Hair damage really boils down to your overall lifestyle. That’s really the long and short of it. A lot of people think that if you are genetically predisposed to hair loss, falling hair, or split ends, that there’s really not much you can do as far as your choices go. That is a cop-out.
The truth is, regardless of your genetic predisposition, and regardless of whatever else may be going through your family, please understand that you have a lot of say in the matter. Hair damage, ultimately, is a product of how you choose to live your life. That’s right, you get to decide. Your daily choices play a direct role in determining how your hair looks.
Every single day, you make very important decisions regarding what to eat, where to go, what kind of things to do, etc. Don’t think for a second that these do not have an effect, they do. And one of the most common effects they have involve your appearance.
That’s right, from you skin, to your facial expression, to how people perceive you, everything comes from the same place. It all comes from the same basic set of choices that make up your lifestyle. So if you’re looking for the overarching and ultimate cause for hair damage, start with your lifestyle.
Different types of hair damage
Before we start dissecting the different causes for hair damage, let’s get some basic definitions out of the way first. What exactly is hair damage?
It’s not what you think. It’s easy to define hair damage in very narrow terms. It’s easy to define it strictly in terms of visible damage, but let me tell you, if that’s how you define hair damage, you’re basically doing it wrong because you are defining it when it has already done the most harm.
Believe it or not, hair damage can still take place even though people can see that you have nice, straight, shiny hair, or you have very vibrant beautiful hair. Hair damage encompasses more than what people can see. It really boils down to overall scalp skin health.
Your scalp is the skin that your hair is attached to. If that’s not healthy, how can you say that your hair is healthy? It’s only a matter of time until your hair starts suffering because your scalp is not in good shape. You have to pay close attention to the damage to your scalp.
Do you have dandruff? Do you have itchy skin? Do you have oily scalp? All of these can lead to hair damage sooner than later. Of course, when it comes to obvious hair damage, our job is easier. It’s easy to look at split ends, falling hair, hair that starts to curl when it shouldn’t, hair that is lifeless, dull and flat; these all fall under the general umbrella of hair damage.
Some basic prevention tips
As I have mentioned several times above, the real cause of hair damage is your lifestyle – that’s pretty much it. You can’t point to genetics. You can’t point to some other factor that you really cannot choose. You have a lot to say over the health of your hair.
There’s no need to dance around this. You have to take ownership of this. You have to take responsibility for it. So how exactly do you prevent hair damage?
Get enough sleep
This is the most basic. Everything about your life, your personal interactions, the quality of your relationships, the quality of your health, your general appearance, and everything else down the line is influenced by the amount of sleep you get.
If you don’t get eight hours of deep sleep, you are selling yourself short. By deep sleep, we’re talking about really deep sleep; it means you’re getting really high-quality rest. You’re not tossing and turning. You’re not getting up and walking around. You’re not taking breaks. You sleep deeply through eight hours.
If you’re not getting that, then don’t be surprised if your hair starts to fall, if your hair looks dead and lifeless, or frizzy. The good news is you can easily fix this.
Drink eight cups of water daily
By being properly hydrated, you not only help improve your overall skin health, but you can also nourish your hair. Your hair is mostly keratin and water. The overall health of your scalp plays the biggest role in the appearance of your hair.
Take better care of your scalp by making sure that your skin is properly nourished and hydrated, and everything else will fall into line. If anything, it makes your job of hair maintenance and hair care so much easier. After all, you’ve laid the right groundwork by taking good care of your scalp.
Avoid harsh shampoos
There are many prominent shampoo brands on the market. Unfortunately, a lot of people think that since these brands are so popular and seem to be used by so many people, that their own personal skin irritations don’t matter.
They’ll stick to the brand because hey, there’s truth in conventional wisdom. Don’t think like that. If for whatever reason, your hair is allergic to a shampoo or it shows signs of early allergies, or you’re just simply not getting the results you had hoped, skip that shampoo, it’s that simple.
There are many other shampoo products and other hair-care products on the market. You’re not chained to one particular brand or product. There are many options out there. Do yourself a very big favor and conduct experiments.
Buy brand after brand, product after product (some very well-known, others less so) until you get the product that does wonders for your hair. At the end of the day, there’s really only one customer whom you should pay attention to. That’s right, that person is you.
Keep the tips above in mind if you are serious about preventing hair damage. Please understand that great hair and a great overall appearance are choices. You can make those choices starting today. It all boils down to your overall lifestyle.