Headbands have been girl’s best friend on every bad hair day since they came en vogue. However, could it be that the very thing that’s saving your hairstyle one day is dooming it the next?
Well, studies have shown that the excessive wearing of headbands can actually lead to hair loss in the form of traction alopecia.
But, just how can this happen, and how likely is it?
How Do Headbands Cause Hair Loss?
Traction alopecia is a form of hair loss that is caused by repeated stress being put on the hair follicle, and is most likely to occur around the hairline because that is where we have the most delicate hairs, and also where we do the majority of our styling.
Naturally, if we wear headbands on a regular basis, the risk of developing something like traction alopecia is a lot higher. Putting so much stress on the same hair follicles by pulling them back tightly with headbands could cause untold lasting damage.
But, it’s not just headbands that can put the future of your hair in jeopardy.
What Else Can Cause Hair Loss?
Headbands are the thing that is most fabled to cause hair loss down the line, but there are actually a range of styling techniques and updos that we do on a daily basis that could lead to traction alopecia later on in life.
Anything from using hair straighteners, wearing tight braids, or putting your hair up in ponytails regularly can also lead to hair loss in the future. In fact, any form of repetitive strain that you put on your hair follicles can put you at risk for developing traction alopecia.
That doesn’t mean you can never put your hair in your favourite do, though, it’s just an indication of what puts your hair at risk.
How To Care For Your Hair
Before you even notice any hair loss, you may notice changes in the strength, length, texture, and thickness in your hair which could all be indicators of developing traction alopecia.
However, as soon as you notice these signs, especially if you know that you are wont to wear your hair in tight updos, there are things you can do to better care for your hair. For instance, if you make sure to take your hair down from time to time, and perhaps cleanse your scalp with nourishing treatments to rejuvenate your follicles.
To prevent permanent damage to your hair, try and mix up your styling methods from time to time: wear your hair down, alternate between ponytails and braids, and don’t keep that headband on for too long! The less repetitive you are with your styles, the less pressure that will be put on the same follicles.