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We girls love our regular ponytails, tight braids, and our free messy bun. We try hairstyles that look good on us, the styles we are comfortable with and so we prefer different looks for different places with our hair. But do you know about the damaging hairstyles that can harm your hair? We consider wearing hairstyles according to our comfort and styles but it can secretly do a lot of damage to our hair.

We are talking about the common hairstyles that we wear daily. But there is nothing to freak out because we can still do things to protect our hair. It is important to find out and do things to minimize them. 

It is not that you should stop wearing these hairstyles, but to wear them in moderation. Before checking out the popular damaging hairstyles that can ruin your strands, identify the signs of unhealthy hair. 

Signs that your hair is unhealthy

Signs that your hair is unhealthy

Healthy hair will have a natural shine and appears with the natural coloring of hair. Damaged hair looks plain, boring, and dull. If your hair appears dull and lackluster under direct sunlight, your hair might be damaged even after shampooing and conditioning. Unhealthy hair will break very easily due to dryness, nutritional deficiency, and brittleness. If your hair doesn’t bounce back to its original shape and does not stretch, then your hair is unhealthy. 

One of the common signs of damaged hair is split ends. It is normally seen by the tips of your hair. If you find a strand of hair that is split in two, there is a sign of the split end. Unnecessarily tangles are a sign of damage. Your cuticles should often lie flat, so the hairs will sit and slide against one another. But if your hair is damaged the cuticles will end up becoming raised, where you will feel your hair drier and become more easily entangled. 

Damaging hairstyles

Check out the most common damaging hairstyles that ruin your hair. 

Ponytails

Ponytails

Ponytails are one of the most common hairstyles that we wear because it is an easy and quick way to style your hair and give a polished look in seconds. But did you know that ponytails are damaging hairstyles? If you wear the same ponytail every day, it causes stress to the same place over and over again, breaking off at the base of the ponytail. You are causing regular tension when pulling the same parts of the hair, especially happens when you wear a high pony every day. 

It is fine if you wear your hair up in a quick pony once in a while, but wearing it every day is not recommended. Try leaving your hair down every once in a while and switch to smooth, snag-free elastics, and cloth coating bands. 

Messy buns

Messy buns

The messy bun is a damaging hairstyle we probably wear at home, usually at the time we go to sleep. But this can cause breakage. Because when you roll around in bed with your messy hair, the grip at the roots gets stronger. It is fine to wear the bun for two hours during the day but you need to avoid wearing them at night. This can cause hair loss. Experts suggest that you wear your hair open or loosely tied. Make sure it is super loose when you are going to bed. Use silk pillowcases or silk hair accessories to reduce the damage. 

Braids

Braids

For a long time, braids are being worn. And braids look awesome for many girls and are considered protective for naturally textured hair. But braids that are too tight can cause tensile stress and causes damage if it is worn incorrectly. You need to make sure that your braids should not hurt you. Because the stress on the follicle due to a tight hairstyle for a longer period, can weaken them and causes hair loss.

You can wear braids with minimal damage by not wearing too tight on the scalp, and taking breaks between wearing braids. Moisturize your scalp before, during, and after wearing braids with the essential oils. You can wear tight braids but in moderation. When sleeping with braids sleep on a silk pillow as it helps any friction-induced damage at night when the braids rub against the pillow. 

Wet updos

Wet updos

Hair can be easily broken and damaged when wet. When you wear a messy bun with your wet hair, and the hair is drying in an updo, it pulls even more resulting in thinning the hair. So always remember to not remove your hair when it is wet. It will weaken the hair spots more when wet, especially when you twist, pull, or stretch your wet hair. It will tend to suffer more and will get prone to breakage, creating split ends. 

The tension would increase as it dries when you tie up your braid tightly when it is wet. If you want to look you can use glossy shine with spray to accompany your updo.

Super straight hair

Super straight hair

Some of us love smooth and super straight hair.  But this is one of the popular damaging hairstyles, that causes the hair bonds to break. The thermal heat used, will change the inner molecule structure of the hair, opening the most outer cuticle layer and entering inside to break the bonds. This forms the split end. So avoid doing it every day because there is no way to lessen the damage it causes.

Instead, it will make your hair dry, and damaged if you do it daily. If you really want this hairstyle, you can do a little bit of blow drying, and opt for a ceramic or tourmaline if you are going to use an iron every now and then.

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