Common hair-damaging blunders that trigger hair loss  

Overwashing: Washing your hair too frequently can strip it of its natural oils, leading to dryness and brittleness. Most people don't need to wash their hair every day; every other day or a few times a week might be enough depending on your hair type and activity level. 

Using Hot Water: Hot water can weaken your hair strands leading to hair fall. It's better to wash your hair with lukewarm or cool water, which is less damaging and can help seal the hair cuticles, enhancing shine. 

Harsh Chemical Treatments: Frequent coloring, bleaching, and chemical straightening or perming can cause significant damage to your hair, making it weak and prone to breakage. Try to limit these treatments and consider gentler, more natural alternatives. 

Heat Styling Tools: Regular use of blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons can lead to dry, brittle hair. To minimize damage, use a heat protectant spray and try to keep the heat setting low. Better yet, embrace your natural hair texture and minimize the use of these tools.

Tight Hairstyles: Hairstyles that pull tightly on the roots, like tight ponytails, buns, or braids, can cause tension that leads to hair breakage and loss, a condition known as traction alopecia. Opt for looser styles to reduce stress on your hair follicles. 

Improper Wet Hair Handling: Hair is more vulnerable when wet, so brushing or combing aggressively after washing can cause excessive breakage. Use a wide-tooth comb to gently detangle your hair, starting from the ends and working your way up to the roots. 

Skipping Conditioner: Neglecting to use a conditioner can leave hair dehydrated, which makes it more prone to tangling and breaking. Conditioner helps to replenish moisture and protect hair from environmental stressors. 

Poor Diet: A diet lacking in essential nutrients can lead to hair thinning and loss. Ensure you're getting enough protein, iron, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins, especially B vitamins and vitamin D. 

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