1. Amla (Indian Gooseberry)
Drinking a cup of this fruit juice a day has many health benefits, being rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants. These can fight the free radicals that may damage our hair, and lead to gray hair. You can also use amla oil directly on your hair to strengthen and promote hair growth, as well as enriching your hair pigment, which may contribute to keeping your natural hair color.
2. Curry leaves
Surprisingly curry leaves can be a great way to prevent premature graying because they have antioxidants and iron in them, as well as other beneficial vitamins and minerals. Studies have found that iron deficiencies can lead to premature graying, so this may be a healthy way to slow down the processes of going gray early.
You can use the curry leaves as an extract mixed with coconut oil for your hair, or you can crush some leaves into a powder and add the powder to the coconut oil.
3. Nutritional supplements
Sometimes our gray hairs are trying to tell us that our bodies need more nutrients and that it’s time to start taking nutritional supplements. Low levels of vitamins B12, B7 (biotin), B9 (folic acid), and D3 have been found in people experiencing premature graying, according to a study of 52 people. Topping up on these nutrients may help keep your hair young and healthier for longer.
4. Foods rich in catalase
Sweet potatoes, carrots, red peppers, and mushrooms are just some of the foods that can help to prevent premature graying. This is because they have high levels of an enzyme called catalase, something that is shown to protect your hair pigment. Regularly eating these foods may help to keep your hair protected from turning gray early.
5. Green tea
Antioxidants are important when it comes to hair care because they shield you from free radicals from sunlight and pollution. This is why drinking green tea can help your body fight against the effects of free radicals because it is full of nutrients, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. Adding green tea extracts to your hair (as a shampoo or hair oil) can also help it to stay strong and delay the growth of grays.
6. Dark chocolate
Foods full of copper have been found to be very helpful to stop premature grays. This makes food like dark chocolate your friend, since it is bursting with copper. Copper actually plays a very important role in hair pigmentation, because it is a crucial part of melanin, the dark pigment that colors our skin, eyes, and hair. Melanin relies on copper, and without enough of it, our hair can gray.
7. Sweet almond oil
Almonds are packed with vitamin E and A, both important nutrients for keeping our hair looking young. Regularly massaging small amounts of this oil into your damp hair after a shower may help to protect your hair’s graying process by defending it against oxidants and free radicals. This will help to keep your hair strong and protected against damage, including premature graying.
Natural treatments for gray hair
You can use cold black tea as an after-shampoo rinse or add it to your leave-in conditioner. Over time the tannins in the tea can darken your gray hairs, without causing any damage. You can repeat as many times as you want until your hair is dark enough.
All you need to do is steep 3-5 tea bags, or a few teaspoons, of black tea leaves, in 1 cup of boiling water. Once it is cold, apply it to your hair and leave it for one hour before rinsing it out with cold water.
2. False daisy (bhringraj)
This nifty treatment for gray hair can help you to cover it without any harmful chemicals. You can use it by heating the bhringraj in a pan over low heat. Once cooled, apply a small amount of the oil onto the top of your head and gently massage it into your scalp and the roots to allow it to be absorbed. You can repeat this twice a week to start with, then reducing it to only once a week.
3. Black coffee
One of our favorite pick-me-ups can also cover your gray hairs by staining them to make them darker. Coffee has the effect of dying your hair, although not permanently. It is a good option for quickly darkening your hair a shade or 2. Simply brew a strong cup of dark-roast coffee, add 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds, and a cup of conditioner. After washing your hair use the coffee conditioner on damp hair.
To allow the color to set into your hair, leave the coffee conditioner in your hair for one hour with your hair in a shower cap. Finally, rinse it out until the water runs clean. The “dye” should last for up to 2 weeks.
1. The plumbing is not made for paper.
In many Asian countries, water management systems are not as good as in the West. Because of the sanitary problems it may cause, flushing toilet paper is not recommended. That’s why people there usually use water bowls, bidets, or bidet showers instead of paper. Also, to make sure that you can flush paper in the toilet, pay attention to whether there is a bin. In many cases, the bin serves to collect the toilet paper.
