Hair loss specialists and board-certified dermatologists Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis frequently discuss with patients how important the role of genetics, illness, and stress are in affecting a patient’s causes of hair loss and thinning. However, there is potential that something as simple as your morning routine could be a contributor of the distressing hair damage issues. It’s typical behavior to wake up every morning, wash, blow dry, and style your hair. However, each of these daily behaviors can contribute to hair breakage and loss when improperly practiced. Drs. Griffin and Curtis are dedicated to hair loss education by discussing hair loss prevention and hair restoration techniques to encourage you to be aware of the first steps you can take toward maintaining healthy hair.
The connection between self-image and hair is strong, with many people testing countless products and services in hopes of improving their appearance. Thus, hair loss can be an extremely upsetting process. Hair loss may occur by thinning slowly over time or hair may fall out in clumps suddenly. Every day styling behaviors such as blow drying with the hottest setting, heat application with flat irons or curlers, and aggressive combing with hard plastic tooth combs are considerable contributors to hair breakage, which can occur from habitually carrying out these behaviors. For the person with breakage issues shampooing daily may aggravate this problem. A person with normal hair can continue to shampoo daily without any fear of increasing hair loss. However, using a high quality, sulfate-free shampoo can allow natural oils in your hair to provide shine and protection, while daily washing with a low-quality shampoo may strip the hair of these essential oils. When it comes to hair loss, shampooing and styling patterns cannot always be to blame. Rather, it is important to first pay attention to more common hair loss causes, such as heredity or hormonal issues.
Rubbing wet hair with a towel, followed by brushing and rough combing through tangles is an additional daily routine that can further break and damage hair because of the hair’s increased elasticity when wet. Detangling with your fingers or with a wide toothed pick may be the gentle answer to tangles. Finishing the shampoo with conditioners help detangle hair as well. After combing, you may elect to use products on the hair to create volume or control. However, regular usage of gels, dyes, relaxers, and products containing heavy paraffin and beeswax can create frizz-causing breakage and weigh hair down. In combination with recurrent bleaching or permanent hair dyes, hair grows weak and breaks easier. Instead, use high-quality shampoo and conditioning products and limit the amount of hair coloring and heat application.
High heat from blow dryers, flat irons, or curling irons can boil the water in the hair shaft, leaving it brittle and fragile. Another habit that should be avoided is pulling the hair tightly with braids or ponytails in addition to the frequent usage of rubber bands, hairpins, and clips that tightly pull hair, both of which could potentially cause traction alopecia. Instead, look for products featuring additional padding and protection and avoid braiding all together.
Drs. Griffin and Curtis often remind patients to be mindful conscious of the hair damage produced by their daily routines. The combination of high quality products, healthy new habits, regular maintenance, and proper nutrition and exercise can help to restore hair to its desired texture and appearance. Additionally, the Griffin Center offers many preventative methods and options before hair loss begins to occur, including topical products, laser treatment, and prescription medication. For more information about healthy hair habits, hair loss prevention and restoration, please call our office today. Also connect with The Griffin Center on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for the latest hair loss research and news.