28 Oct 2013

Bad hair days…

Keeping up with the latest fashion is not exactly easy. Trends change more often than the weather, and haute couture isn’t exactly cheap. But the burdens of high fashion doesn’t fall only on your wallet (or bank account… plenty of items cost more than what can conveniently be carried around in cash) but can also be detrimental to your health.

There are plenty of examples of how trendy can equal torture, and we’ll take a look at some of the more common ones in later posts. But why don’t we start from the very top: our hair.

When we’re talking about how hair and health dangers, we obviously look at hair products. Now, the use of hair products is generally considered safe for most people, but some can cause serious damage. Products containing alcohol, for example, can cause hair shafts to dry out, become fragile, and thus break easily. Same thing with styling products that stiffen your hair to hold them up: hair breakage becomes all too easy when you’re trying to comb your hair later on.

And then there’s also the issue with allergies and such…

On another note, some of the more neat and professional looking hairstyles tend to pull back your hair a bit too tightly, which hurts your scalp and can cause hair loss. This problem has become so common that it has been given a specific name—Traction Alopecia—and dermatologists can identify it from the distinctive pattern of hair loss. While such hair loss can be treated in the short term, continued use of such damaging hair styles can lead to permanent hair loss and scarring.

Bottom line is: be gentle to your hair. If a style doesn’t feel comfortable, don’t insist on continuing to use it. The price might be more than what you’re willing to pay…

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