No matter what type of hair you have or how you style it, you’ve probably established some habits that don’t change too much from week to week. But while styling and caring for your hair may be second nature, some of your habits and techniques could be severely damaging your strands.
“Hair myths, such as brushing your hair one hundred strokes each day, can cause split ends,” says Dr. Paradi Mirmirani, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco. “Having healthy hair is possible if you know how to care for your hair before and after styling.” To prevent hair damage and hair loss, try following these tips from Dr. Mirmirani.
- Dry your hair by wrapping it in a towel after a shower or bath. Another alternative is letting your hair air-dry.
- Most people should handle wet hair as little as possible as wet hair breaks more easily when combed or brushed. However, people with tightly curled or textured hair should brush their hair when wet to decrease the chances of hair breakage.
- Keep brushing to minimum. Brushing your hair 100 strokes each day can cause split ends.
- Reduce the use of “long-lasting hold” styling products. Using a comb to style your hair after you apply the product can cause the hair to break and can lead to hair loss over time.
- Allow your hair to partially air dry before you style or comb. Decreasing the number of times per week that you blow dry also helps limit damage.
- Flat irons should be used on dry hair on a low or medium heat setting, no more often than every other day. If you use a curling iron, only leave it in place for a second or two. No matter your hair type, excessive heat can damage your hair.
- Do not continuously wear braids, cornrows, ponytails and hair extensions. These styles pull on the hair and can cause tension that leads to breakage. If the tension continues, permanent hair loss can develop.
“If you’re experiencing hair loss or breakage, there might be more to blame than your styling patterns,” says Dr. Mirmirani. “If you have questions or concerns about caring for your hair, you should make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist.”
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