How to Destroy Your Hair (2)

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Don't Pull on It
Hair loss can be caused by genetics, illness, or medication, which would be hard to avoid. However, you can avoid the loss of hair that is caused by mechanical means. Certain updos or ponytails, for example, can pull on the hair, over time pulling it out with their weight and that can even lead to bald spots or a higher forehead than usual. You can see the effect on women who always wear their hair in very tight buns or ponytails.
Certain braiding techniques, especially cornrows, may be pretty, but they do pose heavy stress on the hair follicles in the scalp. Hair extensions should be viewed with caution as well. The hair endures a lot of strain and eventually signs will appear that may be irreversible.
If you like updos or your hair pulled together in one place, make sure not to style it too tightly or strictly. Use accessories and elastics that have no abrasive edges and maybe don't wear the same hairstyle every day to give your hair and your scalp a break.
If you often pull on your hair with your fingers, perhaps out of nervousness, it can be a sign of a serious, underlying condition called Trichotillomania. People affected by this pull out the hair on their scalp, but can also attack their own eyebrows, eyelashes, or any other body hair.Please talk to your doctor about it if you have any conscious or unconscious urges to do this.
Just remember: Anything that causes pinching or even pain when styled or worn, is not good for the health of your hair.
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Dread those Locks
Unless you have a religious reason to wear your hair in dreadlocks, please do yourself a favor and just don't. It has become trendy to let strands of hair turn into long layers of a felt-like texture, but it is a trend that, once it is over, only leads to scissors and a cute pixie cut. Once the hair is matted like this, a point of no return is reached.
Take Charge
Always make sure that you and the hairdresser you choose have a good rapport and understanding. If you feel that they are not putting your interests first, then switch. Communicate your needs and wants without being shy and don't get intimidated. It is your hair. You pay for the service, and it is not about boosting any stylist's ego, but to boost yours. At home, make sure to follow a regular routine of conditioning your hair and always be gentle with it.
Before you decide on a new look, ask yourself what is more important - the color and texture of the hair or its health. If you keep that in mind, you will avoid the path of destruction.