There is no doubt that you want to keep your luscious locks for as long as possible. Many people are unknowingly engaging in behaviors that can lead to hair loss and thinning in women and men. Let's take a look at 7 bad habits that lead to hair loss and how to avoid them!
Aggressively Brushing Wet Hair
Hair is most vulnerable when it is wet. Unfortunately, this is also when hair is the most difficult to deal with it because it becomes easily tangled. It may be tempting to aggressively towel dry, or rip through your wet hair with a brush. Avoid these behaviors as they can cause the hair to break off and damage the remaining part of the hair strand. These actions can also pull too hard on the hair follicle which can permanently damage the follicle to the point where it can no longer grow healthy strands of hair.
Excessive Scalp Scratching
Scalp conditions and infections such as dandruff can make your scalp itch and the of course the natural reaction is to scratch it. However, excessive scratching can not only break the hair, but cause damage to the follicle. This can either prevent new strands from growing or cause the strands that are able to grow to be brittle and easily prone to breaking. Seek treatment for scalp conditions as soon as possible to eliminate discomfort and restore the health of your scalp.
Nutrient Deficient Diet
Just like every other system in the body, your hair needs certain nutrients in order to grow properly. A diet in which an essential nutrient is either eliminated from the diet or restricted can cause hair loss and prevent new hair from growing. Make sure that you are eating a well-balanced diet so that your hair follicles are receiving adequate nutrients for hair growth.
Tight hairstyles such as ponytails, buns, braids, and cornrows can lead to Traction Alopecia. This is a condition in which prolonged stress on the hair and hair follicles causes hair loss and potentially damage to the hair shaft.
Wearing Dirty Headwear
While it is true that headwear such as hats and headbands can cause hair loss if excessive rubbing occurs, it is not common. The issue is scalp infections that can occur from wearing dirty headwear. Washing headwear on a regular basis is sufficient to preventing scalp infections.
Using High Levels of Heat
Excessive use of high levels of heat for prolonged periods of time can cause brittle hair that is prone to breakage. If you must use heat, make sure to set the device on the lowest setting possible that will still achieve your desired look. It is also advisable to give your hair a break from heat when possible and use other styling methods.
It is important to understand that taking color out of your hair and adding color in has two different effects on your hair. Adding color can actually make your hair stronger because it adds fiber to the strands. On the other hand, taking color out removes fiber, damages the cuticle and can make your hair thinner and more apt to break. Try to minimize the frequency you bleach your hair and even ask your hairstylist if it is possible to add color to achieve the same look instead.
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