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The Top 12 Explanations for Damaged Hair
Zo e Di a n a D r a e l os , M D
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air loss affects a large number of men and women and may be caused from disease and genetic predisposition. Yet, the most common reason people experience hair loss is due to poor cosmetic grooming practices. Here are some good practices you can put in place to protect hair and prevent hair loss.
The old wives’ tale that hair should be brushed 100 strokes a day and the scalp vigorously massaged with the brush doesn’t hold true.
Even though mild to moderate seborrheic dermatitis does not cause hair loss, the scratching associated with the scalp pruritus is a predisposition to hair loss. It is possible to remove all of the cuticular scale off of a hair shaft after just 90 minutes of continuous scratching by the ﬁ ngernails. This loss leaves the hair shaft weakened and permanently cosmetically damaged.
Long vs. Short Hair
Long hair is more likely to be cosmetically damaged than short hair. If you have extensive hair damage, you may want to select a shorter hair style to maximize the appearance of the hair. With your new short haircut, remember to identify the cause of the hair damage so that the newly grown hair remains healthy and cosmetically attractive.
Use common sense and think of your hair’s health when choosing hair pins and clasps. Rubber bands should never be used; hair pins should have a smooth, ball-tipped surface; and hair clasps should have spongy rubber padding where they contact the hair. Loose-ﬁtting clasps also minimize breakage. All hair pins or clasps break hair since they hold hair tightly to stay in place. To minimize this problem, vary the placement of the hair clip so that hair breakage is not localized to one area. This problem is particularly apparent from hair worn in a ponytail. Women often say their hair is no longer growing; however, it is repeatedly broken at the same distance from the scalp due to hair clasp trauma. Pulling hair tightly with clasps or braids can also precipitate traction alopecia.
It is a well-known fact that hair growth slows down with age. Therefore, cosmetically damaged hair will be present longer on mature individuals. In addition, the diameter of the hair shaft will decrease, predisposing thinner hair shafts to chemical damage from processing, therefore chemicals used on mature hair should be weaker than those used on younger hair.
Hair Combing and Brushing
It is important to remember that curlier hair tends to fracture more easily than straight hair and therefore hair shaft architecture can determine how aggressively hair can be groomed. Kinky hair of African Americans should be gently groomed with a wide toothed comb or hair THE OLD WIVES’ TALE THAT HAIR SHOULD pick and only BE BRUSHED 100 STROKES A DAY AND Asian hair can THE SCALP VIGOROUSLY MASSAGED WITH be combed with THE BRUSH DOESN’T HOLD TRUE. minimal friction and hair shaft damage.
Hair Shaft Architecture
Daily hair combing frequently causes hair damage and loss and ideally should only be done on dry hair. Wet hair is more elastic than dry hair, and with vigorous combing of moist ﬁbers it can stretch and fracture the shaft. The ideal comb should be made of a ﬂexible plastic and possess smooth, rounded, coarse teeth to easily slip through the hair. Extensive hair brushing should also be avoided on wet hair. A good brush should have smooth, ball-tipped, coarse, bendable bristles. When brushing hair, do not tear the hair, but gently glide through it. Use vented brushes to prevent increased heat along the brush when you blow dry your hair to prevent damage. Brush and manipulate your hair as little as possible to minimize breakage.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - Volume 3, Issue 1
Beauty Link - Volume 3, Issue 1
Message from the AACS President & CEA Chair
Workings of Washington
Meet Your New President
Beauty Changes Lives
Striving for Balance: Feng Shui’s Influence on the Salon and Customer
AACS Listserve Q & A
Beautifully Gray: The Dos and Don’ts of Aging Hair
Fair and Accurate: Tips for Improving Accuracy in News Stories
Voices from the Classroom
10 Steps to a More Fulfilling Life After 40
Damaged: The Top 12 Explanations for Damaged Hair
Beauty Schools 101
Creative Solutions: Seven Ideas to Help Leverage Perspectives
Upcoming 2011 Events
People & Places
New Products & Services
New School Members
Associate Member Profiles
Index to Advertisers
Beauty Link - Volume 3, Issue 1