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Let’s talk Hair Breakage!

If you’re like me, then you are obsessed with haircare and keeping your hair in healthy condition.

I have been working on strengthening my hair and bringing it back from the dead and damaged side for years now. You can check out my haircare routine HERE.

For the longest time I would bleach and damage my hair and it started to really show in my late twenties when it started looking fried and felt like straw. I was so self-conscious about it, so I knew I needed a change in my hair routine.

For the last 5 years, I have been focusing on healthy hair growth and changing up my routine and hairstyles to help promote long healthy hair.

Since changing the way I style my hair in certain situations, I have noticed a huge reduction in spilt ends.

Believe it or not, the way to style your hair for certain activities is VERY important!

By styling your hair the “right way” for a certain activity, you can significantly decrease the amount of damage and breakage you cause to your hair.

So let’s get into all the helpful tips on how you should be styling your hair for activities.

I’ll break this down by activity and the best and worst hairstyle for that activity!

WORKOUT HAIRSTYLE

BEST HAIRSTYLE: The absolute best way to style your hair for a workout is french braided or in a low braid. This style will lay flat on your head and not cause any pulling on the hair when working out. This style will allow for your hair to stay out of your face but pulled back and secure for the entire workout.

WORST HAIRSTYLE: The ponytail. This style is so bad for damage and breakage to your hair. Not to mention as soon as you start jumping or running the ponytail becomes loose and starts pulling on your locks and BOOM breakage! This is a no-go! Save those locks and ditch the ponytail.

SLEEP HAIRSTYLE

BEST HAIRSTYLE: Top bun! If you are back, side or stomach sleeper this is your hairstyle. No matter which way you sleep your mane will be out of your way allowing you to doze like Sleeping Beauty. The top bun is perfect for sleeping because it allows all the hair (especially those fragile ends) to be pilled up on your head and clear of breakage. With a top bun your ends won’t constantly be rubbing up against your pillow causing breakage.

WORST HAIRSTYLE: down! NO, NO, NO, don’t do it ladies. I have to admit, I’m a repeat offender of this, but OMG the breakage and static the next morning are not worth it! Save yourself the trouble and lock up those locks in a top bun!

ERRANDS HAIRSTYLE

BEST HAIRSTYLE: Pulled back in a banana clip. If you are like me and love to run errands and get your chores done then this is the style for you. I love banana clips because they let you have your hair pulled back and out of your face, but it still looks so stylish. You can find banana clips like these below.

WORST HAIRSTYLE: Down. Now this is all preference but from my experience, on days when I’m running around in and out of stores my hair better be up! Here’s why, when I’m in and out of stores and throwing bags over my shoulder constantly and my hair is down, then that hair is definitely getting caught under the handles of those bags and when I go to pull my hair out from under them, BOOM more breakage. It seriously happens every time to me.

DATE NIGHT HAIRSTYLE

BEST HAIRSTYLE: For me this is a no brainer. DOWN! I love wearing my hair down on date nights. I think its so romantic and it’s the perfect time since you wouldn’t be doing any activities that can really damage you hair. Well maybe some of you will be (wink wink), but you get what I mean.

WORST HAIRSTYLE: There really is no worst hairstyle for this one. I honestly think this is the perfect time to wear your hair however you like.

BEACH HAIRSTYLE

BEST HAIRSTYLE: Pigtails. When I go to the beach, braided pigtails are my go to style. They look super cute with a sunhat but it also helps to stop breakage and damage from the wind and sea salt.

WORST HAIRSTYLE: Down! Please, please, please secure those ends ladies. When I see women with long hair wearing it down at the beach, I cringe because the wind can be so harsh and damaging to your ends. Not to mention the UV rays damage on your hair. Which by the way if you didn’t know, you should be putting sun protection on your hair too! I use THIS on my hair for sun protection daily!

WORK HAIRSTYLE

BEST HAIRSTYLE: Now this is totally individually based… It really does depend on your job and what that job requires hairstyle wise. But let me help give you some ideas for different work environments.

I’m a psychiatric PA, so I spend my days working in my office behind a desk, so for me the best hair style is half-up, half-down with a claw clip. This way my hair is out of my face but it still looks styled and put together. Let’s say you work in a job that requires you to have your hair up then I would suggest the top bun or the pulled back french braid since both these styles cutdown on breakage but still look fashionable.

Examples of claw clips:

WORST HAIRSTYLE: This also depends on your job and your work environment but here are some helpful tips I’ve learned. Since I sit in a chair most of my day my back rubs against the chair, AKA my hair rubs against the chair which increases breakage. So I prevent breakage 2 ways, by either pulling my hair to the front if I wear it down, or wearing my hair up so that it can’t rub against the chair.

