Hair loss is something we all worry about. Well, it is normal to lose about 20-50 strands every day. However, if you see clumps falling out, strands of hair sticking on your clothes after combing, styling or shampooing and your hairline receding; it is surely a reason to raise an alarm.
There are many causes of hair loss in both men and women- the most common causes are heredity, physical or emotional stress, and medical conditions. However, certain hairstyles also cause hair loss. Let us take a look at the hairstyles that are not good for our hair.
Ponytail or pigtail is a very common hairstyle, but very few realise that it is also one of the causes of hair loss. If you wear a tight pigtail on a regular basis, you are going to shock your scalp by restricting blood circulation to your hair follicles. The damage to the follicles due to constant pulling over a long period causes a condition called traction alopecia. The most common indicator of hair loss caused by this hairstyle is a receding hairline on the temples and forehead. Other symptoms are inclusive of headache, itchy scalp, and hair breakage around the scalp. To minimise the damage, you can wear your pony with the base near the nape of your neck.
Cornrows, with its root in Africa, is an extremely fashionable and exceptionally popular look among people across all age groups. Some of the well-known faces to have sported cornrows include Sean Paul, Ludacris, Alicia Keys, and Will Smith's daughter Willow. However, this type of hairstyle where hair is braided quite close to the scalp can certainly create tension in the scalp and scar it. It will cause hair loss and hair breakage, especially if you choose to keep it for long. In addition, if you do not clean your hair properly, there are chances that you may encourage fungal and bacterial infections which may promote the formation of bald spots.
Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Marley, Lenny Kravitz are adored not just for their talents, but also for the dreadlocks they sport. But, as chic as this hairstyle may look, it comes with a set of disadvantages. Dreadlocks damage the hair follicles and over a period of time, the hair become twisted and matted and tangle to form dreads. This causes hair loss, dandruff, and other scalp conditions. As a word of caution, no matter how strong the pull may be, you should think a million times before you choose to join the fashionable dreadlock brigade.
Although artificial hair integration technique may boost your self-confidence and cushion your dipping self-esteem temporarily, it certainly has a drawback. Hair weaving can cause traction alopecia and bald spots associated with glue extensions. Usually, when artificial hair is integrated, it is done either by weaving, glueing or clipping (strand by strand) and this is known to damage your scalp and scar it beyond imagination. Also, hair extensions do not absorb water easily and hence, can get tangled.
5. Smooth chignon
This is a perfect hairstyle to protect the ends (such as frayed, dried and/or split ends) of your hair, but this does harm your tresses too. This is a hairstyle that is done by taking two small portions of hair from both the sides, twist them gently and tie them together with a soft scrunchy. After this, you can tuck the rest of your hair by bringing them a bit upwards. No doubt this hairstyle looks good on every face cut, but it comes with a few drawbacks wherein you have to apply lots of hairsprays.
6. Twisted headband hairstyle
Chic, modish, trendy and funky, twisted headband hairstyle may appeal you a lot and may also look good on you, but damages your hair a lot. With a lot of twists that this style comes with, it makes your hair rough and entangles them a lot. So much that you will have a tough time undoing it after the function or event you attended.
7. Half-crown braid
This hairstyle may be a perfect pick for a lazy day. But no, hold on! If you love your locks like nothing else, this one is not for you! It looks sophisticated, subtle and is easy to make, but it is a hell of a task when you need to repair the damages it will do. This is a hairstyle that is done by taking two sections from either side of the hair. Whether you make a fish tale or a normal one, you would be crisscrossing them and would set the braids with hairpins. Easy to do but difficult to manage that tangled hair afterwards.
8. Twisted low braid or bun
The twisted low braid or low bun is one of the easiest and the most go-to hairstyles one can ever choose. Whether you wear a soft elastic headband or a ribbon, this hairstyle looks good on all. All you need to do is fold the ends of your hair upwards and gather them behind the accessory you used. After that, fluff your hair a little bit and you are done with the hairdo. Having said so, you know how much time and hard work would it take to repent this damage you did by choosing this hairstyle? Dare to try it once and you’ll get to know what we are trying to say.
Do you know hair experts suggest to keep changing hairstyles on a regular basis after every few months? To make things easier for you, we have listed a few hairstyles that you can do at your own risk for damaging your precious tresses. Nonetheless, don’t forget to share your reviews in the comments section below!