Bad Habits that Hurt Hair

What have you done to your hair?

Let us look into those relatively easy to overcome habits that are bad for the hair.

Check your hair tools and the way you’re using them. Excessive blow-drying and styling with irons that can strip hair of natural moisture and cause them to snap easily. Modulate the heat setting and keep the distance with blow driers. Work on damp, not on wet hair when using heat. And remember, always use a heat protectant for the hair.

When handling your hair, are you kind to it? Try not to brush vigorously, or brush from the top in one stroke. Rather, section your hair and start from the bottom to avoid snags that may begin at the top of your head, and then go up by sections. After a bath, don’t go rubbing your hair with a bath towel, but rather dab hair gently to remove excess wetness. Wet hair is very vulnerable to rubbing and brush strokes; use a wide-tooth comb instead to separate strands.

Your hair may need some time off from frequent use of chemical treatments and products. If you must, choose your hair products well. Go for natural, organic formulations that are free from sulfates and sodium chloride.

Finally, check out habits that would require a lot more willpower to alter the course of hair disaster. Try to be better at handling stress; look into your diet and you might find some foods missing that may be good for hair, such as protein; deal with your excessive smoking or alcohol intake. All these can be hazardous to the health of your scalp and hair.

Ask Geena: Your Bellevue Hair Expert

Geena, of Geena Moon Hair Salon in Bellevue, can pretty much tell what you’ve been doing to your hair since she’s handled countless heads of hair and their differing personalities in her more than 18 years in the business. She will tell you up-front, in a most concerned manner, how changing habits can stop the vicious cycle of hair damage and restore hair’s vibrancy and health.