Do Hair Products Damage Your Hair?

Most of us use hair products every day. Some of us add hairspray and gel and texturizing spray to style our hair, but even those of us who like to leave our hair long and natural still use shampoo and conditioner on most days.

Some of the products we use help our hair in important ways, but some of the products we use can be damaging our hair and making it look dull and lifeless. Here are a few popular hair products you might be using and how they could be damaging your hair:

Woman shampooing her hair.

Shampoo
You need to shampoo your hair to remove excess oil and dirt, but too much shampooing can be bad for your hair. If you shampoo too much, you can strip the protective oils that your hair needs, leaving it dry and brittle.

Washing too often or too vigorously can also break your hair. When the hair gets wet, the hair shaft swells and becomes more elastic, which makes it easier to break. Even the act of rubbing the hair during washing can cause it to break.

You may not need to shampoo every day. You may find a schedule of every two to three days works for you. If hair gets too oily between washings, you can use dry shampoo to keep it clean and healthy.

hair spray

Hair Spray
Hair spray is the go-to hair product even for those of us who don’t know much about styling and which products to use. Yet a lot of hair spray has alcohol in it, which can dry out the hair. If you then apply heat to your hair, you’ll dry it out even more. Stick to formulas that are alcohol-free to keep the moisture in your hair.

Woman coloring her hair.

Hair Color
Even if you only highlight your hair or use semi-permanent dyes to cover your grays, you could be damaging your hair. The color changes the inner structure of your hair, which can weaken it and make it more susceptible to breakage. To protect your hair, you’ll need to minimize applications and use other products that strengthen and nourish the hair shaft.

Woman getting her hair bleached.

Perms and Bleaching
The products used to perm or bleach your hair are among the most damaging for your hair. Perms break the inner bonds of your hair and reform them, and bleach changes the structure of your hair and strips the pigment. Both make the hair shaft weaker so that it breaks more easily and has a dull and dry appearance. It’s best to avoid these treatments if you can. If you must have them, always go to a professional for the service and get restorative treatments to strengthen your hair.

Protect your hair by using the right products and by adding protein and moisture back into your hair whenever you can. You can strengthen the shaft and smooth the cuticle, creating hair that is thick, shiny, and beautiful. Work with your stylist to find the right products for your hair type and to combat the damage you do to it with styling products.

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