Bad Habits That Can Damage Your Hair

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Whether socially or culturally, hair has always played a significant role in personal style. Many people worry about hair loss because it is very common, affecting 2/3 of men and up to 1/2 of all women.  These statistics are intimidating. At the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic, we understand the significance of hair, and we offer many hair loss treatments such as FUE hair transplants along with comprehensive instructions to ensure that you keep your hair looking great.

As hair loss can be related to various factors, you can control some factors that contribute to this phenomenon. It is common knowledge that aggressive bleaching of hair and constant tugging or pulling can damage hair. However, many people experience hair loss because of little daily behaviours that cause an issue over time. Here we point out some frequent bad habits that you can recognize and correct to help maintain healthy, beautiful hair after a hair restoration treatment.

Bad Habits That Can Damage Your Hair

Hair Washing Habits

Everyone enjoys a hot shower, but your scalp does not because the high water temperatures have a tendency to dehydrate. This causes an overproduction of oils, which can affect your hair care and its health. After getting out of the shower, another unfortunate habit that most people have is to scrub their hair with a towel. Wet hair is most fragile, and this type of rigorous motion can contribute to extensive hair damage and breakage. You may be surprised that we do not advise wrapping your wet hair in a towel for the same reason. A good alternative is to gently pat your hair with the towel to absorb the water.

Wearing Tight Hairstyles

Regularly wearing your hair in a tight style (whether a bun, ponytail, or tight braids) can lead to hair loss in the future. The tightness increases friction and tugging motions that can stress the hair follicles that are responsible for hair growth. This can cause a condition called traction alopecia. To reduce your risks of traction alopecia, avoid wearing your hair in tight hairstyles. Alternatively, you can also choose gentler methods for styling your hair such as scrunchies rather than elastics with metal parts.

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Bad Habits That Can Damage Your Hair

Brushing Wet Hair

Although brushing your hair when it is wet makes it easier to detangle, it can cause more damage to your strands because, as mentioned previously, wet hair is fragile. This bad habit can simply be fixed by switching from a brush to a wide-toothed comb and being gentle throughout the brushing process. We also suggest drying your hair slightly beforehand so that it is less vulnerable yet damp enough to comb through easily.

Applying Heat

When you have beautiful hair, it is understandable that you want to style it with tools such as blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons. However, these tools all require the use of high heat, which can break strands and cause hair to fall out more often. Of course, this does not mean these tools cannot be used if you want healthy hair. Instead, we advise our clients to lower the heat settings, avoid using these tools too close to the scalp, and use straighteners or curling irons sparingly.

Using The Wrong Hair Products

Not all haircare products are created equally, so it certainly pays off to look at the ingredients in your preferred shampoo or conditioner. Often there are harsh chemicals such as alcohol, artificial fragrances, parabens, and sulphates added to the product that can result in hair damage over time, meaning that you might need hair loss treatment in the future.

At the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic, we want to support our clients in achieving and maintaining a healthy head of hair. If you have any questions regarding hair care, hair loss, and/or the types of hair loss restoration available, feel free to contact us at our Toronto location.

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