The Do’s and Don’ts for Healthy Hair Styling

Sep 19, 2017

There are a number of hair styles and techniques that simply do not promote healthy hair. Some of the ways both men and women style their hair are fine when done occasionally, but over time some styling methods will promote thinning hair or actual hair loss because the hair is physically manipulated, chemically treated, or consistently worn in a detrimental way. According to Health Ambition, up to 40% of men will notice their hair receding by the time they hit 35 years old. In addition, both female pattern hair loss and male pattern baldness are the most common forms of hair loss.

To promote healthy hair naturally, one can examine external hair treatments that contain gelatin, vitamins, and/or natural oils. Also, a diet that includes plenty of nutrient-rich foods like nuts and seeds, green leafy vegetables, salmon and sardines, berries, and whole grains is also important. But even these natural treatments and healthy lifestyle choices won’t help when the hair shaft or roots are damaged by physical or chemical mistreatment. Examine the following do’s and don’ts for healthy hair styling routines:

  • Don’t tease or backcomb your hair, especially with a brush which can cause split ends and excessive damage to the hair follicles.
  • Do occasionally achieve lift, body, or bounce, using a fine-toothed comb on dry, detangled hair to gently and progressively move the hair from end to root.
  • Don’t blow-dry, hot curl, or flat-iron your hair every day or use high heat if you are in a hurry.
  • Do start blow-drying at a cooler setting and gradually increase heat while keeping the dryer moving at all times. Make sure hair is well hydrated with a quality hair oil and take a break from all hair heat sources on a regular basis.
  • Don’t wring or rub wet hair vigorously with a towel after shampooing. Wet hair should be handled tenderly to prevent damage and frizzing.
  • Do use drying techniques that retain hair moisture, like the twisted towel wrap method or a cotton lint-free cloth (like a tee-shirt) to blot the hair dry.
  • Don’t bleach, color, perm, or chemically relax hair within six weeks of last color or perm application. Chemical damage can be the most disastrous causing hair fall out, severe thinning, or scalp irritations, and infections.
  • Do attempt to wait 8-10 weeks between any chemical styling to prevent long-term damage to the entire hair structure.
  • Don’t repeatedly wear hair styles that damage the sensitive hairline, like tight ponytails, buns, braids, cornrows, or tight French Twists. All of these styles cause tensile stress (excessive force along the hair length) resulting in hair weakness, follicle damage and breakage, and sometimes irreversible hair loss at the hairline.
  • Do use snag-free elastic hair bands that are easily removed, and switch up with alternate casual hair styles that are relaxed and natural to your hair type.
  • Don’t ever use bonded hair extensions or weaves, which use a bonding glue to attach the hair to the scalp. The adhesives suffocate the scalp, rip out natural hair, and will cause hair breakage at the roots.
  • Do use safe and natural techniques to grow or thicken hair, and for an occasional change from your routine look, use clip-in or flip-in hair extensions and seek a professional stylist for hair weaves that don’t use glue, taping, or heat.
  • Don’t part your hair at same position out of habit. Switching up your hair part prevents the weight of your hair from pulling out follicles of hair and leaving you with a permanent hair part and will also tame the hair to fall back into that same position.
  • Do establish a regular part makeover schedule, by incrementally shifting the part over, switching from side to middle, getting a haircut with bangs, or a cut that allows the hair to fall freely.

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