There’s those moments of mourning when you see the strands in your brush and wonder where you went wrong. While most times you’re just being dramatic—losing a 100 strands a day is normal—there are those occasions when your hair is literally falling out to form tiny clumps, and our guess is we know exactly when it’s happening.
If you’re someone who is constantly on the move, enjoys long rides and drives on the bike or in the car (with the windows down, of course), chances are that your destination is privy to the lackluster, dry, brittle raggedy-mop that you’re trying to pass off as hair. With the over-exposure to dust, humidity, and the sun, your strands didn’t stand a chance.
Fix It: First off, always use a wide-tooth comb to remove the knots in your hair. And better still, keep your hair in an up-do, preferably in a bun when you’re traveling. If you wish to keep it down, use a scarf as cover till you reach your destination.
For those who want to ‘look good’ while working out, we’re sure you’re experimenting with half-braids and hair bands at the the gym—even though your locks are constantly in your eyes, nose and mouth. The excessive sweating makes your hair oily and frizzy, all at the same time. By the time you’re back in the changing room and taking a shower, multiple strands are circling the drain, all in the name of vanity.
Fix It: Any activity that amps up the motion in your hair (more than normal) will lead to weaker follicles. This is the time for fitted hair-ties, and even clips and pins to keep stray strands intact. Once you’re done with your workout, release the strands, air-dry the sweat, and gently comb them out. Chances are, there will be no knots at all.
Unlike in the movies, your hair doesn’t stay in one place while you sleep. When you toss and turn, your strands follow suit. This also means that you’re dragging or rubbing your head and hair against the fabric, causing friction, snags and pulls, and creating a tangled web that is susceptible to breakage.
Fix It: You could tie a loose braid or low ponytail using a cloth hair-tie. Tying it too high may give you a headache; if it’s too tight, your hair will break; and rubber bands will cause damage and hair fall of their own.
Whatever the activity, following these tips and adding natural masks and oils to your haircare arsenal can help minimize (if not prevent) the damaging effects of your daily routine.