7 “Hair-Killing” Habits Every Woman Over 40 Should Know About!

After decades of hair care experiments and trialing the right products and treatments for our locks, you’d think we’d be pretty clued up as to what works best for our tresses by the time we reach our 40s. Well, unfortunately, that’s just not the case!

Gone are the days when we can be care-free about our styling regimen, or comforted by the speedy growth of a bad haircut. As we age, so does our hair, and with that comes slower re-growth, weaker strands, and less durability. So, now’s the time to concentrate on restoring, repairing and kicking our hair-killing habits to the curb!

In order to fine-tune our hair-raising behaviors, we first need to understand how even the smallest acts can have a big impact on our locks.

We’ve put together the seven most common habits that are damaging your hair far more than you may realize, and some may surprise you! By becoming more conscious of these routine actions, you can start to eliminate and replace them with more hair-friendly alternatives!

1. Not Managing Your Stress

The Problem

Stress raises the hormone in our body called Cortisol, which has been known to lead to hair loss and follicle damage if over-produced. Stress-induced hair loss can occur temporarily, or have a more permanent effect, depending on whether the cause is hormonal (during pregnancy or menopause) or physical (when you literally scratch, pluck or pull your hair out from stress!) [1]

The Cure

Managing your stress levels and trying to relieve the cause of your worries is the best place to start. Gentle exercise, meditation, and yoga have all been proven stress-relievers, with the inhalation of essential oils aiding the relaxation process. Our Pure Calm Oil Roller is a convenient way to enjoy the blissful effect of natural oils to help you unwind, de-stress and feel more peaceful every day.

2. Using Styling Tools That Are Too Hot

The Problem

Many modern hair stylers, like hair dryers and curling irons, are extremely effective, but far too hot for our poor hair to handle. Perfect curls come at a cost, and this high-heat application (especially if you do it on a daily basis) can leave our lengths fried. Extreme heat not only breaks the hair shaft causing split ends, but it can even damage the scape, impairing future re-growth, too.

The Cure

If you are partial to a regular blow-out, or can’t leave the house without poker-straight locks, you may want to re-think your style and opt for a more heat-free alternative. Set your hairdryer to a cooler setting, and ALWAYS use a heat protection spray before applying any tools to your hair.

3. Not Protecting Your Hair From The Sun

The Problem

We all know by now that UV rays from the sun are THE most damaging and aging factor for our skin, but did you know, they also play havoc with our hair?! Sun exposure can dry out your hair and damage your scalp, as well as making the follicle more prone to breakage.

The Cure

If you are outside in the sunshine a lot, invest in a high-quality SPF hair mask to apply weekly or even just a hat! Simple, but effective – the sun is NOT your hair’s friend! You need to treat your hair with the same level of care and protection as your skin, or a dry, straw-like head of hair could be the consequence!

4. Not Visiting The Hairdressers Enough

The Problem

Often, those with thinning hair or hair loss become extremely protective of their strands, and avoid cutting them off at all costs! They think that by avoiding a trim, their hair will grow longer – but this just isn’t the case. When you neglect to cut your hair, damaged ends can creep up the shaft and lead to more hair needing to be cut off.

The Cure

It’s best to visit your hairdresser every 8 weeks, even just for a tidy up of any split ends. Your hair-care professional can also recommend treatments and products to try that can aid the repair of any damage you may have.

5. Tying Your Hair Too Tightly

The Problem

High ponytails, braids, cornrows, and buns all look amazing, but these tight hairstyles can all lead to extreme breakage and hair-thinning if worn too tightly, too often. The constant tension can damage the hair follicle, leading to a condition called Traction Alopecia [2]. Traction Alopecia can occur in anyone, young or old, as usually starts as thinning at the hairline.

6. Playing With Your Hair

The Problem

Subconsciously twiddling your hair around your fingers, or nervously pulling at your locks, is a common habit that doesn’t appear to cause much harm. But in reality, this meditative hair-playing can contribute to hair loss over time. When your hair is put under constant tension, it naturally pulls out to relieve some of the pressure. This is known as Trichotillomania and can be hard to re-grow from, as the follicle is damaged.

The Cure

Invest in something to distract your hands that isn’t your hair! Fidget cubes, spinners or worry beads are great for keeping your fingers busy, or even attach a piece of silky ribbon to a keychain and twirl that instead! Tell your family, friends, and colleagues to keep an eye out, and to get you to stop twiddling when they see you do it. Often, we play with our hair without even realizing it, so becoming more conscious of the habit will help you break it.

7. Over-Washing

The Problem

Although shampooing your hair is a necessity for optimal hair and scalp health, there is such thing as washing your hair too much. Over-washing can lead to breakage, especially if the shampoo is packed with harmful, toxic chemicals, sulfates and parabens. These ingredients strip your hair of its natural oils and leave you with dry, easily-damaged locks.

The Cure

If you have dry, brittle hair, use moisturizing products like natural oils (coconut and castor oil works a treat!) to treat and restore any hydration that over-shampooing has stripped. Finding a natural, nourishing shampoo that won’t leave your hair gasping for hydration is key. At Organica, we’re committed to finding the best alternatives for you, and our NEW Seaweed Shampoo is no exception. Made with an expert blend of Sea Kelp, Biotin, Green Tea Extract, and Castor Oil, this gorgeous shampoo strengthens, hydrates and restores damaged hair back to its former glory.

Final Thoughts

Our hair is a beautiful and important part of our appearance, and it needs to be treated right in order to look and feel its best. There are many habits we pick up in our lives, consciously or not, that can hinder the health of our tresses – but remembering which ones to avoid can lead to thicker, longer, healthier-looking locks!


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