When it comes to the latest trends in hairstyle and fashion, most people look up to celebrities for inspiration. From pixie bobs to super straight hair to crazy hair colour transformations, you have probably seen them all from famous celebrities! But before you are tempted to follow their footsteps, here is a reality check for you: not only are some of these hairstyles potentially damaging to your hair, they are also hard (and expensive) to maintain.
Dreadlocks and Cornrows
Both of these hairstyles are seen on famous celebrities, mostly male rappers and rock stars. Men and women alike tend to adapt this hairstyle because it signifies youth, a carefree attitude and a sense of rebellion. If you are looking to go for an edgy look by getting a dreadlock or cornrow, think again. These hairstyles are known to cause frizz, strain your hair and promote hair loss due to the fact that the strands are pulled tightly from the roots.
To minimize damage, invest in the right shampoo that will fortify the strength in your hair. Proper moisturising is also key to ensure that your hair can resist the strain of pulling without damaging the roots. When getting dreadlocks or cornrows done, it is best to leave it to the expert hands for quality results minus the damage.
Using hair extensions to create certain hairstyles is one of the less known causes of damage to hair. Lots of celebrities use hair extensions to add body and do creative hairstyles. However, using these accessories can cause added stress to hair that it is often cited as one of the contributors to hair shedding in women. There are several ways to put hair extensions (braiding, clipping, or bonding) so ask your stylist the safest and least damaging way to use them.
If you have naturally curly hair, then this one is not a cause for concern. But if you are artificially curling hair with the use of chemicals or curling iron, you need to be extra careful. The heat applied to hair can lead to loss of moisture that consequently leads to making each strand brittle and become prone to hair breakage. If possible, limit the number of times you curl your hair on a week and when you do so make sure to use a heat protection product. The same goes with curling hair at the salon – limit it to twice a year.
Jennifer Aniston’s character in the hit TV series Friends popularized the straight, layered hairstyle that girls were coveting during the 90’s. There are two options for those who wish to straighten their hair: 1) straightening iron, and 2) permanent straightening. Both of these options have harmful effects on your hair over time, which is why proper moisturising is crucial to restoring the health and luster of your hair. in addition, make sure to use the lowest possible heat setting when working with hot tools to straighten your hair.
Are you guilty of these harmful hairstyles?