Here’s why you struggle to care for your hair

Having a daily battle with your hair isn’t how you want to spend your time. But it’s the reality for a lot of people who just can’t seem to tame their locks. If your hair always seems to be too dry, frizzy, oily, or just generally messy, it can be difficult to understand why it won’t do what you want it to. Other people seem to be able to roll out of bed with their hair looking perfect or only have to quickly brush it. There are lots of reasons your hair might not behave as you want it to, and you might have to explore a few possibilities to find out more.

 

Lifestyle factors

Your hair is as much a part of your body as anything else. That means that it can be affected by the way you treat your body and how you care for it. Lifestyle choices and habits can influence the health of your hair in a few different ways. For example, your diet could be having an effect on how your hair looks and feels. A lack of protein in your diet might mean your hair is dry and brittle. If you’re not getting the nutrients you need, your locks could be dull and lifeless. A balanced diet could be what’s missing from your hair care routine.

Another lifestyle factor that could affect your hair is stress. If you’re stressed all the time, it can make a difference to the health of your skin, hair, and nails. Stress could mean your hair is less shiny or sheds more, making it more difficult to manage.

Smoking is also a bad habit that affects your hair’s health. When you smoke, nicotine can build up in the hair follicles and hair shafts. Increased hair loss is associated with smoking and it could even make you go grey earlier. So if you want to take better care of your hair, quitting is the best way to go.

 

Too much hair care

When your hair is hard to handle, it might seem to make sense that it needs a lot of care. It could lead to you trying to keep it under control by washing it a lot, using lots of products, and maybe straightening it or using other heat treatments every day. But the more you do to your hair, the more it could struggle. Too much hair care can be a bad thing, especially if you’re constantly exposing your hair to heat or various chemicals.

One thing you might be doing is washing your hair too frequently. If you wash your hair every time to shower or bathe, it’s likely you’re doing it too much. Shampooing your hair too often can strip out the natural oils, leaving it dry. To make up for it, you can then end up using other products or treatments too often, trying to counterbalance the dryness. It might seem as if your hair gets greasy if you don’t wash it every day, but it’s likely your scalp is overcompensating. If you start shampooing less often, you can find it doesn’t get oily as fast.

Using heat too often is another mistake you could be making. When your hair won’t behave as you want, straightening, curling, or just trying to blow dry it into submission might seem like the only option. But too much heat can damage your hair, especially if you’re not using protective products. If you often use heat styling tools on your hair, it might be time to reconsider and see if it helps.

 

Not thinking about texture

Everyone’s hair is different, and you can’t treat it all the same. When it comes to hair care and health, texture is one of the most important factors. Hair texture can be broadly categorised into different groups based on how straight, wavy, curly, or kinky/coily it is. The categories start with type 1 hair, which is the straightest, and go to type 4 hair, which is very curly or kinky. Types 1-4 are broken down further into A, B, and C (e.g. 1A or 3C hair), with each getting progressively more textured.

It’s important to take texture into account for hair care because thicker or curlier hair may need completely different care compared to thinner, smoother, or straighter hair. Kinky hair, for example, usually doesn’t need to be washed as often and shouldn’t be styled with a brush. Type 1A hair may need to be washed more often because its straightness means it often appears oilier than other hair textures.

To care for your hair with texture in mind, you first have to identify what texture your hair is. There are lots of resources out there that can help you assess your hair and learn more about how you should be caring for it.

 

Using products incorrectly

Choosing the right products for your hair helps you care for it, but you also have to use them correctly. You might have chosen a product that’s recommended for your hair type or a specific problem you want to solve. But if you’re not getting the results you hoped for, it could be because you’re not using it properly.

Start by taking a good look at the label to check if you’re following the directions. You might be surprised by how the product is intended to be used. It might say that you need to leave the product in for a few minutes, whereas you have been washing it out right away or maybe not washing it out at all.

Some products might not work well together. They could be counteracting each other, meaning neither is working as it should. Another thing that could affect how well a product works is whether you’ve dyed your hair. If your hair is bleached or coloured, it might require different products to help look after it.

 

The reason you have a hard time caring for your hair might not be such a big mystery. A little investigation and thought could help you identify what the problem is and what you need to change.

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