Hairstyling mistakes that cause hair loss or thinning

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Now that we’re beginning to leave the house regularly (yaaay), it’s time to get real about hairstyling. As much as we want our hair to look cute 24/7, we also want to do everything in our power to minimize hair damage, which also includes hair loss and thinning. 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. Here are some bad hairstyling habits and what to do instead.

Over Heat-Styling

It’s a well-known fact that heat styling is the enemy of healthy mane, especially if your hair is thinning. When you apply extreme heat to your locks, it’ll weaken the hair shaft, thereby increasing the likelihood of damage and strand loss. Another major no-no? You should never straighten or curl wet hair as the water literally fries your hair, and it can take numerous treatments to restore your hair to its normal elasticity.

Before you turn on your hairdryer, always apply a heat-protective spray. Think of it as sunscreen for your hair, protecting your hair from damage and enabling your hair to retain its natural oils.

Snatching Your Hair Too Tight

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. The latter happened to Huda during a photo shoot while wearing a super tight, heavy ponytail, which put excessive strain on the hair follicles and caused the hair to fall out.

Wearing a tight ponytail every once in a while won’t cause your hair to fall out. However, the repetitive stress or tension on the hair follicle will compromise its ability to produce and sustain healthy hair strands. So, when you tie up your hair, try to go for a loose style like a soft braid or a low bun daily, or something that doesn’t cause too much tension. Using a silk scrunchie is the easiest way to limit damage, or more recently, we’ve been addicted to claw clips.

Sleeping with Your Hair in a Ponytail

Sleeping with your hair in a ponytail or tied in an elastic band is another BIG no-no. Once again, it can lead to traction alopecia triggered by constant tugging and pulling when your hair is tied too tight. This constant strain causes your hair follicles to become inflamed, damaging them so that they’re unable to complete their growth cycle. As well as pulling your hair, friction between your hair tie and the pillow can also cause your hair particles to weaken and split ends to emerge mid-length, resulting in even more damage.

If you have straight or wavy hair, either leave your hair loose or wear a loose bun or braid. However, the best thing to do, especially if you have curly, coily or kinky hair, is to use a silk wrap or bonnet at night. This will not only keep your hairstyle frizz-free, but it’ll also prevent hair damage.

Sleeping with Your Hair in a Ponytail

Sleeping with your hair in a ponytail or tied in an elastic band is another BIG no-no. Once again, it can lead to traction alopecia triggered by constant tugging and pulling when your hair is tied too tight. This constant strain causes your hair follicles to become inflamed, damaging them so that they’re unable to complete their growth cycle. As well as pulling your hair, friction between your hair tie and the pillow can also cause your hair particles to weaken and split ends to emerge mid-length, resulting in even more damage.

If you have straight or wavy hair, either leave your hair loose or wear a loose bun or braid. However, the best thing to do, especially if you have curly, coily or kinky hair, is to use a silk wrap or bonnet at night. This will not only keep your hairstyle frizz-free, but it’ll also prevent hair damage.

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