My hair has been through a lot in its lifetime. With all the coloring, spraying, braiding, teasing, cutting, and curling it is a miracle that I still have enough hair to pull back in a ponytail. Sure, I try to be nice and counteract the damage with some conditioning masks and days when I let my hair do its natural thing — but I can't help but wonder if that's enough. If you feel like your hair could use a little more love, it may be due to one of the surprising ways you're ruining your hair.
When it comes to hair damage, some culprits are more obvious than others. You've probably known for a while that over coloring, using too much heat, and not washing frequently enough can cause your strands to look dry and overworked. But have you ever considered the heat of your shower water or not putting sunscreen may be causing long term problems for your locks? As it turns out, there are many things that people do all the time (usually in the name of convenience) that are a real injustice to their hair.
But the good news is, there are solutions to these hair hazards that you may not have been aware were so wrong. If you're not quite sure why your hair seems unhealthy, consider these seven surprising ways you're ruining your hair.