Hair Styles Influence Hair Health

· December 17, 2014

Surprisingly, your hair style can actually affect your hair’s health, which is what you’ll find out about in this article.

Relation between hair style and hair health

Everyone knows that there are different types of hair: straight, wavy or curly.  But beyond that, your hair could be weak from dies, straightening irons, blow driers, or poor quality shampoo.  Women can use anything to make their hair look wonderful, without realizing that is slowly wears down hair fibers.  You could say that you make a sacrifice every day in order to look good.  However, the way in which you do your hair every day, and the tools or objects you use could be responsible for your hair looking weak, dull, or brittle.


Some dermatologists have offered a series of advice for taking care of hair everyday, so that it not only looks good, but also completely healthy:

  • While brushing your hair is important, do not brush your hair too many times a day (once or twice a day is fine) because this breaks the ends.  It breaks a lot less when it is dry.
  • Wrap your hair in a towel after washing it or let it air dry to prevent it from breaking.  Your hair is weaker when it’s wet, which is why you should wait to style it.  If you have wavy hair you need to do just the opposite, and take advantage of water in order to manipulate it to your liking.
  • Try to avoid using a hair drier or don’t use it to completely dry your hair.  Leave it a little moist and let it finish drying on its own.
  • In regards to the flat iron, use it on medium or low heat, and don’t use it everyday, but only when necessary (for example, to go to a party or to go out for the weekend).  If you use a curling iron don’t let it stay on your hair for longer than 2 seconds.  Remember that heat damages hair fibers.
  • You should also limit your use of hair sprays or long-term gels because these break or weaken hair over time.

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  • Avoid braids, extensions and pony tails all day.  Hair becomes stiff and turns dull and brittle.  It could even cause hair loss in the future.
  • Consult a dermatologist about your hair, not a stylist, at least in regards to scalp care.  For styles, go to the salon, but keep in mind the products that they use.

Relation between hair styles and personalities

Makeup, clothes, and hair styles reflect a lot about a woman. You may have changed your “look” several times in your life depending on your taste or situation at the time.  So that’s why some people say that in the face of an abrupt change in life, the first thing women do is they go to the hair salon to get a cut or dye.

There are also a lot of myths surrounding the subject of hair styles. Here are some of these generalizations: some say that women who decide to wear their hair down typically tend to be more passionate and romanticthat these women are classic, discreet, mature and serene; others say that if they wear their hair shoulder length or a bit longer, they are intelligent and friendly; and lastly, women who cut their hair short are generally risky and athletic, extroverted and have a lot of confidence in themselves.

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Slightly wavy hair, dried and brushed a little, looks friendly and approachable; if left completely straight, the personality looks more serious and distant.  If one leaves unkempt hair, or if they brush it with their fingers, these women have a more robust or jovial aspect, less vain.

Of course these are just stereotypes, but it is often said that women who have curly hair are ambitious but inconsistent.  Women with straight hair are more timid and sensitive.  Thick, voluminous hair lends an energetic personality, and these women are capable of making decisions.

Tips for hair care

Beyond whatever you use to look nice, from your cut or your style, it is true that you need to take care of it daily.  Actions that promote hair health are:

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  • Moisten your hair well before applying the shampoo.  Rinse with warm water and lastly, rinse with cold water.  This improves blood circulation to the scalp and stimulates strength and growth.
  • Gently brush your hair with a natural bristle brush with bristles that are moderately separated.  Do not brush when it is wet, nor use a lot of force, as this weakens the hair.
  • Help scalp circulation by performing exercises, like doing inversions (headstands for example)  for 3 minutes (or as long as you can without feeling uncomfortable).  You can also massage your scalp with a bit of olive oil.  Use gentle circular movements before washing your hair.
Photos courtesy of Mari Morri, Uwe Trottman, Henry Zo Rakotondramanana, Jackie Waters, Kathryn Decker, Kris Krug.