So as you can tell many of these situations and hairstyle will vary from person to person depending on their job, lifestyle, hair length, and overall hairstyling level. However, here is an easy rule of thumb that I always you to determine the best hairstyle for a situation:

If rubbing, pulling, or breaking can develop, then put it UP!

Hope you loves found this helpful and I hope you start trying some new hairstyles to help protect those gorgeous locks of yours!

If you guys are looking for more ways to grow long and healthy hair, check out THIS post.

Until next time,

Hairstyles that can keep hair damage away

When we’re constantly in a rush to go to college or work every morning, the idea of doing up our hair can seem like quite a task. That’s because “hairstyles” are often associated with long processes, with hair damage being one of the consequences. However, this isn’t always true. Hair experts, in fact, suggest changing your hairstyle frequently in order to keep your strands and scalp healthy.

  • Smooth chignon
  • Braided ponytail bun
  • Twisted ponytail
  • Twisted Headband
  • Half braid
  • Crown Braid
  • Half bun

So if you’re looking to get the hairdo that scores high on the style quotient with minimum damage, here’s how. Start by using the Dove Intense Repair Shampoo and Conditioner, which what damaged hair longs for. As the duo is formulated with Keratin Actives, it understands that your hair goes through a lot everyday. Thus, it repairs damage from within the hair so that all visible signs of it are gone for good so that only nourished, healthy hair shows through. After shampooing and conditioning, you can move on to these simple hairstyles which will ensure beautiful, damage-free hair!

Smooth chignon

This hairstyle is ideal to protect fragile strands or split-ends from further damage. Simply take two small sections of hair from either side, bring them together and tie them with a hair tie. Thereafter, tuck the rest of the hair upwards around the tied section.

Braided ponytail bun

After tying your hair into a mid-ponytail, create a loose, three-strand braid. Follow this by gently wrapping the braid into a soft bun and set it in place using bobby pins.

Twisted ponytail

Start by tying your hair into a ponytail and then part your hair into two sections. Then gently twist the section and tie with a band. Repeat on the other section of hair. Then twist both the sections of hair together and tie the end together with a hair tie.

Twisted Headband

To try the twisted headband hairstyle, start by wearing a simple circular headband. Then fold the ends of your hair upwards and tuck them behind the band. Gently fluff the hair and spread it across for the headband to be covered completely.

Half braid

For the half braid hairstyle, you can choose a simple braid or a French braid from your hairline until the mid-section of your hair. On tied, loosen the braid slightly to give it an effortless feel.

Crown Braid

Take two sections of hair from either side of your head. Then make loose braids from each section. Bring both braids together and tie them in place with a hair clip.

Half bun

Take two small sections of hair from either side of your head. Then bring them together towards the crown of your head and tie them in a half bun hairstyle.
Pro tip – Make sure to use a protective hair serum in your hair routine to nourish your hair and keep it untangled. Post washing, condition for moisturized hair ends. Make it a point to oil your hair before shampooing and for that, you can use the the Dove Nourished Shine Elixir Oil, which contains the nutrition of Hibiscus and Argan Oil. The lightweight oil reduces frizziness and enriches your hair to make it stronger and shinier. Do all you can to protect your hair from damage this summer and in return, your hair will thank you by looking fabulous through the season!
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7 Tips to Help Prevent and Repair Damaged Hair

Do you wear a ponytail or braid every day? Do you flat iron or curl your damp hair before running out the door? Do you wash your hair on a daily basis? Although these practices get the job done, they can be very damaging to our hair. Let’s unravel some of the worst hair practices so that we can treat our damaged hair and turn it into healthy locks!

1. Curling/Straightening Wet Hair

Have you ever been so incredibly late that you decided to straighten your wet or damp hair? Please say no, because there are few things that are as damaging to your hair than this. This is because wet hair is more prone to damage than dry hair. The hair becomes more vulnerable, which results in hair breakage. Fun fact: wet hair is a lot more likely to “pop” (yes, like popcorn) because of the water and heat coming in contact. Ladies, this one deserves a pledge. Look into the mirror and repeat after me: “Never will I ever curl or straighten my wet hair again.”

Psst, if you’re running late and want some quick, easy, and heatless hairstyle ideas, we’ve got you covered.

2. Over-washing

Washing your hair too often is another way you may not know you are damaging your hair. Here’s the reality: the purpose of washing hair is to strip away oil buildup from your scalp and to cleanse it. If you are washing your hair too often (before it gets the chance to replenish its natural oils), your hair can become very dry. To prevent dry hair, we recommend to figure out a washing routine that works for you (depending on the length, thickness, and how you style your hair), but try to avoid washing your hair daily. Dry shampoo is your friend on those days in between!

