In our carefree 20s, our hair is often at its prime – full of life, vibrancy, and volume. However, the happy-go-lucky days may take a toll on our hair as we experiment with various hairstyles, colors, and heat styling tools without adequate protection and care. Most of us succumb to this recklessness, which can lead to long-term damage, breakage, and hair fall as we age.
Fortunately, making small adjustments to our hair care routine can help us avoid mistakes that could otherwise haunt us in the future. Let’s delve into the five common hair care mistakes to steer clear of in your 20s.
1. Overuse of Heat Styling Tools
One of the most prevalent mistakes in our 20s is excessive use of heat styling tools. While the allure of perfectly styled hair is undeniable, constant exposure to blow dryers, hair straighteners, and curlers without proper protection can damage your hair. The intense heat strips the hair of its natural moisture, leading to dryness, brittleness, and eventual breakage.
To avoid this mistake, apart from reducing the use of heat on your hair, consider incorporating heat-protectant serums into your styling routine. These products act as a shield, minimizing damage caused by high temperatures. Additionally, give your hair occasional breaks from styling tools to allow it to recover and maintain its natural resilience. Kérastase has a number of hair serums that offer protection, shine, and a dose of luxurious care. One of our favorites is the Kérastase Elixir Ultime hair serum. And don’t forget, there are some killer no-heat hairstyles that you can do instead of constantly relying on heat styling.
2. Ignoring Regular Trims:
Regular haircuts may seem like a low priority when you’re young. However, neglecting routine trims can result in split ends and hinder healthy hair growth. Damaged ends tend to travel up the hair shaft, causing more extensive damage over time.
Make it a habit to schedule regular trims every 8-12 weeks to remove split ends and promote overall hair health. This simple practice can prevent breakage, maintain your hair’s shape, and contribute to its overall vibrancy.
3. Overlooking the Importance of a Balanced Diet
Amidst our bustling 20s, maintaining a balanced diet often takes a backseat. However, what you eat directly impacts your hair health. A lack of essential nutrients, particularly vitamins and minerals, can result in hair fall.
Ensure your diet includes a variety of foods rich in iron, vitamins A and E, and proteins to boost hair nourishment. Additionally, consider incorporating a hair fall shampoo into your routine. Kérastase’s Genesis Bain Hydra-Fortifiant Shampoo for Normal to Oily Hair is a stellar choice. Enriched with Edelweiss Native Cells, it strengthens the hair fiber while providing a fresh feel. This shampoo also comes in a variant customized for dry hair – Genesis Bain Nutri-Fortifiant Shampoo for Normal to Dry Hair. It nourishes and hydrates dry hair, promoting a healthier scalp.
4. Ignoring Protective Hairstyles during Physical Activities
While embracing an active lifestyle is commendable, the impact of physical activities on your hair should not be underestimated. Ignoring protective hairstyles during workouts or outdoor activities can lead to friction, breakage, and hair fall.
Opt for hairstyles like braids or buns to minimize friction and prevent your hair from getting tangled during physical activities. This simple measure can safeguard your hair from unnecessary damage and contribute to its overall health.
5. Neglecting Scalp Health
The health of your hair is closely tied to the well-being of your scalp. Neglecting proper scalp care can lead to issues such as dandruff, dryness, and, ultimately, hair fall.
Set a haircare routine keeping your scalp health in mind. Start by incorporating a gentle hair fall shampoo that addresses scalp concerns. Next, follow it up with the Genesis Fondant Renforçateur Conditioner for added strength and hair nourishment. Finally, complete your routine with Genesis Anti-Hair Fall Serum. A daily hair serum that boosts resistance at the scalp, strengthening hair day after day to reduce hair fall and enhance hair health.
While these hair care mistakes are curated for those in their 20s, they apply to all ages because it’s never too late to get your haircare game right.
Hair Care Practices for Good Hair Health
While it’s never too late to correct mistakes, establishing good hair care practices is equally vital. It is recommended that you incorporate the following practices into your routine:
1. Use tailor-made products to fight targeted hair concerns such as dandruff, hair fall, hair breakage, etc. For instance, using a hair fall shampoo will be more effective than a routine one if you want to target hair fall. Ensure to wash your hair regularly, but not excessively. Overwashing can strip your hair of its natural oils, leading to dryness and potential breakage
2. Incorporate a nourishing hair oil in your hair care routine to stimulate scalp health.
3. While a hot shower is tempting, hot water can strip your hair of essential oils and cause dryness. Opt for lukewarm or cool water when washing your hair to maintain its natural hydration.
4. Wet hair is more susceptible to breakage, so handle it with care. Avoid vigorous towel-drying or aggressive brushing when your hair is wet. Instead, gently pat your hair dry and use a wide-tooth comb to detangle.
5. Limit the use of heat-styling tools to prevent damage. If you must use them, apply a heat-protectant serum.
While our 20s may be a time of carefree experimentation, taking heed of these common hair care mistakes can set the foundation for a lifetime of healthy and beautiful hair. By incorporating good practices and using specialized products like those from Kérastase, you can ensure your hair remains resilient and vibrant, regardless of age.
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