Many of us become increasingly aware of the state of our hairline as we get older. After all, nearly half of all men experience some level of hair loss by the time they reach their mid-30s, and the vast majority of women even experience some level of hair loss by the time they reach their 60s. While many causes of hair loss are unavoidable, that’s all the more reason we want to avoid situations where we inflict hair loss on ourselves.
We’ve talked about how stress and diet can affect our overall hair health, but how we style our hair can cause damage to our scalp as well. One easy thing we can do to prevent traction alopecia is to avoid hairstyles that pull tightly on your hair such as buns, braids, or ponytails.
What are other things we should consider when styling our hair to prevent damaging our hair?
Do Hair Styling Products Cause Hair Loss?
Though the intention of hair styling products is not to damage your hair, it’s important to keep in mind that everyone’s hair is different. You’ll notice that there are many products that state whether they’re for different hair types as well as if they are gentler on hair. Harsher products may have alcohol in them, so you might want to stick to alcohol-free hair products.
Another ingredient you may want to avoid in your hair products is polyethylene glycol. This ingredient can dry out your hair, making it brittle, and more susceptible to damage.
Does Heat Styling Make Hair Fall Out?
Unfortunately, heat styling can lead to some level of hair loss. That’s not to say you can never use styling tools like hairdryers or hair straighteners, but the heat does dry out your hair.
When heating tools like those listed above are used daily – and on strong settings – it can lead to damage to the hair shaft itself causing temporary hair loss. If not treated and adjusted properly, this could lead to permanent damage.
How Can I Protect My Hair from Heat Styling?
There are a few things you can do to protect your hair from potential damage due to heat styling.
- Use Lower Temperature Settings: One simple thing you can do is to make sure you keep your hairdryer on lower temperature settings. Keeping it below 200 degrees Fahrenheit will help reduce the damage that can be done.
- Don’t Overheat Specific Areas: It’s also important to not keep heat on the same area for a prolonged period of time; keep your hairdryer or your straightener moving. You absolutely want to avoid going over the same section of hair multiple times as that can cause damage.
- Consider Using Hair Masks: Another option to consider is hair masks and other similar products which can restore vital nutrients to your hair after heat styling has dried out your hair.
- Use Heat Protectants: Celebrity hairstylists apply a heat protectant to their clients’ hair before using a blow dryer, curling iron, hot curlers, flat iron, and the like. Typically applied as a spray, heat protectants help to seal in moisture. They also help to smooth and seal the hair cuticle – which also helps prevent damage.
RHRLI Can Help Restore Your Hair and Your Confidence
Even if we do our best to take care of our hair, hair loss is an unavoidable reality for many of us. Thankfully, RHRLI has the experience and proven track record to help restore your hair through the use of nonsurgical therapy as well as with the ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant System. The robotic FUE hair transplant procedure is minimally invasive and will get you back to your day-to-day life quickly. Start your journey toward restoring your hair and your confidence by contacting us today for a free consultation.