5 Hairstyles that Negatively Affect Your Hairloss and Alopecia
Did you know that haircare is part of the treatment for alopecia? Unbeknownst to many, hair care, or the way we care for our hair on a daily basis compounds over time, just like the food (good or bad) that we eat. It can create health or the opposite.
In terms of hairstyles.. there are some that I want to address to ensure you are not making the same mistakes others are making in creating more havoc on their hair.
Hairstyles that you should avoid in you and your children to ensure that your current hair isn't compromised or that your future hair isn't battling hairloss due to these hairstyles include:
Cornrows or braids- Tight braids, tight cornrows look great, I must admit, they have a polished look to them, however the constant pulling will also leave your hair thinner in some if not all spots all around your head and over time. The constant pulling harms your hair and the scalp. Opt for soft braids instead. Or no braids at all.
Using extensions- If there was anything I would encourage you to avoid it would be extensions. This is also a constant pulling and weighing down on your thinning hair. I also like to classify this in the "gimmick" category. Because although you might like the way you look on the outside once done, the upkeep, costs and pain to see your hair getting thinner and thinner makes it not worth the struggle at all. I have had many friends who I told them to stop with the extensions and although they didn't have hairloss, just thinning hair due to poor diet and lifestyle --- they were actually able to reverse it with strategies and techniques for their diet and lifestyle. Sure, after so many years with extensions, you feel pale in comparison to what's underneath, but there is nothing like having your own hair with your own effort. It will come back once you support it! Anyone can see the status of your health through your hair and skin... many times we just need more effort in these areas through a holistic method and strategy. Even if hairloss is not a concern for you, diet and lifestyle can increase your mane, its health and its growth!
Tight ponytails- I remember these as a kid... it was constant, with bows! They were on so long, for hours at a time, that the crown or spot where the pony tail was hurt as if it were bruised by the end of the day. Tight pony tails and buns, just like cornrows and braids, lead to traction alopecia. Traction alopecia is where the hairline recedes or the areas in the front of your face start to dwindle and lose the hair. This is most noticeable on the sides and entry ways of your hairline but can also be on the bottom and top portion of your head. Be nice to your hair and leave the tight hairstyles alone. For those of you with traction Alopecia, yes you can reverse this and in time hair can grow back with some TLC. (tender loving care)
Toppers or clip ons- Toppers and clip ons much like extensions pull on your hair. Again, another gimmick covering up the real situation, you might even experience more hairloss and more thinning due to these products. Toppers and clips on need to grab onto the hair and many times at the root, thus pulling and weakening the hair. Stop the madness, focus on hairgrowth and health and don't think that these options help because in reality they hinder the growth and strength of your own hair over the long term.
The Up Do Knot - This trend I've seen in both males and females. The up do knot seems harmless enough, but it is still pulling the hair and gravity takes hold and pulls more. The alternative to these hairstyles ? ~Is to let your hair down, be free, without anything pulling or tightening or hurting the hair, the follicle, the shaft or the scalp. Other options include claw clips - these don't pull and are easy to take out and keep in.
Consistent damage will show sooner than later and many times once the damage is done its harder to reverse.
Other things that can negatively impact your hairgrowth and the integrity of your hair?
Coloring your hair- commercial dyes
Henna isn't bad for hair, but could be bad for your health as much of it has lead
Keratin Treatments (formaldehyde)
The chemicals alone are nasty and can cause respiratory issues and allergic reactions in the scalp, eyes and hair. Other risks include hairloss at the site.
I had a client call in for a consultation and she told me her alopecia started 10 years ago. That back then, she was using many kinds of treatments and relaxers to have her hair done in the salon. This is a problem too because these chemicals, regardless of how long ago you have used them or stopped using them, are more than likely still in your body creating negative side effects not just to your hair but overall health. In order to reverse the damage- diet and lifestyle needs to change. This client has receding hairline and entry ways into the hair that are much bigger than normal. She's "tried" many things and nothing has helped. In order to reverse her traction Alopecia diet and lifestyle need to be implemented. Yes change can happen with consistent effort.
Note: Just because the "treatment" is in the salon does not mean its safe. Did you know that there are over 90,000 chemicals in our environment and food supply that the FDA doesn't regulate. Massive amounts of toxic chemicals go on to be used in our beauty products, food supply and beyond without regulation. The EU does a little better in this, not allowing about 2000 chemicals / ingredients to be used, whereas the USA only bans 11 of the 90,000 chemicals/ ingredients. Its better to be a cautious consumer when it comes to hot trends and treatments as more than likely it will cause adverse effects in the long run. Examples include Monat, Deva Curl, Kertain treatments and the latest, Tressemme.