From sleeping in an easy-to-wear messy bun to resorting to a slick, high ponytail for work, these commonly used hairstyles may be causing more damage to your hair and scalp than you might think. Continue reading to find out how your hairstyles may be stunting your hair growth journey!
We get it, pulling your hair back is easy and convenient. But is it worth it to be wearing tight hairstyles often? The answer is no. These commonly used styles can cause several issues to the hair and scalp, so let's dive into them below.
1. Traction alopecia
Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss that occurs when the hair is pulled too tightly for a prolonged period of time, causing damage to the hair follicles. This type of hair loss is most common around the hairline and on the crown of the head, where the hair is pulled back the tightest.
Tight hairstyles cause breakage of the hair shaft, which can make the hair look frizzy, thin, and damaged. When the hair is pulled tightly, this causes split ends to occur higher up the hair shaft, causing unnecessary damage.
3. Scalp damage
Thought it was just the hair? Think again! Tight hairstyles also cause damage to the scalp, including scalp irritation, inflammation, and even infection. When the hair is pulled too tightly, it can also cause the hair follicles to become inflamed, which can lead to itching, flaking, and other scalp problems.
4. Restricted blood flow
Tight hairstyles can additonally restrict blood flow to the hair follicles. When blood flow is restricted from the hair follicles, it can cause the hair to become weaker and more prone to damage. This is because blood carries essential nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicles, which are necessary for the growth and maintenance of healthy hair.
We understand it isn't possible to never wear tight hair styles, but our advice is to avoid them where you can, and only wear them when necessary. Instead we recommend to opt for looser hairstyles such as braids, low ponytails, and many claw clip styles! Trust us, your hair and scalp will thank you.