Healthy red hair comes from good hair habits. Many people think uncolored hair is automatically healthy, but there are a number of things you can do to damage your hair without ever coloring it. Here are 7 things you may be doing to damage your red hair:
1. Excessive heat
Hair can be exposed to too much heat through hot water in the shower, as well as heat from the sun. To reduce heat damage, be sure to always use a heat protection spray when using hot tools or blow-drying, turn down the hot water in the shower, and cover your red hair when you are in the sun.
2. Aggressive brushing
Over-brushing your red hair can cause breakage and put stress on the roots. Make sure you are using the right brushes, wait until your hair is dry to brush it and make sure to gently remove any tangles before brushing through the hair.
3. Over or under washing
Overwashing your red hair can strip it of its natural oils. This means your hair will be dry and brittle and in desperate need of moisture. Underwashing your hair could lead to build-up and scalp problems. It’s best to wash your hair 2-3 times per week and try to stick to a wash routine.
4. Towel drying
Rough towel drying causes frizz and breakage. Instead of drying your red hair with a traditional bath towel, try using a soft cotton t-shirt or a microfiber towel to reduce damage.
5. Using chemical-filled products
Chemicals are in most hair care products, but there are some that are worse than others. Try to reduce the use of things like sulfates, silicones, parabens, heavy fragrances, and alcohol in your hair care products.
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6. Wearing tight updos
Wearing your red hair pulled back tight is another thing that can cause stress on the root and damage. If it’s necessary for you to wear your hair back, try wearing it loosely, or giving it breaks on days where it’s not essential.
7. Eating the wrong foods & not drinking enough water
The foods you eat and the amount of water you drink can both have a big impact on the health of your hair. Make sure you are drinking enough water daily and eating foods rich in protein and other vitamins and nutrients to keep your red hair healthy.
Rock it like a Redhead!