3. Over-brushing

Have you ever heard the saying “100 strokes and your hair will become shiny and full”? Well, this is not quite true. Just like under-brushing, over-brushing can cause your hair to break (in the form of split ends or greater damages than that). Think about it – if your hair is constantly being brushed, chances are that there is too much friction, too often. You can help stop hair breakage by minimizing how frequently you brush your hair.

4. Using too much heat

Brace yourself – this is a very important tip! The first thing to keep in mind is to use curling irons and flat irons that have a heat setting option. Ladies, please stop frying your hair. Remember that fine, thin, and fragile hair should use the lowest heat setting, and that the average time you need to hold a curl is somewhere between 5 to 10 seconds. A helpful tip to preventing heat damage to your hair is to start by using a low temperature and less time and gradually increase if need be. Something to keep in mind is that heat changes the hydrogen bonds that hold hair together, meaning that permanent hair damage can occur if you use heat on a daily basis.

At Luxy Hair, we’re all for heatless hairstyles! Be sure to check out some of our heat-free tutorials here.

5. Tight hairstyles

Although ponytails, braids, and updos are a fun and creative way of changing up your look, these are considered to be tight hairstyles which can actually be harmful to your hair because of the constant tug and pull from your scalp. We recommend to avoid having your hair up all the time and as an alternative, try embracing your natural hair down. We have plenty of loose hairstyles on our YouTube Channel we recommend you check out. Your hair will thank you for it – we promise!

6. Brushing wet hair

Who knew that brushing your hair while wet can damage it? We didn’t. Actually, towel drying and brushing your wet hair can increase the chance of breakage. Switching your hair towel for a softer material (like cloth used in a shirt) is better as it’s less harsh for your hair. And also, make sure to opt for a wide tooth comb instead of a brush when detangling wet hair, or a wet brush.

7. Brushing from top to bottom

Another great tip when brushing your hair is to make sure to start from the bottom and gradually work your way up. When you start detangling from the top, you will encounter a lot more tangles than if you started from the bottom and literally rip the hair out (yikes). Brushing from bottom to top is ideal when trying to prevent hair breakage.

Guilty of doing any of these practices? It’s ok – we all are! The good thing is, it’s never too late to learn and change the way you treat your hair. Be sure to drop these bad habits and opt for better hair care to ensure you aren’t causing any damage to your beautiful locks. Yay for healthy hair!

Do you have any other tips that we didn’t mention in this blog post? Let us know in the comments below, we love it when you share your stories!

Everyone hate’s early morning classes – especially the brutal 8 a.m’s. But, nothing’s worse than waking up late for class. You roll over in bed, take a quick glance at the clock then freak out once you realize you’re supposed to be across campus and in class in less than ten minutes. You’re already in a hurry, then look in the mirror and your hairs a mess. You have no time to fix it up – so what do you do?

Waking up late is already stressful enough within itself, but things just seems to keep adding up once you can’t get your hair to look somewhat decent for the day. You have no time to straighten it, or put any heat on it. So what now?

Well, here are a few super easy hair styles that can fix any bad hair day in a matter of minutes. Forget the heat and forget freaking out when you wake up too late. These quick fixes can tame any type of hair.

1. French braids

We don’t know why or how, but somehow these braids have become a hit again. This is a super cute look and can be done in a matter of minutes if you’re on a time crunch. It’s definitely in style and people will think you actually woke up on time to do your hair!

2. One braid

Sometimes french braids aren’t as easy as it looks. If you’re struggling with that, just do a classic braid in the back and pull out a few pieces out in the front to make it a little messy and a lot cuter. This is definitely a go-to when you don’t have time to pull out that straightener.

3. Messy Bun

Hair buns are a lifesaver. If you mess around with your bun enough, you can definitely accomplish a super cute messy bun. It may take a few minutes to get the perfect look, but in the end, it’ll save you a ton of time.

4. Hats

Hats are honestly a life saver. There’s nothing wrong with putting on a baseball cap and calling it a day. Hats can go from sporty, cute or casual and saves you the stress of figuring out what to do with that hair. Floppy hats are also always a go to, especially in the summer!

5. Top Knot

Flat hair is almost as bad as having bed head. A perfect way to add some volume to your hair without applying any heat and taking up a lot of time is throwing a top knot, or half up half down bun. This is a look that’s definitely in right now and can work on any hair type.

Pony tails can be a quick fix to any bad hair day, but try something a little different next time you’re in a hurry! Sometimes a cute hair do is all you need to have a good day. HCXO.

