How Hair Styling Affects Hairloss

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Many of us go to great lengths to get great-looking hair. But did you know that how you style your hair could affect your hair’s health?

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Factors such as genetics, medical conditions, and poor nutrition are the most common causes of hairloss. However, hair experts also believe that how you style your hair, as well as the styling tools you use, can cause hairloss or significant damage to your hair.

Find out how these hair styling habits can cause hairloss:

1.    Frequent or improper use of styling products

Changing hair colors every now and then may be the current trend, but frequent bleaching or dying can cause serious damage to your hair. Hair experts also warn against the improper use of hair sprays, gels, and relaxers. Use these products less often for less damage.

2.    Excessive heat styling

Do you regularly use blow dryers, flat irons, or other heat styling tools? Subjecting your hair to high temperatures can leave your hair brittle and prone to breakage. Hair experts recommend that you let your hair air dry as often as possible. If you must use flat irons or curlers, be sure to use on dry hair on a low or medium heat setting.

3.    Tight hairstyles

You may want to go easy on that ponytail. Traction alopecia is a condition that occurs when tension is placed on the hair shaft, causing hair to become brittle, eventually leading to breakage. So when you tie your hair in tight hairstyles regularly, this can cause breakage and hairloss. Next time, try using looser hair ties to pull back your hair in a relaxed ponytail so there’s less tension on your hair shaft.

4.    Brushing too often

Have you been told that you can have shinier hair if you brush one hundred strokes each day? This is actually a popular hair myth that can cause split ends and breakage. If you’re after a lustrous shine, brush your hair gently using fewer strokes. This helps distribute the hair’s natural oils from the scalp to the shafts to make them reflect more light.

5.    Improper washing, drying or combing

Hair tends to be more elastic when wet, meaning it breaks off more easily than dry hair. Because of this, it is advised that you should handle wet hair as little as possible. Avoid rubbing wet hair with a towel and opt to gently pat it dry instead. Also, avoid brushing and combing hair when it’s wet.

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