Everyday things that we do to our hair can lead to lackluster locks —
and even hair loss. To help you find out if you may be damaging your
hair unintentionally, ask yourself the following questions. If you
answer “yes” to any question, be sure to read the text that follows. It
explains why hair loss can result and what changes dermatologists
recommend to head off hair loss.
· Do you vigorously towel dry your hair?
Vigorously drying wet hair with a towel can cause hair loss because wet
hair is more elastic and more vulnerable to breakage than dry hair.
Instead of rubbing hair dry, absorb the water by wrapping your hair in a
towel — or just let your hair air dry.
· Do you brush or comb your hair when it is wet? If have straight hair
and are of Caucasian or Asian descent, try to comb and brush your hair
only when it is dry. Brushing or combing your hair when it is wet can
stretch the strands causing them to break.
People who have tightly curled or textured hair or are of African
descent should comb or brush their hair when it is wet. Doing so
decreases the chance of hair breakage.
· Do you use a blow dryer or curling iron?
The high heat from a blow dryer can actually boil the water in the hair
shaft leaving the hair brittle. Dermatologists recommend letting your
hair partially air dry before you style or comb. This gives your hair
excellent body, and there is less chance of hair damage. Decreasing the
number of times per week that you blow dry is another way to help limit
If you use a curling iron to add body to your hair, be sure you do not
leave the curling iron in place for more than a second or two. No matter
what your hair type, the excessive heat can damage your hair.
· Do you use styling products that promise a long-lasting hold? While
these products may give your hair unbeatable hold, using a comb to style
your hair after your apply the product often causes the hair to break.
Over time, this can lead to significant hair loss. Reducing the use of
these products can minimize hair loss.
· Do you try to fit 100 brush strokes per day into your hair-care
routine? It is a myth that100 strokes a day promotes healthy hair.
Vigorous brushing can strip the ends of the hair, causing split ends.
Dermatologists recommend that brushing be kept to a minimum to limit
· Do you color, perm, or relax your hair?
Dermatologists recommend that coloring, bleaching, permanents, and hair
relaxers be used on a limited basis. All damage the hair and can cause
dry, brittle strands.
· Do you wear braids, a ponytail, or hair extensions? Tight braids,
ponytails, and hair extensions can damage hair — and when worn for too
long cause hair loss. All of these styles pull on your hair and when
worn continuously usually cause tension that leads to breakage. If the
tension continues, traction alopecia (hair loss caused by pulling on the
scalp) can develop.
· Do you let the sun color your hair?
Excessiveexposure to the sun can cause hair to become weak, dry, rough,
faded, and brittle. You are especially susceptible to this if you use
chemicals to bleach or lighten the natural color of your hair and then
expose your hair to the sun. The chemicals often cause unsightly
yellowing, fading, and a dull appearance. Even natural brunette hair can
react to the sun and develop a reddish hue.
To protect your hair from discoloration dermatologists recommend
using a leave-in conditioner that contains zinc oxide and wearing a
wide-brimmed hat. A hat provides the added benefit of protecting your
face and scalp from the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays that cause skin
· Do you skip the conditioner? Dermatologists recommend using a
conditioner after every shampoo.While a conditioner cannot repair hair,
it can increase shine, decrease static electricity, improve strength,
and offer some protection from harmful UV rays. This, in turn, can
significantly improve the look of damaged or weathered hair.
· Do you condition your hair after getting out of a swimming pool?
Wetting and conditioning your hair before you dive in helps protect your
hair from the damaging effects of the chlorine. After swimming, be sure
to use a specially formulated “swimmers” shampoo and deep condition to
replace lost moisture.
The next time you are washing, styling, or treating your hair, think
about how it will affect the overall health of your hair. Even slight
changes can make a huge difference.
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