4 Factors that Put Your Hair at Risk for Damage

4 Factors that Put Your Hair at Risk for Damage

Though there are a myriad of factors that contribute to hair damage in all hair types, they all basically fall into four main categories: mechanical, chemical, thermal, and environmental.


This refers to the improper handling of the hair. It includes improper detangling techniques, applied tension (e.g., tight braids, weaves, and tight ponytails), and over-manipulation. It is also identified as physical factors that lead to hair damage compromises on the health and strength of hair. Though the mechanical styles and manipulations tend to be quick and easy to do, they can cause a strain on the hair which, in turn, can lead to a receding hairline, thinning hair or hair loss anywhere on the head where hair tension happens most frequently.


Let’s get it out the way that the chemical factors of hair damage are not only linked with chemical relaxers. It happens as well with treatments such as bleaching, highlighting, and coloring. Some of the everyday branded items with ‘natural’ ingredients also have chemical agents that can lead to tangles and frizz when used improperly and excessively. The point is chemical treatments change the chemical and physical structure of the hair. If not properly maintained with replacing lost moisture and protecting all parts of the hair, including the scalp, your hair may be left dry, dull, brittle, and prone to breakage and hair loss.


The word ‘thermal’ refers to the heat that is applied to hair, and as we should know by now, excessive use of heat styling can lead to dry, brittle hair. Heat appliances such as blow dryers and flat irons remove moisture from the hair resulting in brittle dry hair that is vulnerable and prone to breakage. Exposure to high heat changes the shape of your hair’s keratin strands. Temperatures over 300° F can lead to hair that loses its elasticity, becomes porous, frizzy, and rough with little to no sheen.


Environmental conditions impact the health of your hair. If they are not properly monitored while maintaining hair care according to the environment, damage may occur. Environmental factors such as sun, wind, pollution, temperature variations and humidity can lead to damaged hair. Dry winter air, for example, can contribute to moisture loss which leaves the hair dry. High winds, for example, can cause curly hair to tangle which leads to sessions of detangling which, if not done properly, can lead to hair loss.

The environment poses a risk to hair damage, but it cannot be manipulated like thermal, chemical, or mechanical factors. It is up to you to adjust accordingly. The Kanuni Brown high performance botanical haircare line is specially formulated with nourishing and protective ingredients. With consistent use, our haircare products will contribute to the health, growth, and beauty of your hair. Check out our exciting product line and re-discover the beauty of your hair!


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