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13 bad beauty habits that are making you ugly

by Piper Rose

 

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Speaking of moisturizer, how well is yours working? If your skin is continually dry or oily, inspect your moisturizer. Is it too heavy or too light? Is it right for the season? Does it contain drying alcohols? Do you need a higher SPF? Start investigating.

 

Everyone’s got bad habits, but some of them may be doing more than just annoying your friends—they may be ruining your beauty! You know what we’re talking about. They’re those seemingly harmless little self-preserving tasks that you may neglect to do or do too much. So, if breaking out of these bad beauty habits means healthier, enviable-looking hair, skin and nails, then you may want to start doing a little damage control, pronto!
But first, know what it is exactly you’re doing wrong with our roundup of 13 bad beauty habits to break.

Using Your Nails As Tools

And this comes straight from a nail technician. Using fingernails to open cans, scratch out cuticles and any number of other odd jobs is going to cause tearing and breakage. It’s just common sense.

Skipping Trims

We definitely understand wanting to hold on to your length, but it shouldn’t be at the cost of your hair’s overall healthiness. Regular haircuts and trims get rid of split ends that ultimately cause shortening breakage.

Not Wearing Sunscreen

We tell you this time and time again, so if you’re still not wearing sunscreen (especially with spring here and summer coming) then shame on you. The easiest thing to do is buy a moisturizer already infused with the wonder formula.

Not Having A Good Moisturizer

Speaking of moisturizer, how well is yours working? If your skin is continually dry or oily, inspect your moisturizer. Is it too heavy or too light? Is it right for the season? Does it contain drying alcohols? Do you need a higher SPF? Start investigating.

Playing With Your Hair

Yes, we all get bored and anxious, but don’t take it out on your hair. Continual pulling (or even gnawing) puts too much stress on strands that can’t support that kind of pressure. Avoid this especially with your edges, which will bald a lot more quickly!

Combing Or Brushing Hair Too Much

We’ve all heard the 100 brush strokes makes hair shiny and healthy myth, but there is no evidence to support its benefits. In fact, this is simply another form of unneeded stress on tresses.

Biting Nails

While we’re at it, let’s tackle another stress-related bad habit: nail biting. We don’t have to explain the disadvantages of chewing your nails down to nubs, right? And if that’s not enough to deter you, think about all the germs and bacteria you’re also swallowing in the process.

Using Drying Body Soaps & Washes

Skin care is about more than just your face. If you constantly find areas of your body dry and ashy, your first instinct is to hold your body lotion responsible. But, you may also want to take a look at your body soap. Go for buys that boast hydration and moisture.

Not Protecting Your Hair At Night

When you’re really ready to hit the bed, a little nighttime beauty prep can feel like a big chore. But would you rather miss 10 minutes of sleep or a half a head of hair when it comes down to it? Figure out a protective styling method for your hair during sleep.

Not removing Makeup Before Bed

Would you rather miss 5 minutes of sleep or get skin like gravel? You know the drill.

Not Washing Your Face Enough

This is more for the oily-skin sufferers. We’re sure you probably already have blotting papers on hand, but if you’re able to, wash your face in the middle of the day. It will make a much bigger impact than sopping away the oil.

Too Much Heat On Hair

This is another concern we address here on the site regularly. There are minor changes you can make to avoid heat-damaged hair like not setting your tool to its max temp or over-heating it for the style desired. You should also avoid heat-styling too much in a short period. Instead of restyling with heat, seek out styles that are great on stale hair like a braided crown. There are also a few no-heat styling methods you can employ to achieve certain looks if your hair type permits.

Too Many Manis

Frequent nail salon visits or at-home manis may be damaging your nails. The constant application of acrylic tips, gel manis and nail polish remover weakens and strips fingernails. Try to space getting your ‘nails did’ with nail-strengthening solutions.

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Ladies, this is probably why your hair is not growing

by Nina Harwell

 

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Styles that tug on your hair can cause trauma to your roots. When your hair style is too tight your strands are prone to snapping off, which is why many women suffer from hair loss around the edges. 

 

Since the exponential increase of African Americans going chemical free, it has been proven that black girls can have long hair. For years, we have made so many decisions that can damage our hair, causing slower growth, but there are some things you can do to grow your hair to its fullest potential.

Too Much Product

Do you find yourself packing on a ton of product? Well this could be the cause of slowed hair growth. In order for the hair to grow, it has to be able to push through your follicle, and using too much product can clog it. When it come to African American hair, our follicle is thinner than others and our hair has to work a bit harder to push through, which is actually why our hair is so kinky. If you are a product junkie, you can still pack on the product but make sure hair is cleansed and exfoliated at least twice a month. This will rid the scalp of product build up, giving your tresses full reign to flow down your back.

Chemical/Heat Overload

Your hair grows in phases and even in a healthy head of hair only ninety percent of your strands are alive. You want to do all that you can to keep those strands healthy and create an environment that promotes growth. Constantly frying your hair with excessive heat and harsh chemicals will slowly but surly kill those live strands resulting in hair loss.

Styles that Cause Trauma

Styles that tug on your hair can cause trauma to your roots. When your hair style is too tight your strands are prone to snapping off, which is why many women suffer from hair loss around the edges. I understand that if weaves and braids are super tight, they may last longer but you want to make sure your natural hair is first priority. Even putting your hair in a tight bun or ponytail consistently can be damaging so try letting your hair flow freely every once in a while!

Prolong the life of your hair by changing a few things in your routine. African Americans can grow hair just as long as everyone else, but our hair is a lot more fragile than most and need some extra care. If you avoid these three common mistakes, you will be well on your way to long, healthy hair.

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Op-ed pieces and contributions are the opinions of the writers only and do not represent the opinions of Y!/YNaija.