11 Great Hair Style Ideas for Damaged Hair

1. Great Beginnings: Start With the Right Shampoo and Conditioner

Shampooing and conditioning correctly are the keys to getting off to the right start in styling damaged hair. How you wash, dry and condition your damaged locks will determine your hair’s health and how it looks. When selecting a shampoo for damaged hair, go for a professional product with restorative qualities. We sometimes opt for shampoo that lathers like a car wash, but all those suds can strip your damaged hair of its natural oils and cause further damage. Instead, opt for a sulfate-free, no lather, or no-poo shampoo. To protect damaged hair, don’t shampoo more than two or three times per week. That’s because shampooing too frequently can dry out hair and make styling damaged hair even more challenging. During the off days, use a dry shampoo to absorb your hair’s oil. If you just really don’t like the way your hair looks when you nix shampooing every day, try styling your hair in an updo or with a hat on the last day before time to shampoo .After shampooing, apply a hydrating conditioner to damaged hair. Look for one with plant-derived moisturizers and keratin to repair damaged hair. When applying conditioner, be sure to coat your ends. To enhance the conditioner’s effects, try blow-drying the strands with the conditioner still on, then rinse it out.

2. How To Dry Your Damaged Hair Without Drying It Out

We all love the sleek bounce of a fresh blowout. But, blow dryers can damage the hair’s cuticle and shaft over time, leaving hair looking dull.

The ideal cure for this is to allow damaged hair to air dry, and here’s how to do it:

a) Squeeze water from the hair, then begin by blotting it with a terry cloth towel.

b) Apply a nourishing leave-in conditioner.

c) Gently press small sections to avoid roughing-up the follicle. (We recommend using a soft towel for this process. This is especially important with damaged hair because wet hair is fragile, and when it’s dried aggressively with a scruffier towel, damaged hair can be stretched 50 percent beyond its original length. This can cause irreversible damage to the hair’s texture, weakening it to the point of breaking.

3. Try A Towl-Dry Style for Damaged Hair

To create a soft style for your damaged hair while it’s air drying, apply a replenishing leave-in conditioner, and pile the hair on top of your head. Pull the center of the towel taut against your forehead. Keeping your hair piled on top, gently twist both sides of the towel into long rolls above your ears. Tuck each end at the nape of your neck. Keep the hair wrapped in the towel for as long as needed to dry hair. Unwrap the towel to reveal soft waves.

Unless you get up very early, this towel waving technique is difficult to do in the mornings before work. It may be beneficial to start shampooing your hair in the evening. Give yourself ample time, however, so you don’t have to go to sleep with wet hair.

4. Use These Blow Drying Techniques for Damaged Hair

If you must use a blow dryer, here are a few tips to help keep your damaged hair as manageable as possible and avoid further damage. Remember:

* Always use a heat-protecting shampoo and conditioner and apply a protective leave-in conditioner prior to blow drying.

* If possible, use an ionic dryer to reduce static produced by the blowout, and a paddle brush for sleeker tresses.

* Ideally, your hair should be 70 percent dry before you blow dry to reduce the risk of overheating and damaging wet hair.

* The closer you hold the blow dryer to your hair, the more damage it will cause. Start at the back of your hair, in the bottom area, and hold the dryer seven inches from your hair to prevent further damage.

* Keep the dryer at the lowest setting possible and move the dryer constantly to avoid overheating and causing more hair damage.

* Use a dryer with a nozzle attachment that will direct the flow of the air onto a small section. But don’t hold the nozzle in the same place on your hair for longer than five seconds.

* Blow dry your damaged hair pointing the nozzle of the dryer toward the ends of your hair. This smoothes the cuticle and prevents tangles. After blow drying, blast your hair with cool air for one minute to set the style and give it shine.

* Finally, don’t try to style wet hair with a straightening or curling iron. Always blow dry or air dry your hair completely before using an iron. Wet hair is especially delicate, and direct heat can cause breakage.

Hair styling without damage

How to style hair without damage

How you style your hair can cause hair to look brittle, frizzy, and lackluster or even fall out. Follow these tips from dermatologists to help style your hair without causing damage.

How you style your hair can cause hair to look brittle, frizzy and lackluster, or even fall out. Follow these tips from dermatologists to help style your hair without causing damage.

  • Dry your hair by wrapping it in a towel after a shower or bath. Another alternative is letting your hair air-dry.

  • Most people should handle wet hair as little as possible as wet hair breaks more easily when combed or brushed. However, people with tightly curled or textured hair should brush their hair when wet to decrease the chances of hair breakage.

  • Keep brushing to minimum. Brushing your hair 100 strokes each day can cause split ends.

  • Reduce the use of “long-lasting hold” styling products. Using a comb to style your hair after you apply the product can cause the hair to break and can lead to hair loss over time.

  • Allow your hair to partially air dry before you style or comb. Decreasing the number of times per week that you blow dry also helps limit damage.

