How Your Hairstyle Choice Can Affect Your Hair


The way someone decides to style their hair is a reflection of their personality, willingness to take risks and exemplifies a part of their own particular uniqueness. There are so many styles from which to chooseand when you consult with your Ottawa hair stylist they will be able to make the process of choosing the right style that much easier.

Besides deciding on a style that will compliment your facial structure and overall style, it’s also important to consider how the hairstyle may affect your hair overall. A recent study has found “a strong association between certain scalp-pulling styles and the development of gradual hair loss. Around one-third of African-American women suffer from traction alopecia, gradual hair loss caused by damage to the hair follicle from prolonged or repeated tension on the hair root, making it the most common form of hair loss among that group, researchers said. Researchers categorized hair practices into low, moderate and high risk styles based on the degree to which follicles are exposed to tension, weight, heat and hair-altering chemicals, such as straighteners.Moderate-risk styles include some of the same styles noted to be high risk, but because they are performed on natural, unprocessed hair, they are less likely to result in hair loss, researchers said. Low-risk styles generally included low-tension styles, such as loose buns, and loose-hanging styles, such as wearing the hair down, as well as practices that decrease the amount of friction on the hair and scalp and avoid chemical relaxers, they said. The highest-risk styles include braids, dreadlocks, weaves and extensions, especially when applied to chemically straightened hair, researchers said.”

Now, this isn’t to say that all hairstyles can’t be worn in the hair at some point, but knowing which ones cause the most potential stress on the hair will help determine how long you maintain the particular style for. The best course of action is to talk with your hair stylist at your Ottawa hair salon as they will be able to answer all questions and concerns related to your hair and they will be able to ensure that your hair stays it’s healthiest regardless of the style you choose.