2. It can cause irritation.
Toilet tissue that is too hard can irritate the area, especially for people who have hemorrhoids or fissures. Using water instead is much more gentle and could be helpful to relieve pressure in the perianal area.
3. It may lead to urinary infections.
Poor wiping habits with toilet paper can lead to the spread of bacteria. Moreover, for women, wiping back to front could increase the risk of transferring bacteria to the urethra. By using alternatives like a bidet or using a wet wipe, it’s possible to escape these issues.
4. It has cultural meaning.
In Muslim countries, washing after all instances of defecation is a part of Islamic toilet etiquette. The same rule is culturally interwoven in India too.
5. It’s not hygienic enough.
Water is considered more hygienic than tissue paper. Toilet paper doesn’t remove fecal matter thoroughly and wiping is not always enough.
6. It’s not environmentally-friendly.
According to expert analysis, in the USA only, 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper are used every year, representing the pulping of some 15 million trees. This also requires huge amounts of water, bleach, energy, and packaging materials. Using other means like a bidet, as the experts believe, is much more environmentally-friendly.
1. Wood, metal, and concrete expand based on changes in temperature.
The temperature in your house changes a lot at night in comparison to the rest of the day. The humidity levels are shifting, and wood, metal, and concrete react to that change by expanding. For example, if a wooden surface is kept warm during the day but cools off at night, it’s only natural that it will be affected. That’s why it can make unusual noises that are enough to give you a heart attack late at night.
2. Your water pipes might need some securing.
There are several different noises that your pipes can make during the day, especially at night. It could sound like banging or whistling or even humming, but it’s not a ghost that’s causing the issue. You might be having trouble with the water flow or draining problems. Also, many houses often experience loose pipes that result in water dripping in the sink, and they desperately need some securing.
3. A new house makes noises while settling.
If you just moved into a brand new house and it keeps creaking and banging every single night, don’t worry. All these noises are just the building’s reaction to temperature changes. That’s because new houses are still very humid from all the materials that were used to build them. So when they start to dry out, they expand, and therefore, are very noisy.
4. Loose screws are holding your wooden floor.
If your staircase is squeaking too much, and every time your cat goes up and down you think you have an intruder, here’s what you have to check. It’s possible that the screws holding the steps of the stairs have loosened up. Apart from tightening them, you should think about adding some extra screws for additional security. A serrated thread will probably be your best option for keeping the stairs in place and getting rid of any squeaking.
5. You might have mice in your walls.
Mice have the ability to reproduce in huge numbers, and your house walls are ideal for that. If you’ve noticed small holes on the baseboards or the walls, then you’re probably housing loads of them. What you need to do is lure them out of their hiding place with food.
You should find areas they have left their droppings at and place various traps with cheese or peanut butter there. When they feel hungry, they’ll come out and probably eat your bait.
6. Your roof gutters are used by pests to enter your home.
Pests like mice can block your gutters and overflow your backyard with water. They can also use the gutters as a hiding place until they can enter your home through the roof. The pile of leaves that may be left on your gutters is an excellent help for the pests to achieve their goal. That’s why keeping them clean is the first step to keep annoying rodents away.
Another solution would be to put a mesh screen at the downspout pipe so that nothing can climb up to your roof.
7. You just watched a horror movie and are imagining things.
According to psychologists, our brains fill with fear and distress after watching a horror movie. Our entire bodies are stimulated and expect an invisible threat to attack. Our mental focus sharpens, our adrenaline rises, and our hearts start pounding fast.
A psychology professor advises that whenever we’re overcome with anxiety after watching a scary movie, we should do the following. Get closer to your fear and ask yourself how possible that hypothetical scenario is. For example, if you’re afraid that a murderer will enter your home, ask yourself if that’s something that’s really possible or not.
