5 Everyday Hairstyles that Cause Hair Damage

Everyday Hairstyles That Can Cause Hair Loss

Originally Published March 27th, 2017

Tight ponytails and slicked-back buns are easy, everyday hairstyles, but did you know that wearing the same look every day can actually be damaging for your hair? These styles may look great, but moderation is key! Read on for common hairstyles most likely to cause damage.

everyday hairstyles that can cause hair loss

1. Ponytails

Ponytails are great for disguising dirty hair or for the gym, but pulling your hair back the same way can cause breakage from the friction of your hair tie.

The solve: experiment with different styles of ponytails. Wear it high one day, and low another. The key is to make sure that it’s not always in the same spot!

wearing tight braids every day can cause hair loss

2. Tight braids

Tight braids are so on trend, but too-tight braids can pull hair from its roots and cause scalp damage. When taken to the extreme, this can cause traction alopecia. You don’t need to say goodbye to tight braids, just make sure you don’t wear them every day.

everyday hairstyles that can cause damage: straightening your hair every day

3. Straightened Hair

If you were born with pin-straight hair, good for you! But if you’re accomplishing the straight look by styling with a flat iron every day, you may be damaging your hair.

Experts recommend avoiding straightening your hair every day, but when you do, make sure you use a heat protectant spray.

woman with wet updo

4. Wet Updos

Nobody likes going out into public with wet hair, but sometimes you just don’t have the time to dry your hair after you wash it! Hair is at its most fragile when it’s wet, so it’s even more likely to break when pulled back. If you’re pressed for time, wear your hair down wet. Your strands will thank you!

everyday hairstyles that can cause hair loss: clip in extensions

5. Extensions

Anyone who dreams of instantly longer hair can turn to extensions, but be careful. Hair extensions that are heavy can damage your hair, breaking off the shafts or pulling out strands altogether.  If you use clip in extensions, be sure to remove them before bed and avoid always clipping them in the same spot to prevent traction alopecia.

Toppik hair building fibers hide damage caused by everyday hairstyles

If the damage is already done…

We recommend employing these hairstyles as sparingly as possible. However, if the damage is already done, try Hair Building Fibers to disguise any areas of thinning. In 7 colors, there’s a shade for everyone and Fibers work for every hair type.

Stay in the Know

Next week we will reveal the best haircuts of 2017 for men with thinning hair. Keep your look current with these fresh styles!

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Colleen Welsch is a freelance beauty writer and blogger specializing in hair care, hair growth education and beauty.

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