Common Hairstyling Mistakes That Cause Hair Loss Or Thinning
Hello Beautiful People,
Everyone sheds hair naturally. In fact, you lose anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair each day. That’s totally normal. But what if you begin to lose more hair than normal?
Excessive hair loss and shedding can be caused by anything from medications and hormones to nutrient deficiencies and stress. That being said, if you notice frequent hair loss then your hair is either trying to tell you something about your health or your styling habits. Yes, you heard me… styling habits! In an attempt to make your hair look good, you might be making them much worse.
From brushing your hair too frequently to snatching your locks and causing stress at the follicle, there are so many common hairstyling habits that can contribute to hair loss. If you want to keep your luscious locks full and thick you’ll need to keep up with healthy hair habits. All it takes is making a few minor adjustments to some of your everyday habits. Here are some of the most common hairstyling habits and what to do instead.
- Using shampoos/conditioners way too often:
Using shampoos or conditioners on a daily basis can in fact by time cause hair thinning and hair loss. Shampoos and conditioners are laced with chemicals and can damage the structure of your hair follicles if overused.
- Using too much styling products:
Gels, mousse, pomades, hair sprays, leave-in conditioners are some of the products that may make your hair look fantastic, but in the long run, these strip your hair off its natural oils. Also, let’s not forget the fact that product buildup can also potentially damage the hair follicles and slow down hair growth. If you want to use these products, do so but just don’t overuse.
- Over brushing:
There is a common misconception that says brushing your hair 100 times every day helps distribute natural oils and makes your hair appear shiny. In fact, it can cause irreparable damage to your hair. Just brush your hair as normal.
- Over heat-styling:
It’s a well-known fact that heat styling is the enemy of healthy hair. Blow-drying, straight-ironing, perming and curling your hair requires the use of styling tools that generate extreme heat. When you apply extreme heat to your locks, it’ll weaken the hair shaft, thereby increasing the likelihood of damage and hair loss. With that said, you should never straighten or curl wet hair as the water literally fries your hair (I have seen many girls do that) just wait for your hair to dry before applying extreme heat.
- Using chemical treatments:
Chemically treating your hair with hair dyes, hair colors and other products is also one of the leading reasons of hair fall, hair thinning and hair loss. Try your best to avoid chemical treatment, if you wish to get your hair chemically treated just do it once a year instead of regularly.
- Tight hairstyles:
It goes without saying that tight hairstyles such as ponytails, braids, pigtails etc. pull the hair shafts vigorously and damage the follicles. The same holds true for using hair accessories such as elastic hair ties, barrettes and hair pins, which pull your hair at the shaft. As much as we love slaying a snatched ponytail or braids, do it regularly and you could fall victim to hair loss around the hairline and even at the crown of your head. If you want to tie your hair back especially wet hair, use a gentle scrunchie with a wide elastic band or even a clip, but avoid anything too tight.
- Overusing hair extensions:
If you have thinning hair, turning to hair extensions for added volume or length may seem like a no-brainer. However, extensions over time put a lot of strain on the hair which can lead to hair damage and even hair loss. When it comes to extensions, you need to do your research. Then, you need to find the right hair texture, weight, and color and have a professional do it.
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