1. Blanket tug-of-war
Some sleepers are just not into blanket-sharing. You go to sleep with your relationship being 50/50, but the next thing you know, it’s freezing cold, you’re curled up in a corner, and shivering. There’s no blanket left for you! It’s futile to try to pull it back since the hogging will just happen again. Despite the comical nature of the blanket controversy, it can actually stiffen your relationship and have a bad impact on the quality of your sleep.
Imagine you’re snoozing, feeling warm and comfy in your bed, and suddenly, a locomotive’s horn tuts right above your ear. Nope, it’s not an emergency alert, it’s just your beloved failing to push the air through their nose properly.
As a single incident, snoring is not a big deal, but in a worst-case scenario, it can be a symptom of a bigger problem. It sabotages bedtime for both parties, leaving the snorer with headaches, weariness, and other evidence of sleep deprivation the next day.
3. Different temperature preferences
66°F to 69°F (19°C to 20.5°C) is considered an optimal sleeping temperature for most people, but sometimes it can slightly vary. You can discover that your partner’s preferable “sleeping settings” differ from yours. With uncomfortable ambient temperature, it takes longer to fall asleep. It’s harder to get into a deep sleep as well, so you might have trouble staying asleep.
4. Nighttime wake-ups
Unprompted waking up in the middle of the night isn’t uncommon. It can be a sign of insomnia or a result of stress, electronic-use, a poor sleep environment, or just a unique sleep schedule. When you wake up and can’t get back to sleep after 15 or 20 minutes, there’s no point in just lying here. And if it happens frequently, the first thing to remember is to be courteous toward your partner.
5. Night sweats
You slipped into a fresh, cool bed and everything seems perfect. But as hours tick on and 2 people’s bodies heat up the environment, many people start to get sweaty. Night sweats can quickly turn into a joint problem if you use one blanket or cuddle in your sleep. Surely, cuddling or even laying close to a sweating person is uncomfortable.
6. Clashing sleep cycles
This is known as the early bird vs night owl war. We all have our own “chronotype” that reigns over our internal sleep clock. It may change as we get older: young adults peak in “eveningness” and grow to be “morning types” with age.
If you’ve realized that you and your partner have an opposing circadian rhythm, it’s important to follow your own sleep schedule and live according to your chronotype. Evening people who try to go to bed too early might end up with insomnia since the pressure to sleep when the body is not ready triggers anxiety and frustration.
7. Children in the bed
Sharing a bed with one partner is already a feat on its own, but adding a child to the mix can really ruin your nighttime rhythm. You’re suddenly awoken, your sleep is disrupted, and the child crawls into bed, taking up more space. The marriage can become tense because of this, especially if someone has to leave to make room, and parents often feel stuck in situations like this.
1. Exfoliating your skin every day keeps your skin youthful.
Although you may feel like your skin is smoother and younger after exfoliating your face, don’t do this every day. The problem with doing this every day is mostly related to people with sensitive or dry skin. By exfoliating the skin every day, you may end up experiencing stinging or even producing more sebum/acne if your skin is naturally oily. Thus, refrain from exfoliating your skin every day.
2. A little sunscreen is enough to maintain young-looking skin.
You probably already know that wearing sunscreen is vital for having young, healthy skin. But how much is enough? According to scientists, people only wear 40% of the advised amount of sunscreen on their skin. A simple way to know how much sunscreen to use is by using the “2-finger” method — 2 strips of sunscreen from the base to the tip of your middle and index fingers will be just enough.
3. The more you wash your face, the better.
Thoroughly and consistently washing your face will remove excess pollution and keep it looking young, right? Not really. Too much washing will remove natural oils from the skin and may even result in irritation. According to experts, 2 times a day is good, and 3 times, at most, is ideal.
4. Only expensive cosmetics will lead to good anti-aging results.
Pricy cosmetics don’t necessarily mean that good results will be obtained. Of course, new technology requires you to make a bit of an investment, which may lead to higher prices, but that’s not always the case. A high price also could mean that the company splurged on advertising, packaging, or ingredients. Knowing that, you can also purchase cosmetics at a fair price and still get the results you want.
