According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, an estimated 35 million men and 21 million women are currently experiencing some degree of hair loss. At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research and The Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss, many of our patients ask if there is something that they can do to help keep it from happening. While there are certainly a variety of medications and advanced hair restoration treatments that can help, simply avoiding a few hair care dangers can help preserve your hair’s fullness or even prevent some common forms of hair loss.
Avoid Tight Hairstyles
While it is fine for people to occasionally wear their hair back in ponytails, braids, or “man-buns,” the tension of these tight hairstyles can, with excessive use, potentially cause permanent damage to the frontal hair follicles. This eventually results in a condition called traction alopecia, which leaves behind areas of obvious thinning along the front and sides of the scalp.
Avoid High Heat
When the hair is excessively dry, it can be prone to breakage and split ends, and nothing dries out the hair strands faster than heat. The concentrated heat from curling irons, flat irons, or hair dryers can be extremely damaging and should be avoided if at all possible. We recommend that you dry your hair using medium or even low heat settings if necessary, and if you are getting your hair done in a salon that you ask your hairdresser to use cooler air to dry your hair as well.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals
Many of the products that people use on their hair can also cause damage. Chemical treatments, like gels, dyes, and relaxers, can weigh hair down, making it weaker and prone to breakage. Even harsh shampoos can potentially strip away the oils that keep the hair healthy. If your hair is naturally dry, it is probably only necessary to wash it every two to three days, and we recommend using sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners to preserve the hair’s vital natural oils.
If you are concerned about your own hair loss, you are welcome to schedule a consultation with The Griffin Center’s experienced hair restoration specialists, Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis. Together we can put together a treatment plan that may include anything from specially formulated vitamins and prescription compounds, to advanced preventative measures like platelet rich plasma and red light laser therapy, to full hair transplantation surgery, depending on which approach is right for you.
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