We do a lot of things to take care of our hair and make sure it looks healthy and beautiful; we wash, we shampoo, we visit the salon, and we utilize different hairstyles to make sure we look our best. The main purpose behind hairstyles is to take care of our hair and make sure we look our best. But what if we told you there are hairstyles (some popular and easy to do) that have the potential to cause damage to your hair?
You might be aware of more obvious culprits like constantly colouring your hair, using hot tools too often and without protection, and overzealous brushing, but have you ever thought about how the hairstyles you choose to rock affect the overall health and strength of your hair? This means to keep your hair strands strong and healthy you have to pay close attention to how you style your hair on a day-to-day basis. Keep reading and we’ll break down some hairstyles that are secretly causing damage to your hair.
The high ponytail is a very popular hairstyle. While it’s practical and synonymous with comfort and simplicity, it can be very problematic for your hair. This is more so if you constantly put your hair in a ponytail at the same spot. The reason for the potential for damage is the pull and tension this hairstyle causes on your hair. Most people use rubbery elastic bands as ponytail holders, which can cause a lot of friction and with repeated use cause frizz and hair breakage.
An effective way to avoid the potential damage that can be caused by ponytails is to reduce how frequently you put your hair in a ponytail and change where you place your pony daily. Also, use fabric-coated hair ties as ponytail holders to avoid frizz and damage.
We understand that having long hair can be very sexy and beautiful, but it’s also important to note that adding artificial length and volume to your hair using extensions can cause damage to your hair. How? Well, hair extensions create tension on numerous points on your scalp. The weight of the extensions pulls your hair and increases the risk of breakage. In extreme cases, long extensions can cause traction alopecia, a situation where you have small points of balding along the scalp. If you have to wear extensions, make sure they are properly maintained and opt for semi-permanent hair extensions that can be easily applied in the comfort of your home.
Braids have been around for centuries and they look absolutely gorgeous. One thing to pay attention to with your hair and how much tension and pull is happening with your hair follicles. You shouldn’t stop wearing braids, just ease up on them a little bit and make sure they are not too tight. This is because regular tensile stress is not good for your hair in the long run as it can lead to serious hair loss conditions like traction alopecia. You can still wear braids (they are beautiful) but do it with moderation and keep these tips in mind; don’t braid too tight at the scalp, take breaks between wearing braids, and moisturize your scalp with essential oils before, during, and after wearing braids.
This isn’t really a hairstyle, it’s about what you do with your wet hair. Your hair is most delicate and prone to breakage when it is wet, so it’s important to be very careful how you handle your hair after washing it or when you’re fresh out of the shower. Make sure your hair is dry or at least dry to some extent before styling it in any way. Try as much as possible not to twist, pull, or stretch your wet hair to avoid breakage. Have you ever tied your hair when it’s wet and then noticed the amount of hair that falls off when you remove the tie later? This proves that tying or styling your hair when it is wet can be very damaging to your hair.
There is nothing wrong with wearing your hair super straight and long, the problem lies in how this look is achieved. Most of the time heat tools like a flat iron or curling iron are used to make hair straight, and we know for a fact that heat can cause damage to your hair. To keep your strands healthy and strong, avoid styles that require heat tools altogether (you can leave your hair be and let it be free and wavy). But if you can’t, make sure to use a heat-protectant spray or diffuser to lessen the damage.
This hairstyle is mostly utilized to sleep or to preserve a blowout overnight, but it can have negative effects on your hair. Avoid putting your hair up in a bun when sleeping at night. This is to avoid tugging at your hairline which can cause hair loss. Wear your hair out with no tension when sleeping to avoid tangles, friction, and tugging at your hairline. If you have to wear your hair up when you sleep, make sure to make it as loose as possible and use a satin or silk pillow to reduce friction.
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