Unnoticed Bad Habits That Are Secretly Damaging Your Hair

You often hear that blow-drying or using any hot tools on wet hair may damage your hair very badly. But this is not the only thing that damages your hair.

To have good hair health, you have to maintain some hair care and be aware of bad hair habits.

So, what are the bad habits that damage your hair? Your hair might get damaged from some of your daily habits without knowing you much.

That means you are not damaging your hair consciously. After a few months, you may end up with damp or damaged hair and feel so exhausted.

So, we are here today to make you conscious of the damage you are doing to your hair by your daily bad habits.

Here below, you will find a list of bad habits that damage your hair.

1. You Are Washing Your Hair Wrong

You need to know or maintain a few things while you are in the shower. The first thing is to shower with a hot shower.

woman cleaning hair with shampoo

We know the hot shower is relaxing and make you refreshed. But heat is always an enemy of your hair.

Hot water is not suitable for your hair and scalp. It dehydrates the scalp and disrobes natural oils.

And for that, your hair will end up in dryness, dullness, and frizziness. So, when you are washing your hair, avoid the hot shower. Or cover your hair while you are having a hot shower.

The second fault we have is that we wash our hair almost every day, and we think it can make our hair clean and keep our hair healthy and in good condition.

However, too much washing is actually bad for your hair. It strips the natural and protective oils from the scalp, which helps your hair be healthy and shiny. It also dehydrates the hair and strips out the moisture from the locks.

However, if you are experiencing too much oily scalp and hair, try dry shampoo instead of washing your hair regularly.

We like TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo, which is very good at soaking up the extra oil and making your hair odor-free.

2. Over Use Hair Products

You have to be aware of what you are using on your hair. Human hair is sensitive to some chemicals that are being used in the hair products we use in our day-to-day lives.

Chemicals like sodium peroxide, hydrogen peroxide, perms, bleach, and parabens are the cause of scalp infection, irritation, weakness, and thinning hair (which will end up in hair fall).

So, to reduce hair damage, avoid using products with harsh chemicals on a regular basis. Try to use organic and homemade hair products sometimes.

Moreover, you have to stop using too much shampoo and conditioner. It is true that conditioners can reduce greasiness from strands, but overusing any shampoo and conditioner causes a lack of hydration on the scalp.

However, there’s a way that can help you get rid of using conditioner regularly – “Deep Conditioning”.

When your hair is too dull, dry, or has split ends, use deep conditioning treatment like Joico K-Pak Reconstructor once a week. It seals the hair cuticle and prevents breakage and damage.

3. Doing Wrong Hairstyles

You may get attracted to a hairstyle on your friend’s hair, but wait a moment and listen; not all hairstyles are suited for all hair types.

lady straightening her hair

First, You need to understand what type of hair you have and what types of hairstyles can best suit your hair. However, here are some hairstyles that cause damage to your hair.

Any type of tight hairstyle damages hair. Tight braids, ponytails, or hair bun hairstyles can make a sophisticated and trendy look, though.

However, these tight hairstyles cause too much tension on your hair follicles, and that extra tension on your scalp causes traction alopecia, which creates hair loss conditions.

It can also destroy hair follicles permanently and become a barrier to future hair growth. So, if your hair is too thin, relax and do loose hairstyles.

Besides, sleeping with a bun on your hair may give you comfort or a salon-professional blowout, but it can have a serious impact on your overall hair health.

To avoid this and avoid pulling up the strands from the roots, you need always to wear them down while sleeping.

If you love to sleep with bun, try silk or satin pillowcase. It will reduce friction and tugging at the hairline.

4. Brushing Your Hair Wrong Way

Wet hair is weaker than dry hair. So, you should be extra careful while dealing with wet hair. Most of us are doing it wrong here. 

The worst fault we do is brushing our wet hair forces the tangles apart. It is the best practice to detangle the knots of your hair before going in the shower.

Use a comb when your hair gets dry, or use a wide-toothed comb on wet (if necessary).

lady detangling her hair

So, you are now aware that you should not brush your wet hair. But there are some more things that you are doing wrong while brushing.

First of all, having the wrong hairbrush. Different hair types need different hairbrushes. If you have thick and curly hair, wide-toothed combs are best suited for you.

And if your hair is thin or fine, the boar’s head bristle brushes are for you then.

And finally, you may have to change the way you used to brush your hair. If you are used to brushing all of your hair at once, you are wrong.

Brush or comb it with small sections and brush your hair from the top of your head. Also, do not overbrush your hair. Continuous friction can cause breakage and split ends.  

5. Using Hot Tools Too Often

While the hairstyling tools help you achieve good-looking, beautiful, and trendy hairstyles, your hair gradually gets silently damaged; you do not know. However, the damages get serious if you use it all the wrong day after day.

So, before using any hair tools like hair straightenerscurling irons, or blow dryers, you must learn their proper uses. And before any of the hair tools that use heat, use a heat protectant.

hair stylist using a blow dryer to the customer's hair

Some of the best heat protectant
Besides, there are different hair tools for different hair types. Read our review on hair straighteners to know which will be the best suited according to your hair type.

Moreover, buy high-quality straighteners or flat irons for damaged hair like BIO Ionic Onepass Straightening Iron or HSI Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron. These will cause less harm to your hair.

And finally, when you blow-dry your hair, use your hairdryer in continuous motion and keep the distance at least 6 inches from your hair. While using a hair straightener, set the right temperature according to your hair type.

6. Avoiding Routine Hair Trimming

It is always hard to grow hair strands. So, when a girl’s hair is about trimmed, they get disappointed. But in reality, trimming your hair regularly can keep good hair healthy.

By trimming, you can get rid of dry and split hair locks. It also prevents future hair breakage and splits if you trim regularly or once a month. 

7. Poor Diet

Your hair and scalp need lots of vitamins to maintain good health. If you are consuming too many unhealthy foods or diet unwisely, your scalp will not get enough nutrients, which will result in hair loss and hair thinning.

So, never diet poorly and always try to eat foods rich in zinc, minerals, protein, vitamins B, C, and E.


Maintaining good hair health depends not only on how you take care of your hair but also on avoiding the bad habits from your day-to-day life.

We have tried to make you acknowledge the bad habits that damage your hair with this article. Now the final part is yours.

You have to be aware of the things we have told you above, and if you have the habits in you, try to change those as soon as possible.


  • BUYKUD, HAIR: Top 10 Bad Habits that Damage Your Hair, Jul 07, 2017

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