Chemical treatments, use of heat appliances and vigorous styling can actually affect the hair root and damage your hair, causing hair loss which would not have occurred otherwise.
Many women who ”blow out” their hair by styling it and straightening it use a brush and a blow dryer that they put directly on the hair. They think exposing hair to high heat is the best method for straightening it. But direct heat on hair can actually burn it over time. Avoid using a blow dryer at all costs. If you do, then don’t let it touch the hair directly. It’s important to know that hair will break. That when you use a curling iron, for example, and expose your hair to high heat after a chemical treatment, your hair will break.
Flat irons also overheat the hair, and the chemicals used in hair processing will also burn hair or scalp. Andrew Alexis, MD, who directs the Skin of Color Center at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York, says: “I often see chemical relaxers left on too long — to the point of burning or irritating the scalp.”
Your blow dryer, flat iron, pressing combs, and curling iron can make your hair look great. Your chemical treatments may beautify your hair. But the stylings using these products are temporary. And what you may not know is that heat products can damage your hair, sometimes irrevocably, sometimes to the point of not being able to be repaired. Remember that too much heat on hair can damage it. At high heat rates your hair can and will burn.
Ask yourself this: is getting beautiful hair using heating tools worth it since you’re only doing it, say, every couple of days, and that it’s a temporary matter? For me, the answer is a resounding no because in the long run, the way you’ve treated your hair badly will catch up to you. The moisture content in your hair works to keep your strands elastic and nourished. When you over-apply heat to your hair, you are stripping it of its moisture, which may lead to lifeless, dull hair, as well as hair fall. You won’t see it immediately, and when this happens you may go back to your heating regiments. You don’t know that there is a delaying effect, so that you may not see how you’ve damaged your hair only after a few months have passed.
Remember, again, to always to be gentle with your hair. However many times you do it, the rough treatment of your hair will inevitably come back to haunt you, and your hair may break or get pulled out.
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