Do you wear a tight ponytail? Do you tug at your tangles? Maybe it is not mom or dad who is to blame for your hair loss. Our daily habits affect our body’s reactions, including our hair and skin. Certain styling techniques and products, as well as treatment habits, could be causing the hair thinning that you are experiencing. Tension and friction are the two main antagonists that you can fight on a daily basis by changing your hair styling techniques.
Washing. Most people have a tendency both to over-wash their hair and to use harsh chemicals on it. Your scalp, follicles and strands will not react well to daily washing. The only results you are going to get are dryness and breakage. Two to three times per week is more than enough.
Conditioning. Go light on the conditioner. A small amount can go a long way with most common conditioners. Also, avoid apply conditioner right on the scalp. Conditioner is difficult to rinse out completely. It will build up, cause scalp irritation, and make your hair flat. If your hair is already thinning, this flatness will not give you a good look.
Drying. Air dry or lightly wrap a towel around it. If you use a hair dryer, make sure to have a diffuser on it and/or switch to low heat. Drying too quickly makes hair dry and brittle.
Brushing. Only brush your hair while it is dry and keep the brushing to a minimum. Most hair brushes pull – this tension and friction will ultimately yield more hairs on the floor and fewer on your head. If you have hair that tangles, use a de-tangling spray. If you are having a significant amount of tangling, this is a sure signal of over-dry hair. It may be time for a haircut or a deep conditioning treatment.
Tools. Do you like to curl up and dry? Because that is what you are doing when you expose your hair to most styling tools. If you are addicted to your curler or straightening, make sure you are applying a heat protectant spray to your hair prior to torching it.
Products. Your hair was not meant to be held in place for long periods of time. If you are using sprays, pomades, mousses or gels with “long-lasting hold”, it is time to get rid of them or severely reduce your use. Lower-dose sprays will take care of flyaways with a light application. Not only do these products weigh your hair down, but when you try to comb or brush your hair after application to get it into a style, you are often inflicting some kind of breakage.
Up-dos and don’ts. For those with active lifestyles or hair that they simply cannot control, up-dos in the forms of braids, cornrows, ponytails, extensions, and hats are tempting. But wearing these styles continuously for several days and weeks can be damaging. First, you are pulling your hair tight to keep them in these style. Tension. Then, you are likely sleeping in these styles on linens that rub on the hairs and extract their moisture. Friction. Finally, keeping them pulls on your scalp continuously, which can trigger permanent hair loss. Be sure to switch it up. Variety, after all, is the spice of life.