  • Flat irons should be used on dry hair on a low or medium heat setting, no more often than every other day. If you use a curling iron, only leave it in place for a second or two. No matter your hair type, excessive heat can damage your hair.

  • Do not continuously wear braids, cornrows, ponytails and hair extensions. These styles pull on the hair and can cause tension that leads to breakage. If the tension continues, permanent hair loss can develop.

If you have questions or concerns about caring for your hair, you should make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist.

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How to Repair Hair Breakage from Ponytails

When we think of what could damage our hair, we think of the products and the heated tools we use, as well as our hair care routine.

But, do you know that your all-time favorite hairstyle, the ponytail, can be the cause of your hair breakage?

Packing your hair into a ponytail is practical as it helps pull the hair off your face, whether you’re feeling overheated, or you’re at the gym, or you don’t have the time to do a more complex hairstyle. However, ponytails have a seriously unwelcoming side effect – hair breakage.

Figuring out how to repair hair breakage from ponytails is really not an easy task. Think of how upsetting a bad haircut is, hair breakage is worse.

Imagine seeing several strands of broken hair on top of the rest of your hair. Annoying!

Do ponytails cause hair breakage?

Hair breakage is when your hair breaks off unexpectedly before it reaches a complete lifecycle. It usually breaks close to the root or mid-way around the shaft, and it leaves the pieces significantly shorter than the rest of your hair.

The potential for hair breakage varies according to the natural strength of your hair (some people are born with durable, thick hair, while others have more brittle, thinner hair), and how often you pack it into a ponytail.

When you pack a ponytail, especially a tight one, you pull on the hair, and you cause tension at the root. If you do this frequently, your hair will become weaker, leading to hair breakage.

If you’ve taken an elastic band off your ponytail, and the band is full of hair, then it’s irrefutable proof that you’re surely doing something wrong.

Even more terrible, you can’t just tame hair breakage by curling or flat ironing the broken pieces as this will only cause more breakage.

Also, you can’t cut the rest of your hair to be the same as the broken length, except you’re ready to go on full low-cut. So, in answer to the question asked above, YES, ponytails, especially when frequent, do cause hair breakage.

Got thinning hair from ponytails? Check this out!

How do I stop my hair from breaking in a ponytail?

We all love ponytails, and it is rather unfortunate that it can result in hair breakage.

Lucky for us, there are a few tips and tricks that we can use to keep our ponytails healthy and unsusceptible to breakage.

Tip #1 – Never tie your hair up into a ponytail when it’s wet

This cannot be overemphasized. Our hairs are delicate, fragile, and at its weakest when wet.

The regular snags and dents that often occur in a dry ponytail are ten times more when the hair is wet. So, ensure that your hair is dried before you pack it up.

Tip #2 – Apply a serum

Before you pack your hair into a ponytail, first apply a top-quality serum over it. This will give your hair a healthy shine, and it will aid the tie glide over the ponytail without snagging or pulling it.

Tip #3 – Try out different styles

Yes, we love ponytails, but it isn’t right to make it an everyday hairstyle. High ponytails are prone to cause hair breakage, especially if it’s pulled too tight.

So, the best thing is to alternate between tight and loose ponytail days, as well as “all hair down” days. You should also consider a half-up ponytail style. You’d be surprised; there are many different ways to tie your hair up in a ponytail.

This will keep the hair away from your face like a regular ponytail, but it will minimize the strain on your hair follicles.

Tip #4 – Sleep time should be downtime

To give your hair scalp a break, it is best to wear your hair down while sleeping. If you really must tie it up, then it’s best to sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase.

Tip #5 – Hair Ties

“Hair ties can cause breakage.”

– Mark Debolt, Hair Colorist at Wella Professionals and Marie Robinson Salon (source)

Using only fabric hair ties is critical to keeping a healthy ponytail. If your current band has metal on it, then it is prone to catch on your ponytail.

Also, tight elastic bands can snag your hair and leave it dented. So, fabric hair ties are the best.

Use a fabric hair tie like this

Tip #6 – Be careful with your hairline

While pulling your hair into a ponytail, be extra careful with the hairline as it’s the weakest part of the hair.

If you pull the hairline too tightly, it can result in breakage and even extreme bald patches.

Besides, the trend now is to leave the front of your hair a bit loose to achieve an undone, tousled finish.

READ: Tips on How To Stop Wearing Your Hair In A Ponytail

How to Repair Hair Breakage

If you are experiencing hair breakage already, do not despair, it can be fixed. Follow the steps discussed below to learn how to rejuvenate your hair, and stop it from thinning out.

Deep Condition

If your hair is breaking, then your hair is most likely brittle, weak and also dried out. To repair this, you need to add sufficient hydration and moisture back into your hair by utilizing argan oil deep conditioning treatment. You can also use coconut oil for conditioning.

