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. This would be hard to avoid. But you can avoid the loss of hair that is caused by mechanical means. Certain upstyles 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 corn rows, may be pretty, but they do pose heavy stress on the hair follicles in the scalp. Hair extensions are to be looked at with waryness as well. The hair suffers much stress and eventually signs will show that might be irreversible.
If you like upstyles or your hair pulled together in one place, make sure to not style it too tight or strict, to use accessories and elastics that have no abrasive edges and perhaps do not wear the same hairstyle every day to give your hair and your scalp a break.
In case you often pull on your hair with your fingers, perhaps out of nervosity, it can be a sign for a serious, underlying condition called Trichotillomania. People affected by this pull out the hair on their scalp, but can also attack their own eyebrows, lashes or any other body hair. Please talk to your doctor about it if you have any conscious or subconscious urges to do this.
Just remember: Anything that causes pinching or even pain when styled or worn, cannot be good for the health of your hair.
Dread those Locks - or do not follow any fashion trend that comes along!
Unless you have a religious reason to wear your hair in dreadlocks, please do yourself a favor and just don't do it. It has become trendy to let strands of hair turn into long slices 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 chose have a good rapport and understanding. If you feel that they do not put your interest 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 improving any stylist's ego, but to lift 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 structure of the hair or its health. If you keep that in mind, you will avoid the path of destruction.