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BEAUTY Wrong styles and bad handling can cause severe damage to your hair. Here are some simple tips

Anew study has found that the way you style your hair, along with the styling tools you use, can cause significant hair damage. This damage can cause your hair to look brittle, frizzy and lack lustre or even fall out. The good news is that you can prevent damage by following tips from dermatologists.

“Hair myths, such as brushing your hair one hundred strokes each day, can cause split ends,” dermatologist Paradi Mirmirani, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, said. To prevent hair damage and hair loss, Dr. Mirmirani recommends people follow these simple tips: Dry your hair by wrapping it in a towel after a shower or bath. Another alternative is letting your hair air-dry. Most people should handle wet hair as little as possible as wet hair breaks more easily when combed or brushed. However, people with tightly curled or textured hair should brush their hair when wet to decrease the chances of hair breakage. Keep brushing to minimum. Reduce the use of ‘long-lasting hold’ styling products. Using a comb to style your hair after you apply the product can cause the hair to break and can lead to hair loss over time.

Allow your hair to partially air-dry before you style or comb. Flat irons should be used on dry hair on a low or medium heat setting, no more often than every other day. If you use a curling iron, only leave it in place for a second or two. Do not continuously wear braids, cornrows, ponytails and hair extensions. These styles pull on the hair and can cause tension that leads to breakage. If the tension continues, permanent hair loss can develop.





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