5 Bad Hair Habits to Break for Hair Growth

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We all want to care for our hair as best as possible. We buy all our products, stick to our regimen, and pay attention to our hair’s needs. Sometimes, we get accustomed to doing things that harms our hair instead of nurturing it. If we do it for so long, it turns into a habit which causes major damage to our hair in the long run. Here are five bad hair habits to break!

1. Hands in Hair Syndrome — Once we have mastered the art of keeping our hair moisturized and soft, we have the tendency to always want our hands to feel just how soft and moisturized our hair. This causes a major problem. When touching your hair so often, your fingertips are removing your hair’s moisture. Also, although you may not be able to see it, your fingertips and under your nails carry lots of dirt that is placed into your hair when you touch it.
2. Frustrated Detangling — We all know to be gentle with our natural hair, but some days, being gentle with ANYTHING is the furthest from our mind. When you realize that you’re having a hard day or have just stepped away from a frustrating situation, take a moment to do something that will ease your stress. Read your favorite quote, call your grandmother, watch a little bit of TV, or call your best friend. If you’re in a rush, take at least 30 seconds to take a few deep breaths. Your hair will thank you later.

3. Going to bed without protection — We all know that we should be sleeping with our satin bonnet on or on a satin pillow case. This doesn’t mean that we all do it. Once or twice after a long day or long night of partying won’t do you any harm, but once it becomes a habit your hair is in a lot of trouble. Cotton pillows absorb moisture. Therefore, when going to bed without your satin bonnet or pillow results in a great amount of moisture lost from your hair.

4. Caring more about length than health — If you’re one of those people that absolutely loves long hair, it’s normal to feel like the most important goal for your hair is length. If you think about it, healthy hair grows. For your hair to achieve length, your hair must achieve a great amount of health. Therefore, if you dedicate yourself to healthy hair, long hair will come without you even monitoring it.

5. Comparing your hair to others — We all have a hair crush. One thing you must remember when drooling over your hair crush is to admire their hair, not compare it to yours. Comparing your hair to others can make you discouraged about your hair and you may start to neglect your hair. Next thing you know, you’re not deep conditioning as often or have started slacking on daily moisturizing. Therefore, the number one rule of a hair crush is to NOT COMPARE

[by Roniece Wright @NaturalfromtheRoots]

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