No one likes to have a bad hair day, which is why you take the time to style your lovely locks every day. With the appearance of your hair directly linked to your self-esteem, you don’t want to do anything that may damage it. Unfortunately, hairstyles and hair loss can go hand in hand if you aren’t careful. Although a sleek ponytail or cornrows may look great, they can cause hair loss. There isn’t any reason to fret. Here are 4 simple changes you can make to ensure your hair stays thick and beautiful.
Reduce Your Risk of Hair Loss
While hair loss can affect anyone, there are several hairstyles that can lead to thinning or baldness. You can help protect your hair by keeping a few tips in mind:
1. Avoid Styles That Pull Your Hair
It’s OK to occasionally wear your hair pulled back, but you’ll want to avoid tight styles every day. The continual pulling on your hair can harm your follicles to the point they may not grow back. To prevent permanent hair loss, it’s best to limit how often you wear:
- Buns, ponytails, and up-dos.
- Hair extensions or weaves.
- Tight braids.
- Wearing rollers to bed.
2. Loosen Up Your Hairstyle
If you wear your hair pulled back, it’s best to loosen the style a bit. Constant pulling on the hairline can cause it to recede. You can lessen the risk of damage by:
- Loosening braids around the hairline.
- Don’t wear braided styles for longer than 2 months.
- Use thicker braids and dreadlocks.
3. Alternative Your Hairstyles
If you tend to wear your hair pulled tightly, such as in cornrows, you need to give your scalp a rest. Hair loss professionals recommend alternating your styles. For example, if you wear tight braids often, use loose braids, or go natural for a couple of months.
4. Monitor for Signs of Hair Loss
People who have a habit of wearing their hair pulled tightly should monitor for signs of an issue, such as broken hairs around the forehead, patches of hair loss, or a receding hairline. If you notice any changes, it’s best to stop that style to allow your follicles time to recover.
Enjoy Thick, Beautiful Hair
There are also several steps you can take to encourage healthy hair, such as having a professional relaxing treatment. A hairstylist uses safe chemical relaxers to minimize destruction to your hair. If you’re already showing signs of permanent complications from the way you wear your hair, you may be a candidate for NeoGraft. The revolutionary treatment can restore your beautiful mane using an advanced harvesting method to enjoy better results.
About Dr. Irvin Wiesman
Dr. Irvin Wiesman is a board-certified plastic surgeon and Chicago’s hair loss specialist. He has completed extensive training in many specialties, like hand and microvascular surgery, as well as hair loss restoration. If you’re ready to turn back the clock, it’s time to contact our office to see if NeoGraft is right for you.