If you’ve also noticed that your scalp gets itchy or sore after wearing a pony for hours, then you need to use a conditioner with the ability to soothe inflammation and irritation.

Avoid Excess Heat

If your hair breakage is caused by a ponytail, and you want to effect a full repair, then you have to guard your hair against excessive heat.

Reduce the temperature of all your styling tools. Also, rather than using a blow dryer, it is better to allow your hair to dry naturally.

It would help if you also use a heat protectant spray before using a curling iron or other heat styling tools. Without the spray, heat can penetrate into your hair shaft too deeply, leading to more damage.

Diet

Make your hair stronger by eating certain nutrients and vitamins that can keep your hair healthy. Your diet should include a substantial amount of calcium, folic acid, Vitamins B, C, D, protein and Omega 3’s.

Hair Accessories

Use only accessories that do not tug and pinch at the tie. You can either use a fabric hair tie or a loose elastic tie.

Chemical Treatments

If you are suffering from hair breakage caused by a ponytail, then, for now, it is best to avoid salon-style chemical treatments such as digital perm, straightening, hair bleaching and coloring. This will only make the damage to your hair much worse.

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Fans of chemical straightening, in particular, should consider switching to a keratin treatment, which adds a smooth coating to each strand, but doesn’t mess with the cortex. (Liquid Keratin 30 Day Straight is a good at-home version.) Just steer clear of anything called “Brazilian straightening” — the treatment may contain dangerous levels of formaldehyde.

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5. Sleeping on a Cotton Pillowcase

Believe it or not, your beloved cotton pillowcase could be causing your hair to break off more than usual because it creates friction between the hair and the fabric while you sleep. Instead, invest in a satin or silk pillowcase, which cuts down on the snagging while you snooze. All of these pillowcases are specifically designed with hair (and skin) health in mind.

6. Towel Drying

While it might feel like the instinctual thing to do post-shower sesh, tying your hair up in a towel can actually lead to major tangling and breakage issues. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Instead, swap out your towel for an old, soft T-shirt or a paper towel, both of which are absorbent and also way easier on your hair.

7. Over-Washing

This one goes hand-in-hand with the moisture factor. The more you cleanse your hair, the more it’s stripped of the natural oils it needs to stay in tip-top shape. Hairstylists recommend shampooing only three times a week (depending on your hair type, of course). Justin Anderson, celebrity colorist and creative director of dpHUE, recommends his line’s Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse, which acts as a shampoo and conditioner substitute and is actually formulated with strand-strengthening proteins.

If, however, you have fine and/or oily hair that needs to be washed more frequently, you can still shampoo — just be careful. “Thoroughly drench your hair with water before you lather up,” says Lupo. “Then concentrate on the hair two inches closest to the scalp, since that’s where sebum collects. And rinse really, really well under the coldest water you can stand.” Bonus: Cold water will smooth the cuticle so frayed ends are less obvious.

Stock your shower with products that have the words “anti-breakage,” “strengthening,” or “renewal” on the label to thicken hair and seal split ends. We like L’Oréal Professionnel Force Vector Reinforcing Anti-Breakage Shampoo and Conditioner.

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8. Skipping Regular Haircuts

If you avoid cutting your split ends, eventually they might just break off. Make sure to keep regular haircuts on your calendar for healthier hair.

9. Forgetting to Deep Condition

If you have the time and money to hit the salon every four weeks, great. Everyone else? Just get a good deep conditioner. “The ingredients aren’t that different from those in your daily conditioner, but they’re much more concentrated and they leave behind a smoothing film that won’t wash off for days,” explains cosmetic chemist Joseph Cincotta.

Hairstylist Mark Townsend of the Sally Hershberger salon in New York City recommends using a deep conditioner overnight once a week if the damage is severe — just make sure you place a towel over your pillow. We like Infusium 23 Repair & Renew Leave-in Treatment, Nexxus Emergencée Strengthening Polymeric Reconstructor, and for fine hair, Kérastase Masquintense for Fine Hair.

10. An Unbalanced Diet

Your hair needs protein to stay strong. Protein can repair weak spots in the hair shaft, warding off breakage. But be forewarned: Too much protein can make the hair brittle, and too much moisture makes strands too flexible. It’s important to find the right balance.

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Have you ever noticed that you have a tendency to lose hair, especially where you part it, or hold it up in a tie? This is because women put a lot of stress and strain on their hair. Ponytails, updos and parting all induce some sort of stress that can lead to hair loss over time. Don Bewley, co-founder of Eufora International, offers a comparison for women’s damaged hair: “Think of it like tires on a car — wear and tear will lead you to balding.” All is not lost, though. There are a few tricks of the trade that’ll help save your hair.

