Do's and Dont's
Tips to prevent hair damage
A new study has found that the way you style your hair, along
with the styling tools you use, can cause significant hair damage. This damage
can cause your hair to look brittle, frizzy and lackluster or even fall out.
The good news is that you can prevent damage by following tips from dermatologists.
"Hair myths, such as brushing your hair one hundred strokes each day,
can cause split ends," board-certified dermatologist Paradi Mirmirani,
MD, FAAD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California,
San Francisco, said.
"Having healthy hair is possible if you know how to care for your hair
before and after styling," the dermatologist said.
To prevent hair damage and hair loss, Dr. Mirmirani recommends people follow
these simple tips:
- 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
- Keep brushing to minimum. Brushing your hair 100 strokes each day can cause
- 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. (ANI)