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Preventing Hair-Loss: Avoid Hair Damage (Part III)

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Preventing Hair-Loss: Avoid Hair Damage (Part III)

Daniel Garcia-Decoteau

Humans lose on average 100-150 hair follicles per day. Hair grows at an average of ½ inch per month.

Let that sink in for a moment.

An increase in the amount lost or a slowing down of growth results in two words: hair-loss.

"Bald" is a hairstyle that many men dread. We will be compiling, over the next few weeks, a series that helps minimize hair loss caused by a multitude of different factors. Today, we're looking at how to avoid damaging your hair in the first place.

1. Limit Your Use Of Hair Dryers / Hot Curlers / Hot Brushes / Straighteners
Heat weakens hair proteins and constant exposure to this heat leads to hair brittleness and fragility. If you do use heated tools, be careful as permanently damaged hair follicles can arise.

2. Avoid Perms
"Perming" is a terms that refers to chemcially straightening or chemically curling your hair. The way a perm works is by first breaking down the inner bonds of your hair and then reforming to fit a certain curl. Doing this weakens your hair incredibly.

3. Dying or Bleaching Your Hair Has Adverse Effects
Never color your hair more than once every four to six weeks as frequent coloring hurts your hair incredibly. Bleaching your hair removes your natural pigment when the cuticles are penetrated by chemicals. By doing this you are changing the structure of your hair and making it more susceptible to damage. Both of these methods can prove to be very disastrous with chemical burns.

4. Don't Pull Your Hair Too Tight
Some hairstyles that require tight pulling and elastics or clips can be a cause of hair loss if done on a daily basis. The medical name for loss of hair due to hairstyles that are too tight is known as "traction alopecia".

Moderate uses of the above styling techniques will have your hair thanking you! Although some styles require them, limiting the amount of times you perform them will make your hair happy and healthy.