Never pull your hair too tightly back from your face: “Over time this will put a strain on the finer hair around the front hairline and make it go thinner and become weak,” says British celebrity hairstylist Mark Hill.

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When you use a hair band/elastic, don’t wrap it around the hair so tightly: A good hair band will keep your hair in place without pulling.

The biggest danger is in pulling your hair band out: “The wrong band will snag hair and pull any damaged strands out with it,” says Hill. Choose a hair band that has no metal fasteners, is made of silicone, or is made of a no snag material.

Use tools the way they were intended: “Often people use items like regular rubber bands that aren’t meant for hair, causing breakage. Also, pulling the hair back too tightly can put too much tension on the hair, ultimately causing traction alopecia which could result in permanent hair loss,” says Van Thomas, an LA-based independent hair stylist/educator and the creator of the new Van Thomas Concepts line of products.

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For everything there is a time (and a place): “Another no-no would be never wear your hair in a bun or top knot when it is wet,” says Ashleigh Serdan, owner of Ashtin Salon in Corona Del Mar, CA. The best way to sleep at night would be just letting the hair naturally fall not having it tied back.

Take a break: It is always great to give your hair a rest and really play up your natural texture. “This rest includes avoiding pulling your hair up with tight elastics and holders. Wearing your ponytail in the same place can cause hair strands to weaken. It is the same type of damage you often associate with daily hot tool use. So, if you avoid blow drying or flat ironing, it is also important to limit the number of times each week you tightly secure hair up,” says celebrity hairstylist George Gonzalez of George the Salon in Chicago.

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Traction alopecia is hair loss caused by stress, but not the emotional kind of stress. Traction alopecia is caused by the physical stress put on your scalp from excessive tugging and pulling on your hair. The most damaging hairstyles that cause hair loss and breakage are the ones that pull tightly on the scalp. Think sleek ponytails, tight braids and hair extensions.

Luckily, the effects of hair damage and hair loss from traction alopecia are usually reversible. The best treatment for traction alopecia is to give your follicles and scalp a break from these damaging hairstyles. Instead, try these five low-manipulation, easy-to-do hairstyles that can help reverse traction alopecia by lessening the pressure on the scalp.

Perfectly Messy Updo

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Traditional updos are sleek and tightly pulled — exactly what you want to avoid. The slightly messy updo is a good alternative to a sleek bun that still looks polished and pretty. This date-night-ready look will help you avoid tight ponytail hair loss!

To get this precisely messy look, use a comb to slightly muss up the front and tease the sides. But avoid excessive teasing to keep breakage to a minimum. Tie it up with a few pins or a loose ribbon to avoid any pulling on your hair follicles. Traction alopecia regrowth can happen naturally if you wear loose hairstyles like this rather than tight, rigid styles.

An added bonus of the messy updo is that the volume plus wavy texture help give the illusion of thicker hair. So if your hair is fine and breaking, this hairstyle is perfect for you!

Long, Blunt Bangs

Of course, wearing your hair down is one of the best hairstyles for traction alopecia sufferers. This style gives your roots a chance to recover from any pulling and tugging.

However, not all women like wearing their hair completely straight and down. Blunt bangs are a great way to add style and pop to a straight hairstyle.

Have your hairstylist start your bangs higher up, near the crown of your head rather than at your hairline. With any type of bangs, make sure to keep your hair clean! You don’t want oily bangs sticking to your forehead.

Wavy Shoulder-Length Bob

For women with medium-length hair, wavy is the way to go. It’s got just the right amount of attitude and style. Plus, it’s the perfect hairstyle to fight traction alopecia since there is no stress on your follicles due to blow-drying, brushing and flat-ironing. Just add a little product to hair and let it dry loose and wavy.

Hair cut tip: try a jagged side part instead of a center part to add more layers. These layers will hide thinning spots and make hair look thicker overall. It’s a great way to draw attention away from any problem areas caused by your alopecia.

Natural Hair

For women with naturally curly hair who usually wear braids or a weave, traction alopecia can hit especially hard. These “protective” hairstyles often require a lot of product, tight pulling and manipulation (think twist-outs and braids) to get them just right. Wearing your hair natural is the best way to give your follicles a break.

You might need a bit of product to get this look completely right, but the small amount of hair product is much better than the constant pulling of braids or weaves. Not only will this style help reverse your hair loss, you can avoid the pain and headaches from tight braids.

Try a short hairstyle like the one pictured above. Or if your hair is a bit longer, you can go for a tapered cut. You’ll see your problem areas improve in no time.

Loose Braid

The braid is one of our favorite low-manipulation hairstyles for women with medium to long hair. It pulls your hair back loosely, but it puts much less stress on your roots than tightly pulled, intricate braids.

