blow dry your hair. Move the dryer around for a more even drying.

You can also use heat-protective oils and sprays to protect your hair from too much heat. Read and follow the instructions carefully to get the best possible result.

04. Over-Brushing

Some people think that brushing 100 times a day can make your hair look shiny and healthy. What they do not know is that over brushing can actually cause breakage and split-ends. By using a wide tooth comb, you can prevent too much friction that causes damage and split-ends.

Another way to prevent hair breakage is to stop brushing your hair while it is still wet. Because wet hair is more sensitive to damage than dry hair, combing or brushing it while it is still soaking wet will only make them tangle more. Pat them dry with a towel or cold blow-dry them first before brushing it gently.

You can also use leave-in conditioners to moisturize your locks. It strengthens your hair and also protects them from breakage.

Having that perfectly smooth and shiny hair is not difficult. You just need to take care of yourself from within, and everything else will follow.

Do you have any other tips or tricks for preventing hair damage?
Be sure to let me know in the comments below.
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40 Comments

  1. 18/10/2017 / 3:22 pm

    Ah the old hard water issue *sigh* living in DC myself the hard city water has done unbelievable damage. Literally even changed the color. Great tip with the lemons though! I’ll have to give that a try 🙂

  2. 18/10/2017 / 3:28 pm

    Whoa I don’t even straighten or blow dry, or over comb but my hair is super damaged, sigh…
    Thanks for the information!

  3. 18/10/2017 / 5:05 pm

    Hard-water and dying my hair are the two most damaging for me! I need to get a better filter and go au-nautral for awhile to get my hair healthy again!

  4. 18/10/2017 / 6:02 pm

    Sharing this with my sister, she was just talking about her hair the other day having issues. Thankfully I can always just go with a buzz cut if things go bad!

  5. Renna
    18/10/2017 / 6:37 pm

    I love putting oils in my hair to keep it looking shiny and healthy.

  6. reesa
    18/10/2017 / 11:48 pm

    It is amazing how the hard water where I live is ruining my hair! I can see the difference whenever we travel! I don’t use any products or blow dry it and it’s never been dyed!

  7. 19/10/2017 / 12:33 am

    I try not to over-wash or dry my hair. I need to use a deep conditioner about once a month, so thanks for that tip!
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  8. 19/10/2017 / 12:33 am

    Thanks for the tips! I always feel like my hair gets damaged during workouts and in harsh weather.

  9. 19/10/2017 / 12:39 am

    I have curly hair, so it’s naturally more dry, which means I have to watch what I’m doing to it. I only wash 1-2 times a week. Brush it once, when wet on the first day. I air dry. People don’t realize how easy it is to damage your hair.
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  10. 19/10/2017 / 1:29 am

    I used to color my hair all the time but since I quit my hair has become much healthier. Great tips to keep in mind for the future tho.

  11. Joline
    19/10/2017 / 2:08 am

    Not only do we have hard water, now that I’m trying to grow my hair out I also find myself blow drying and ironing more than ever! I think I’ll start with that lemon rinse.

  12. Dawn Nieves
    19/10/2017 / 3:11 am

    I need to try the lemon trick. We have hard water and it makes me miss my water softener! I’m going to try the lemon tomorrow. I never heard of that before.

  13. 19/10/2017 / 9:53 am

    Thanks for these tips! I don’t use heat often on my hair but I am guilty of over-brushing so I will bear that in mind!

    Ami xxx

  14. 19/10/2017 / 12:17 pm

    I really try not to brush my hair too often as I find it breaks too easily when I do x

  15. Rebecca
    19/10/2017 / 2:45 pm

    I am all about using argone in my hair. It makes all the difference.

  16. 19/10/2017 / 3:28 pm

    I have been using argan oil in my hair for a couple of years and it was amazing! It was only this year that I really started having to deal with dry, damaged hair. Previously my hair was always thick, healthy and shiny but I decided to go platinum this year and boy did it wreck my hair. I stopped the bleaching in Summer and went back to my Auburn but had to have a good amount cut off to get rid of the dryness and damaged ends.

  17. 19/10/2017 / 5:01 pm

    Thankfully me this won’t matter too much as I don’t have much hair left. LOL.

    As for the wife and my daughter, I will be sure to show them this post. Good hair care is important.

    Thanks for sharing

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  18. 19/10/2017 / 5:19 pm

    I didn’t know about the over brushing. I thought that was good for your hair. Great tip to use a wide tooth comb, will have to use that from now on.

  19. 19/10/2017 / 5:45 pm

    We have really hard water where I live, so getting the lime rinse is some great advice. Will pass this along to my wife, as she’s always worried about this.

  20. June
    19/10/2017 / 8:00 pm

    I bleached my hair for about a decade and the damage is tremendous. I used to have such long, think and healthy hair and now it is thin and unmanageable. So the hair damage prevention tip I’d like to share is: think twice before you bleach your hair, and if you do, spending the extra cash to have it done by a professional will pay off in the long term!

  21. 19/10/2017 / 8:57 pm

    I hardly ever blow dry my hair because of this reason – I know it kills my hair and makes it almost brittle when I touch it.

  22. 19/10/2017 / 9:55 pm

    Great tips! I’ve started to have my hair coloured so I know that I need to be taking more care of it now to compensate for the damage.

  23. 19/10/2017 / 10:37 pm

    My hair has become so dry and brittle from all the peroxide. I took the plunge and chopped it all off into a bob and plan to regrow it. I will be trying all your tips too xx

  24. 20/10/2017 / 5:01 am

    I flat iron my hair because it is way too wild and curly. I think I need to start embracing my curls more and save my hair from too much heat.

  25. 22/10/2017 / 9:12 am

    Hard water affects my hair a lot. Thanks for giving me tip about using lemon.

  26. 22/10/2017 / 11:44 am

    I’ve just gone back to balayage’d hair, so these are some great tips! x

  27. 22/10/2017 / 7:24 pm

    I think hard water and past colourings have done the damage to my hair. I must look after it more after I get older

  28. 22/10/2017 / 11:47 pm

    I was just thinking about this yesterday! I pay so much attention to my skin that I completely forget my hair! Got me some coconut oil and a few hair mask treatments to make it a tad bit better! My hair is so damaged due to extensive chemical treatments!

  29. 25/10/2017 / 3:48 pm

    Never realized hard water had such an effect on hair.

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