In a world where ever-evolving standards of beauty push us to color, straighten, curl, perm, and generally beat our hair into submission every day, it is no wonder that damage and breakage are such common issues. Fortunately, in the vast majority of cases, you can eventually grow the damaged hair out as long as the follicle itself has been preserved. The most common causes of damage are below.
Damaged hair can still grow eventually, but routine damage can result in negative consequences for your hair.
If you are consistently dying, bleaching, or perming your hair, then you are likely to see chemical damage. Over-processing damage typically appears in the form of extraordinarily frizzy, dry, and brittle hair. In extreme cases, an individual may lose chunks of hair near the root. To prevent this, keep your sessions 8-10 weeks apart.
Daily Hot Styling
Although it is common for both men and women to have a standard “look,” using the same tools and styles every day are more likely to cause harm.
Experts suggest giving your hair a break at least one day out of the week. That means skipping the blow drying, the straightener, the curling iron, and even your signature ponytail to ensure your hair gets at least one day to recover. When you do use hot tools, remember to use a heat protectant and make sure there is ½ an inch between your blow-dryer’s nozzle and your delicate strands.
What you eat affects all of your bodily functions, including the health of any new hair growth. If you want to keep growing thick, shiny locks, then make sure you’re staying hydrated, limiting your exposure to alcohol/smoking, and making sure you’re getting your daily vitamins.
Inappropriate Shampooing Habits
How often you shampoo your hair largely depends on your hair texture and thickness. Some people need to wash their hair every other day, while others can go for a couple of weeks without washing. You can experiment a little to find the right balance of moisture and hygiene. But generally speaking, unless you have highly textured and natural hair, then you should wash your hair 2-3 times per week. Washing too frequently or too infrequently can both result in damage.
As with diet, stress affects every major system. If you’re experiencing moderate stress, you will have difficulty growing healthy, shiny hair. You may also notice increased shedding. However, severe stress can lead to telogen effluvium, which is a temporary condition capable of causing radical hair loss.
If you ever brush your hair while it is wet, just don’t. As with aggressive towel-drying, brushing wet hair causes strain when your hair is most vulnerable. Even while dry, only brush your hair while styling to minimize breakage.
Dealing with Aggravated Hair Loss
If your hair is damaged to the extent that you are experiencing noticeable hair loss, then hair transplants can help to address the area where your follicles are damaged beyond self-repair. At Hair Specialists Houston, Dr. Linville offers both Follicular Unit Transplantation and Follicular Unit Extraction surgery in order to best address your needs.
The Power of Hair Transplant Surgery
Eventually, successful hair transplant surgery will allow you to grow your own hair from the treated area. Still, there is a specific period of care that needs to be followed religiously during the first year after surgery.
During the first two weeks, make sure that you treat the area gently, avoiding any direct pressure or pulling on the scalp.
Additionally, you will want to avoid activities and medications that increase blood flow, so exercise and sports should be avoided during this period. Follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding wound care and take all necessary medications. To avoid complications, make sure your surgeon is aware of any other medications you may be taking.
A Month Later
After about a month, you can begin to use products, and you may even be ready to color treat your hair. The time-lapse will depend on how well the transplants have taken according to your surgeon. However, you should try to treat the area gently.
Typically, after a year, you can return to cutting and treating your hair as normal. Just make sure you avoid causing further damage. While your damaged hair might not grow too well, you can always rejuvenate your hair.