Put the braid down the middle of your back or create a side braid. You can position the plait just so to cover any spots with thinning from traction alopecia. And it won’t look like you’re trying to cover anything — it’s just a funky way to switch up the braid. No one will be the wiser!

It can be a bit scary at first to try to reverse traction alopecia… but don’t worry too much. If you let your hair rest by wearing it down as often as possible (especially after a ponytail or tight-braid day), your problems will start to subside in a few months. Reducing friction (try satin pillowcases) and adding a growth vitamin to your diet can help too.

Hairstyles that pull can lead to hair loss

A sleek ponytail, cornrows, or tightly pulled updo can look great. If you wear your hair tightly pulled back often, the constant pulling may eventually lead to hair loss. By making a few changes, you can keep your sense of style without losing your hair.

Changes that help prevent hair loss due to tight hairstyles

Anyone who frequently wears a tightly pulled hairstyle can develop hair loss. In fact, there’s actually a medical term for this type of hair loss. It’s called traction alopecia (al-oh-pee-sha).

You can reduce your risk of developing this type of hair loss by following these dermatologists’ tips.

  1. Avoid frequently wearing hairstyles that pull on your hair. Every once in a while, it’s OK to wear your hair tightly pulled back, but you want to avoid wearing a tightly pulled hairstyle every day. The constant pulling can cause strands of your hair to break or fall out.
    In time, the continuous pulling can damage your hair follicles. If you damage your hair follicles, your hair cannot grow back, so you develop permanent hair loss.
    Hairstyles that constantly pull on your hair include:

      Buns, ponytails, and up-dos that are tightly pulled
  2. Cornrows
  3. Dreadlocks
  4. Hair extensions or weaves
  5. Tightly braided hair Wearing rollers to bed most of the time can also lead to hair loss, so dermatologists recommend styling your hair this way only on special occasions.

    Avoid wearing hairstyles that pull on your hair

    If you often wear your hair tightly pulled back, the first sign of hair loss may be broken hairs around your hairline or thinning hair where your hairstyle pulls tightly.

  6. Loosen up the hairstyle. When you wear your hair pulled back, loosen the hairstyle a bit, especially around your hairline. To reduce the constant pulling, you can:

      Loosen braids, especially around your hairline
  7. Wear a braided style for no longer than two to three months
  8. Opt for thicker braids and dreadlocks
    Loosen up your hairstyle

    If your hairstyle feels painful, the style is too tight.

  9. Change it up. Changing hairstyles can also help reduce the pull. Ideally, when you change styles, you want to give your hair a chance to recover. For example, after wearing cornrows, you may want to wear loose braids or go natural for a few months.

    Cornrows

    Cornrows, which pull at the roots of your hair, can cause hair loss. Wearing looser braids and changing your hairstyle after 2 or 3 months can prevent hair loss.

  10. Follow these precautions when wearing a weave. Weaves and extensions are great way to add volume and length to your hair. To prevent them from causing hair loss, dermatologists recommend that you:

      Wear them for short periods of time, as the pulling can increase your risk of developing traction alopecia
  11. Remove them immediately, if they cause pain or irritate your scalp
  12. Opt for sewn-in weaves rather than ones that use bonding glue
  13. Have a professional relax your hair. A hairstylist who has training in chemical relaxers can chose the product that will achieve the results you want while minimizing the damage to your hair.
    To find out whether your stylist has this training, ask. You should also ask what your stylist will do to help maintain the health of your hair.

  14. Look for early signs of hair loss. If you wear hairstyles that pull tightly, take time every month to look for these early signs of hair loss:

      Broken hairs around your forehead
  15. A receding hairline
  16. Patches of hair loss where your hair is pulled tightly If you see any of the above, it’s time to stop pulling on your hair so that your hair can regrow.
    When the pulling continues, most people eventually notice that their hair stops growing. Where you once had hair, you’ll see shiny, bald skin. When traction alopecia advances to this stage, your hair cannot grow back.
  17. Change your hairstyle immediately if you notice any of the following problems. These are signs that your hairstyle or products could cause hair loss:

      Pain from tightly pulled hair
  18. Stinging on your scalp
  19. Crusts on your scalp
  20. Tenting (sections of your scalp are being pulled up like a tent)

When to see a board-certified dermatologist

If you have hair loss, it’s never too early to see a board-certified dermatologist. People develop hair loss for many reasons. Your hairstyle may be the cause. It’s also possible that something else is causing your hair loss, such as stress or hereditary hair loss. A board-certified dermatologist can get to the root of the problem.

The sooner you find out what’s causing your hair loss and take steps to stop it, the better your results.

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