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3 Common Ways You’re Damaging Your Hair

Posted by Camille Chacra on

And some effective tips for healthier hair!

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Hair is our crowning glory, and as such, it should be properly cared for. It’s easy to fall into bad habits that cause breakage, dryness, and dullness, among other issues. Today, we’re rounding up 5 common ways you’re damaging your hair, plus some easy and sustainable tips to achieve the healthiest mane!

Excessive heat can fry your strands 

Styling your hair with a blow dryer, flat iron or curling iron isn’t necessarily detrimental if you’re doing it right—this means applying protective products and using a light hand when applying heat. However, excessive heat can do some real damage; repeatedly going over the same section of hair, styling damp hair, and setting a high temperature can result in that dreaded “fried” texture, dryness and dullness. 

What to do? Establish a nourishing and protective pre-styling routine! The Safo Hydration Ritual set is a fan fave. Made with wholesome ingredients including CBD, honey and avocado oil, our hair moisturizer deeply penetrates the strands, and the scalp serum tackles dryness that can hinder hair growth. So, using hydrating products on a regular basis and styling on a mid to low temperature can make all the difference. 

Chemicals break down hair from the inside out  

Chemical damage is typically caused by potent products, such as hair relaxant and bleach. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to treat, since the cuticle—the hair’s protective layer that shields the inner layers from damage—is being destroyed by powerful chemicals, like sodium hydroxide. Yikes! 

What to do? While these tips may not excite you, they’re totally worth trying. One option is to be patient and let your hair grow out. Once it reaches a regrowth length you’re happy with, have the damaged ends snipped off. Secondly, you can simply avoid heavy chemicals altogether, and maintain your luscious curls with natural products. CBD is our go-to; it has shown great potential as a treatment that can fortify hair and build on its keratin. 

An unhealthy diet can impact the quality of your hair

Believe it or not, a balanced diet can work wonders on your locks! A little science: Hair cells are the fastest growing cells in the body. Since other areas also need nourishment, the hair and scalp aren’t always prioritized when it comes to the distribution of vital nutrients. That’s why you might see signs of nutritional deficiencies in your hair before they manifest elsewhere. Bottom line: hair is an indicator of overall health, so when something is amiss, you might experience hair loss and brittleness.

What to do? Avoid unhealthy foods that contain sugar, preservatives, saturated fats and the like. They don’t do us any favors! Of course, it’s ok to treat yourself from time to time… but it’s all about moderation. Go for greens, fruits, citrus, and grains, among other wholesome foods that support your wellbeing. And lest we forget, water is everything! Proper hydration is key to happy hair, so be sure to drink at least 8 glasses per day.

Be consistent to maintain glorious hair

Like any self-care ritual, consistency is critical. Treating damaged hair isn’t a one-time thing! Be mindful of how you style it, stay away from harsh chemicals, use natural products, and eat as clean as possible. To learn more about hair care, including the benefits of CBD, click here to sign up for our newsletter. You’ll receive access to our free guide, as well as informative emails on the regular! Our blog, Roots, is also an essential resource that covers everything from protective hairstyles, to CBD and the endocannabinoid system.

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