Hair is considered part of beauty by many people. If you love your hair and would like to keep it healthy for the longest time possible, then there are certain poor practices you need to think about which could be having an adverse effect on making your hair healthy. These habits can easily make your hair thin at a rapid pace. In this article we will consider some of the main habits that you might naturally do every day and come to accept as normal. These however may not be great for your hair. 
1. Rubbing Your Hair with a Towel to Dry it Off 
Many people dry their hair by rubbing it with a towel. This can easily cause breakage of your hair, especially since it will already be wet and weak after the shower. A better way to dry your hair after a bath is to press your hair gently with the towel. You should also consider using a softer microfibre towel to dry your hair. This way, you will absorb the water from your hair without damaging the follicles. 
 
 
2. Shampooing Too Much or Too Little 
Shampoo is a great cleaning agent. However, using it a lot can lead to the breakage of your hair. People with harder hair should use shampoo less frequently since it can damage their hair. On the other hand, people with soft hair should shampoo their hair every day. This is because the cleaning agent will prevent the build-up of pollutants and oils on the scalp. These pollutants can disturb hair growth. 
 
 
3. Washing Your Hair with Very Hot Water 
To keep your hair healthy, you should always wash it with cold water ideally. Hot water is highly effective at washing away dirt, but it also washes away the natural oils that are needed for proper hair growth. Hot water will not only just thin your hair, it will also make your scalp itchy and dry. We realise washing your hair in cold water might sound like a punishment rather than a preservative action, but avoiding hot water is the key here. 
Cold water does not have any of these negative effects. In fact, it will significantly improve the circulation of blood in your scalp. Cold water will also help to tighten up the hair cuticles. This will make the hair strands shiny and strong. Older people should especially be keen on using cold water to wash their hair. This is because the natural oils on the scalp are replaced very slowly in older people. Rinsing your hair with cold water after a shower can help reduce the effects of the hot water if you really must use hot water in the first place. 
 
 
4. Not Using SPF 
Just like your skin, your hair can get damaged because of too much exposure to the sun. If you intend to stay out in the sun for a long time, you should protect yourself from the UV rays with hair SPF sprays. Another simpler alternative would be to get a hat that suits you. 
 
These are of course just a few bad habits related to hair – there are plenty more. However, most people associate with some of these habits, so we feel these are the most important. 
 
 
Conclusion 
Hair health is very important. If you want to keep your hair healthy, you will have to adopt a suitable shampoo routine. The exact routine will be determined by the texture of your hair. You should also avoid rubbing your hair aggressively when drying it. Instead, use a soft towel to press it gently till it dries. It is also important to wash your hair with cold water. If you usually spend long periods out in the sun, you will also find it useful to use an SPF spray. 
 
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