5. You need a complex anti-aging skincare routine.
To take care of your skin, you don’t have to own a large variety of beauty products or have a complex skincare routine. According to medical professionals, you only need a gentle cleanser, a face exfoliant, a moisturizer for your skin type, a retinoid cream, and, of course, sunscreen of at least 30 SPF.
6. If you’re young, there is no need for anti-aging skincare
Another wrong thing people do is take care of their skin only after signs of aging start to appear. However, we should be focusing on prevention during our twenties and then correcting them in our sixties. That being said, daily antioxidants and the use of sunscreen is vital for young-looking skin.
7. More retinol will lead to better results.
Suppose you’re doing your nighttime skincare routine and you feel like your skin needs a little help. In this case, what you need to do is apply a massive amount of retinol cream, right? Wrong. Applying too much could lead to peeling and dryness.
So how much should you use? A pea-sized drop for your entire face should be enough.
8. People with darker skin don’t need sunscreen.
This a myth that leads to confusion. Although people with darker skin may be more protected from the sun when compared to people with lighter skin, they’re still prone to sunburns, which visually, doesn’t look as obvious. Because of this, some of us may carry a false sense of security. Regardless, everyone should be protected with at least 30 SPF sunscreen for healthy, youthful-looking skin.
9. 8 glasses of water a day will keep the wrinkles away.
Water plays an important role in health. Dry skin also leaves your face feeling aged, but dehydration won’t cause permanent wrinkles. According to specialists, it’s important to drink enough water, use gentle cosmetics, and, of course, refrain from bad habits in order to prevent wrinkles.
1. Air humidifier
Not only do dust mites live in dust, but they also take an active part in its production. Moreover, they cause allergic reactions. These microorganisms love humidity, which is why a home that has an air humidifier in it is a paradise for them. In order not to turn your home into an all-inclusive resort for dust mites, it’s better not to switch the device to full power, but instead, keep the level of humidity at 40%-50%.
It’s also worth noting that ultrasonic and mechanical humidifiers create dust by themselves. As the water evaporates, the minerals dissolved in it turn into so-called white dust. It covers furniture and other surfaces with a thin layer in the room where the device is operating.
2. Clothes washed with a softener
Any fabric consists of fibers that crumble over time and turn into dust. If the particles of a product stay on threads, the process becomes even more active. That’s what happens if you wash your clothes with a softener. The product penetrates into the fabric fibers and then crumbles. That’s why sometimes it’s better to do without the softener.
3. House plants
Yes, house plants do clean the air and reduce dustiness. However, they don’t absorb big particles and become dirty on their own over time. The accumulated dust worsens the filtering properties of plants and prevents the normal flow of photosynthesis. The amount of chlorophyll in the leaves decreases, causing the beloved flower to no longer clean the air but act as a dust collector. In order to prevent this from happening, plants should be periodically cleaned.
4. Papers and cartons
The paper fibers crumble and generate dust — that’s the reason why we have to wipe down bookshelves so often. Moreover, there are other sources of paper dust in homes, such as old newspapers and magazines, shoe boxes, paper packaging from home appliances, and more. The paper should be stored outside the home and be used for utilization only.
A warm bed is a perfect environment for dust mites. If possible, it’s worth replacing pillows, blankets, and mattresses made of natural down feathers with products that have synthetic fillers. To achieve the best effect, you can use protective mattress toppers and bed box-spring covers.
6. A TV set in the kitchen
All electronic appliances attract dust, while the top parts of furniture and home appliances are always dirty. It makes a TV set on the fridge a true dust combo. And the funniest part? Most people don’t even switch the thing on.
Try looking at your home with a fresh eye — perhaps you have appliances that no one uses that you could simply get rid of, sell, or give as a present to someone.
7. Big, fluffy carpets in each room
They contain way more dust and allergens than solid floor coverings. Not only do carpets actively attract dirt, but they also emit microparticles and volatile compounds. That’s why it’s better to opt for models with a short stack that don’t cover the floor from one wall to the other — and ideally, they should be kept out of the bedroom. It will help you to not inhale as much dust while you sleep.
