Is Your Hairstyle to Blame for Hair Loss?

 Is Your Hairstyle to Blame for Hair Loss?

Hair loss can be attributable to many different sources: aging, hormonal changes, even illness or medication. However, some men and women don’t realize their hairstyle could be a major contributor to their hair loss.

At The Vitality Institute of Agoura in Agoura Hills, California, Dr. Stefanie Feldman and her team offer hair transplant services to restore your hair and your confidence.

Causes of hair loss

Men and women can both suffer from baldness that is associated with hormonal fluctuation and/or genetic predisposition. In men, this condition is more properly known as androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern baldness (MPB), and it is responsible for 95% of hair loss in men. Women can have female pattern baldness, bit it normally occurs in post-menopausal women, and is far less common than MPB. 

Hair loss can also be caused by cancer treatment, medications, stress, and problems with the thyroid. However, if hair loss is not medically caused, it could simply be due to hairstyle choice.

Hairstyles that can cause hair loss

Almost any hairstyle that pulls the hair tightly can cause hair loss over time, as the continual strain pulls hairs loose and damages follicles. This is called traction alopecia. Traction alopecia can be worse if you chemically straighten or color your hair, which weakens it.

High and tight ponytails or buns

Tight ponytails or buns restrict blood circulation to hair follicles. You may notice that your hairline starts slowly receding over time if your go-to hairstyle is a severely pulled back one. Better to pull your hair back loosely and tie it at the base of your neck, twist it into a soft updo, or braid it without putting a ponytail in first. 

Cornrows

Cornrows done properly and cared for meticulously can be beautiful, but if neglected or done too tightly, they can cause lots of damage to the scalp and hair follicles. Make sure cornrows are done by an experienced professional, and give your head a break periodically.

Dreadlocks

Dreadlocks can also look great but if they are done incorrectly or improperly maintained, they too, can cause damage to the scalp. Make sure your dreads are carefully created and maintained, and plan breaks for your hair and scalp to recover.

Weaves or extensions

Weaves and glue extensions are another service best provided by professionals and limited in the amount of time they stay in. Otherwise you can end up with increased tension on the scalp, follicle damage, and even scarring, resulting in permanent hair loss.

Avoiding hairstyle related hair loss

Don’t ever put your hair into a tight hairstyle while it is wet. Also, if you part your hair when you put it up, change your part frequently to avoid repeated tension on the same hair follicles. If you want your hair pulled back from your face, consider bangs or creating a soft opuf of hair in front so you don’t damage your hairline.

Damage already done? Want to know more about hair transplants? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Feldman. To get in touch, call 818-739-8144, or request an appointment online





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