HARMFUL HAIR TRENDS WE'RE DITCHING IN 2023

January 14, 2023 5 min read

HARMFUL HAIR TRENDS WE'RE DITCHING IN 2023

Happy new year everyone!

We’re positive you’re excited about the new year just like we are. 2022 was a great year, it had its challenges, challenges that inspired and encouraged us to become better.

However you feel about last year, congratulations on seeing a new one and kudos to all the hard work you did in all areas of your life. It’s another opportunity to go at it again, to make moves and move things forward in your life, making tangible and concrete improvements that will engineer positive changes in the future.

As you already know, Yao Secret is all about the health and beauty of your hair. We’re back at it again, like we never left.

In this article, we’ll be looking at hair trends and habits that we need to let go of this year. When we say trends we don’t mean only trends in society and social circles, we also mean things that have become a trend in our haircare, things we do every day in taking care of our hair.

Pay attention to your hair care habits this year and make appropriate changes and you’ll be glad and proud of yourself at the end of the year. Why? Because you’ll see the results of the changes you made.

Are you ready to get started? Listed below are some personal hair care trends and habits that you need to let go of this year for better and healthier hair.

High Ponytail

Tight Ponytails

Accepted, ponytails and buns look great, and they are an easy way to style your hair if you don’t have time and need to go. But it is important that wearing your hair in these styles puts a lot of pull pressure on your hair follicles.

The pressure can lead to headaches, and over the long run lead to hair thinning and hair damage like traction alopecia. This year, ponytails and buns shouldn’t be your go-to styles. We understand they are easy, but for the sake of your edges and your hair, ease back on pulling your hair into ponytails and buns.

Shampooing/Washing Hair Every Day

Certain essential oils keep our hair healthy and beautiful and they need to be in balance. Washing your hair too often, like washing it every day, can strip your hair of these essential oils, leading to dry and dull hair.

The flip side of this is not washing your hair enough, which can result in a buildup of dirt, dust, and oils, which in turn results in clogged hair follicles, which can lead to hair loss and impaired hair growth.

Every 2 to 3 days is a good interval to wash your hair, or wash when it starts to feel oily, dirty, or itchy. The important thing to pay attention to here is, you don’t need to wash your hair every day, if you’ve seen it somewhere that says you need to wash your hair every day, it isn’t true.

If you’re not sure how much you should wash your hair, you can talk to a specialist to establish a routine that works for you.

Overusing Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is not meant to replace shampooing and washing your hair the right way. Dry shampoo doesn’t exactly clean your hair the proper way, it’s just a quick fix for when you can’t wash your hair with proper shampoo.

Overusing dry shampoo can lead to the buildup of products, sweat, dirt, and oils.

Hair Straightener

Exposing Hair To Excessive Heat

The easiest way to damage your hair is exposing it to too much heat. Excessive heat can lead to dryness, split ends, and breakage. If care is not taken, there are lots of hair care practices that build up and significantly increase the amount of heat your hair is exposed to.

Some of them are listed below:
  • Taking hot showers
  • Rinsing your hair with steaming hot water.
  • Flat ironing your hair every day.
  • Not using a heat shield with hot tools (blow dryer.)
  • Spending too much time in the sun.

If any of the above is what you do regularly, you should make a deliberate effort to work on them to reduce the amount of heat your hair is exposed to.

Conditioning Down To The Roots

The purpose of conditioning is to moisturize old hair, which is usually at the tips and not the roots. Conditioning your scalp can lead to clogged pores, which can in turn lead to ingrown hair and follicular damage.

Think of it like this, the purpose of shampooing is to cleanse the scalp of dirt and excessive oil, and the purpose of conditioning is to moisturize and nourish already existing hair that is older than new growth at the scalp. The hair length close to the scalp is new and hydrated, as opposed to the dry hair strands toward the ends.

So, when conditioning, you don’t have to get it down all the way to the roots, only the hair length at the edges needs conditioning.

Drying Hair Roughly With A Towel

Your hair is most fragile when it’s wet, making it prone to damage if it’s handled roughly. And one particular way most of us handle our hair roughly is by tugging at it with a towel in a quest to quickly get all the moisture out of it.

Drying your hair without causing damage requires some patience. The best way to go about it is to air dry, but if you can’t, you should gently try to get the moisture out without roughing up your hair and causing damage in the process.

You can also get a microfiber towel, it causes less friction compared to traditional towels, or wrap your hair up with a cotton t-shirt to get the moisture out.

Bleach Blonde

Coloring, Perming, or Relaxing Hair

Perming and coloring hair usually stems from wanting your hair to look different from what it actually is; you have an ideal in your mind that you want to translate to existence. But the truth is, embracing the natural texture and colour of your hair is the best way to keep it healthy.

Take adequate care of your hair and it will be beautiful in its natural state. This year, try to reduce the amount of tweaking you do to your hair through chemical processes like colouring, perming or relaxing. Altering the texture and colour of your hair through chemical processes can cause damage to your hair.

Sleeping With A Cotton Pillowcase

Friction between fabric and hair can cause damage to your hair, or make it rough at best. When buying a pillowcase, try to go for something other than cotton. Cotton causes a lot of friction when you sleep, and can also absorb the essential oils from your hair, making them dry and dull.

Silk is the popular alternative to cotton, but there is the question of it being vegan or not. There are vegan alternatives to silk that’ll be great for the health and appearance of your hair.

Lotus silk is an alternative you can check out. You can also do some research or consult an expert on textiles for more on vegan silk alternatives.

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