8. A closet with outerwear
Winter jackets and other things that are stored in the depths of your closet don’t simply hang there. In fact, they accumulate dust from the air and scatter their fibers around. That’s why storing clothes that no one wears at the moment in sealed or hanging bags actually makes sense.
9. Blinds with slats
A lot of dust gets to our homes through windows — that’s why blinds that serve as a barrier get dirty quite fast. Blinds that are easier to clean can help in this situation.
It makes sense to hang more practical roller blinds instead of standard blinds with slats that get covered with dust quite fast. Some of the other alternatives are non-woven polyester pleated blinds, honeycomb blinds, and Roman blinds.
10. Upholstered furniture and textiles
Upholstered furniture is like a sponge — it absorbs dust. That’s why experts recommend opting for products made of wood, plastic, or leather. They also remind us that the less soft upholstery and fabrics there are in the room, the better. Not only do textiles accumulate dust, but they also produce it. Luckily, you can save your couches and armchairs by changing their upholstery often and buying anti-dust covers.
11. Heavy drapes
In order to breathe easier at home, you can try replacing heavy drapes with cotton or synthetic curtains. They hold onto less dirt and can be machine washed.
In order to prevent dust from going through to your apartment, make sure not to open your windows early in the morning or late at night as well as in rainy or hot weather. The best time for airing out a room is anytime between noon and the evening.
Anyone who has ever tried to clean the slots in a radiator grill has seen how much dust, cobwebs, and dirt accumulates there. The situation can be improved by radiator covers and panels that not only look beautiful in the interior but that also help keep radiators clean. In this case, dust and dirt won’t settle on partitions, which are sometimes difficult to wash, but rather, on a flat surface that can be easily wiped off with a rag. Moreover, the radiator will be closed on the sides, which will contribute to less dust getting into the room. As for the front panel of the radiator, it can be vacuum cleaned.
By the way, you can make a front panel for the radiator yourself out of perforated plywood, for example.
An important note: The panel should be at least 1.5 inches wider, 1.2 inches higher, and 0.8 inches deeper than the radiator. Otherwise, the heat dissipation of the appliance may be reduced.
13. Old vacuum cleaners
When it comes to combating dust, the main thing to do is prevent it from moving from one place to another. However, this is what happens frequently when we vacuum clean our homes. Scientists conducted a series of tests and found that all vacuum cleaners not only suck in dust but also throw it into the air. Even devices with HEPA filters can’t complete this task, 100%.
But at least they suck in more particles than they emit, which is why experts don’t see a better alternative as of now. They also recommend ditching older, cheap vacuum cleaner models — you will never get rid of dust if you keep using them.
A functional cabinet with a mirror
Mirror-cabinets are especially important for small bathrooms where every inch of space matters. It doesn’t create a feeling of tightness, and mirrors that have shelves on the sides can be a perfect option for storing cosmetic items that should be kept in a dark place that we use in front of the mirror.
Shower curtains with pockets
Such pockets perfectly house everything that can’t be placed on shelves (like brushes, bath puffs, scrapers, and other bath items).
A garbage bin
It’s very convenient to have a small garbage bin in the bathroom, but for some reason, many people neglect this idea. Make sure to place the bin in an unnoticeable place — it will let you ditch Q-tips, cotton pads, soap packs, and other small things right then and there instead of carrying these items through the whole house to reach the main garbage bin. And as an extra bonus, this makes it so you won’t have to empty the garbage as often.
This is a stylish and functional way to store things that get lost easily, such as cosmetic items in small packs, hair accessories, and various tubes. Simply put the tray where it’s comfortable for you and you’ll get a very chic-looking interior.
Mittens for storing soap
Solid soap that is almost completely finished but that you feel stingy getting rid of can be put in a separate puff in the shape of a mitten. It’s easy to store such a mitten in the bathroom on a hook and can be used as an organizer. Plus, you only need to wet it to wash your body. Of course, only one person can use it to remain hygenic.
