While genetics, aging, and stress can be among the biggest culprits responsible for thinning hair, you could be doing things on your very own at home that make the problem worse or could lead to future thinning. Specifically, the one common hair care mistake that hair stylists warn cause thinning hair is tight hairstyles that pull out hair follicles. To learn more, we spoke with Jean Lopez, the co-founder of LilyHair. Read on to discover why tight hairstyles exacerbate thinning hair and for hair-loss-friendly styles you can use instead!
The hair care mistake;elm:context_link;itc:0″ class=”link “biggest hair care mistake that Lopez says leads to thinning hair is the excessive style of tight ponytails or hairdos. “Your hairline and hair can be severely damaged by tight ponytails,” Lopez explains. “It can yank out a lot of hair, making your hair thin. The use of heating equipment is analogous to washing with steam water. Every hair is to be left vulnerable to damage because the natural oils have been removed. It causes the hair follicles to open, causing further irritation.” In fact, there’s actually a medical term for this type of hair loss: traction alopecia.
So, while a sleek ponytail, cornrows, or tightly pulled updo can look great, the constant pulling may eventually lead to hair loss. In time, the continuous pulling can damage your hair follicles. And, if you damage your hair follicles excessively, your hair cannot grow back, so you develop permanent hair loss. Yikes!
One way you can fight this is to avoid frequently wearing hairstyles that pull on your hair. Every once in a while is OK, but you want to avoid wearing a tightly pulled hairstyle every single day or else you’ll start to notice strands of your hair break or