Do you at times complain that your hair is hurting? Well, just to be on the same page, it's not your hair that's experiencing pain, but the skin around the hair follicle that is. When the blood vessels in the scalp become inflamed, the sensory nerve fibres in the hair follicle start to ache. Sometimes the pain lasts for a few minutes and goes up to a couple of hours. If the pain is persistent, then you're probably making these mistakes.
It's never too late to mend your ways!
Tight hairstyles do more harm than good. The more pressure you apply while doing a hairstyle, the more damage you do to the hair follicles. If you like tight hairstyles, do them once or twice a week. It can't turn into an everyday thing. If it does, then at some stage, you're going to experience hair fall and severe hair pain. Use soft cloth hair ties when tying your hair and opt for loose hairstyles. Also, don't sleep with your hair tied. Leave it open and give your hair follicles a chance to breathe.
Too much of anything is not a good thing. The same rule applies to hair products as well. Using too much dry shampoo, curling creams, hair gels and hair sprays can take a toll on your scalp and hair. When the product's residue mixes with the sweat and dirt on the scalp, it can cause inflammation and itchiness. On some days, it's okay to take a break from using a product. Wash it with plain water and allow to air-dry. Sometimes, the simple things in life are the best!
Ideally, one should wash their hair twice or thrice a week. If you overdo it, your scalp's pH balance is definitely going to go for a toss. Plus, dandruff that comes along with this mistake is a story for another time. Also, pay attention to the ingredients of your shampoo. You shouldn't be using any product that contains alcohol, sulphates, parabens, synthetic fragrances and sulfates as they can cause long-term damage to your hair and scalp.
So, if you want to protect your hair and scalp, in a nutshell, you must keep these 3 things in mind. Wash less often, opt for loose hairstyles and don't use too many hair care products. If at all you still experience pain, you will have to loop in your trichologist.
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