A mop holder
This minimalistic device, which is fixed to the wall or any other vertical surface that is comfortable for you, can help you prop the mop up quickly without it always falling down.
Baskets can be of different sizes, from small ones that contain cosmetics to big ones that house various textiles. Baskets are made from materials that are natural and airy, making them a perfect place for storing clean towels.
Petal-shaped soap dishes
The base of such a soap dish is fixed on a suction cup, and you can put it on any surface in the bathroom that’s comfortable for you. Thanks to the groove that lets water drain right into the sink, the soap doesn’t stay wet, and the dish itself stays neat-looking. Additionally, it can also be used in the kitchen — you can store a sponge for washing dishes in it.
A handle for the toilet seat
A small handle can be fixed to the toilet seat, letting you lift and lower it down without having to touch the germ-ridden surface. Thanks to its small size, it’s almost unnoticeable and doesn’t create any discomfort when using the toilet. And you can install this device yourself — you’ll just need some glue and a spoon.
1. You notice more hair loss than usual.
While it is totally normal to lose some hair in the shower, washing it too often and using too much shampoo can affect its growth and can eventually lead to shedding. Shampooing too frequently strips away natural oils produced by your scalp, affecting its microbiome. When your scalp is out of balance, it prevents new hair from growing, makes your tresses more fragile, and can result in hair loss. To keep your scalp’s microbiome in balance, it’s recommended to use mild, sulfate-free shampoos and to stretch out your hair washes.
2. You see a lot of split ends.
Trimming your hair regularly can help you keep split ends at bay, but the habit of washing your hair daily could be sabotaging the good effects of your haircut. Wet hair is extra fragile and prone to breakage, so the more you wash it, the more chances your ends be split. Over washing and aggressive towel-drying sap moisture from your hair which can result in overly dry and rough ends.
3. Your hair looks greasier than usual.
Although shampoo is supposed to leave your hair squeaky-clean, it can actually make it oilier. When you wash your hair too often, it causes your scalp to overproduce oil to rehydrate. Washing your hair less often is actually a key to keeping it clean for longer, and you can train your oil glands to produce less oil by gradually waiting longer between hair washes.
4. Your hair looks less shiny.
If you start noticing that your hair looks extra thirsty and has lost its shine, chances are it may need a break from washing. A constant lack of moisture can impact the texture of your hair, leaving it dull and lifeless. In addition to stripping out the oils from your hair, shampooing too often can also lead to residue build-up, causing your hair to look less shiny.
5. Your hair color fades fast.
If you have dyed hair, paying attention to how long the color stays vibrant can often indicate whether you’re washing it too much. Shampooing your locks too frequently can dull the color and make it fade faster. It’s recommended that you train your tresses to be washed every 2-3 days and use products made specifically for color-treated hair.
6. Your hair looks frizzy.
If your hair keeps getting frizzy, this might be another sign that you’re shampooing it too often. Frizzy hair is typically damaged due to coloring or heat, and over washing it will make it even more fragile. To tame the frizz, limit your washes to 2-3 times a week and use a resetting spray to revive your hair.
7. Your hair gets tangled easily.
Daily washes cause the cuticle of your hair to stay open, making it become more dry and brittle. This, in turn, results in knots and tangles in your hair, and when you brush it, the comb may get stuck, damaging your hair even more.
1. Choosing the wrong hairstyle
Some haircuts are only good for a certain type of hair. For example, an even cut is good for thick hair, and thin hair should be cut in layers. Hairdressers know about all these things which is why it’s better to listen to their professional advice instead of insisting on getting a haircut like a famous model or a favorite actress. In real life, it won’t look exactly the way you want.
2. Wearing the wrong clothes
Hairdressers recommend coming to them in the clothes you wear most of the time because the hairstyle should match your look. If you mostly wear casual clothes, wear those instead of a dress you put on once a year. Some hairdressers will ask you not to wear certain clothes at all.
