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Your Hairstyle Might Cause Hair Loss

by Jane Meggitt

If your hair is thinning, or there’s a lot more of it on your comb or in the shower, your hairstyle could be the culprit. Any style that puts constant tension on the hair can lead to hair loss, but some are especially problematic. Even if you hairstyle doesn’t pull on your hair, the devices you use to achieve a certain look might contribute to balding.

Traction Alopecia

The medical term for hair loss resulting from constant tension is “traction alopecia.” It’s especially prevalent in African-American women who wear their hair in cornrows or tight braids, and the most common cause of hair loss in that demographic. Wearing tight ponytails, buns or braids may also result in traction alopecia.

Using Chemicals

Permanent waves, along with chemical straightening, are hard on hair when used regularly. The strong chemical smell accompanying both processes attests to the powerful substances you’re putting on your head. Some people may notice hair loss not too long after perming or straightening, while for others it’s a cumulative effect. For best results, have your hair permed or straightened professionally, rather than relying on at-home kits.


Wearing a wig per se doesn’t necessarily lead to hair loss – and for women experiencing severe hair loss, a wig is a lifesaver. However, don’t purchase wigs requiring clips to keep them in place, or any other type of adhesive. Such holders contribute to hair breakage and subsequent loss.

Less Heat, More Hair

The more heat you put on your hair for styling purposes, the more likely you are to damage it, which leads to thinning. While curling and flat irons stress your tresses, so does using a blow dryer at high temperatures. For your hair’s sake, use heat devices minimally. Never use a flat iron at higher than a medium setting, and put a curling iron on your locks for no longer than two seconds. If possible, allow your hair to air-dry after washing or wrap it in a towel rather than blow it dry.

Dry Before Styling

Styling wet hair is a recipe for hair loss. Allow your hair to dry completely or at least partially prior to styling.

Avoid Long-Lasting Hold

The words “long-lasting hold” may look good on a hairspray or styling product, but over time combing after using the product results in hair breakage and eventual hair loss, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

If you notice sudden or serious hair loss, visit your dermatologist as soon as possible.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hair loss and how to treat it, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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