3. Not being able to sit still
When a person is constantly moving in the chair or looking around, it’s really hard for a hairdresser to work. If you sit in the chair with your arms or legs crossed, the cut may end up being shorter on one side. And when a hairdresser is using a razor, it’s better to not move your neck at all.
4. Being emotional
Women often go to hairdressers when something bad happens in their romantic lives. By changing their look dramatically, they want to let go of the past and feel more confident. But painful emotions after breaking up are not something you should rely on when changing your look.
“I want bangs”
“Great, have you ever had bangs?”
“Ok, how long have you been thinking about getting them?”
“Oh, I just decided today”
“Any major life changes?”
“I just got out of a relationship.”
5. Coming in with gel on our hair
If a client hasn’t washed their hair for a few days, it will be hard for a hairdresser to estimate the actual state of their hair and recommend a hairstyle. The grease makes their hair heavier and the hairdresser just doesn’t know what it will look like when it’s clean. Gels and other styling products have the same effect.
6. Not estimating the length correctly
For many hairdressers, the state of your hair is more important than the length, so they cut off all the damaged hair. If a client doesn’t warn them that they wanted to keep the length, they might have an unexpected surprise. Problems may also appear when clients give very vague descriptions of how much hair they want to be cut.
By the way, if you just want to refresh your haircut and you remember when you had a haircut last time, just tell the hairdresser. They can calculate the necessary length.
7. Not being ready to take care of dyed hair
After dyeing, hair becomes more fragile and needs special care. At the very least, it needs alcohol-free and sulfate-free shampoos. But many women think that a regular shampoo will work fine and then they complain that their expensive dye washed off too fast.
8. Not telling them about your hair experiments
Some women are afraid of being judged for using cheap dyes from the grocery store. But if you don’t want to have unexpected hair color or lose your hair completely, it’s better not to lie.
9. Arguing with hairdressers
Hairdressers study for a long time to learn everything about hair types, color chemistry, and types of haircuts. This is why telling them how to cut, or how to dye is pointless. But of course, when you see some mistakes, don’t be shy to ask about them.
Bonus: Professional advice on washing hair
1. You might develop migraines.
The ponytail headache is as real as it sounds. It’s a type of allodynia, which means that a normal thing causes pain. Your hair is not sensitive to pain, but underneath your hair follicles, there are nerves that can be triggered by the tight pull, and they can sense pain.
2. Your scalp may start to hurt.
Exactly like with the ponytail headache, the nerves that are triggered by being pulled too tight will make your scalp sore. It actually comes from the skin and the perifollicular area of your scalp, meaning the region around each hair, pore, or follicle. So the nerve endings attached to each hair are actually affected. You’ll probably notice the pain right after you loosen your hair.
3. You could experience back pain.
Your scalp might be under a lot of stress, especially if you have thick hair. The pain appears, and it can spread all the way down to your neck and to your back. This happens because you activate the sensory nerves even more by forcing all that hair to stay up. And we often use a very small hairband to do this.
4. The skin on your face might stretch out.
Excessive ponytails are definitely not good for your skin because it loses its elasticity. Over time, you will look older. If you keep your hair up so tight every day, your skin might stay stretched out over a longer period of time.
5. Your hair might get tangled.
Wearing a tight ponytail over an extensive period of time can cause friction and tension in your hair. Be prepared to spend a lot of time detangling your hair from ties, headbands, and more if you do so.
6. Your hair will break more easily.
Your hair is quite fragile, so pulling it up all the time and holding it with an elastic will not make it stronger. The tension can cause the strands to break. It will be worse if you choose to sleep with your hair in a ponytail.
7. You might develop alopecia.
Traction alopecia is a specific kind of hair loss along the hairline, and it occurs when tension is applied to the hair. Check your scalp for small bumps. You may also feel tenderness or a crusting sensation. Fortunately, you can get your hair to grow back normally if you change the habit of wearing a ponytail for so long.