10 Hair Care Habits That Can Damage Hair

Although the majority of cases of hair loss are caused by uncontrollable factors such as genetics, disease, or chemotherapy, there are a few common hair care habits that can contribute to or worsen hair damage and loss. So while you may not be able to prevent hair loss, you can improve the health of your hair by making a few changes to your hair care routine.

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The American Academy of Dermatology recently shared 10 damaging hair care habits. We’ll discuss them below.

Using Shampoo on the Full Length of Hair

To avoid drying out your hair, only massage shampoo into the scalp and let it cleanse the remainder of hair as it rinses out.

Skipping Conditioner

Conditioner protects hair from damage, so it’s important to use it after every shampoo.

Rubbing Hair Dry with a Towel

Instead, squeeze hair dry, wrap it in a towel, or let it air dry.

Brushing Wet Hair

Avoid breakage by detangling hair with a wide tooth comb instead of a brush. It’s also best to wait until hair is damp (instead of dripping wet) to detangle.

Using Hot Tools

It’s unrealistic to recommend removing hair dryers, flat irons and curling irons from your hair routine altogether. Instead, lower the heat and limit the amount of use as much as possible.

Using Styling Products That Offer Long-Lasting Hold

These products can make hair brittle and susceptible to breakage.

Pulling Hair Back in Tight Hairstyles

Wear hair down or pulled back loosely. Use only covered hair bands instead of rubber bands, which can pull and break hair.

Wearing a Weave

Choose a weave or extensions that are light, and get them professionally done. Make sure to maintain scalp hygiene, and switch hairstyles when possible.

Perming, Coloring or Relaxing Hair

Add more time between touchups, especially in the winter. Have only one service performed at a time. Be sure to protect treated hair from sun exposure with a hat or a special leave-in conditioner.

Excessive or Rough Brushing

Only brush hair when needed for styling, and avoid pulling and tugging on hair when your brush.

If you’re suffering from hair loss or excessive hair damage, DK International can help. With a variety of hairsystems, treatments and solutions, we can meet your specific needs and budget. Give our Minneapolis hair restoration experts a call to set up a free consultation.

Transition Your Hair from Winter to Spring

As winter comes to an end in Minnesota, we’re looking ahead to spring. And just like the change in seasons means a change in routine, wardrobe and lifestyle, it also necessitates a change in hair care. Read on for a few tips from Good Housekeeping on transitioning your hair care routine from winter to spring.

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Get a Trim

Even if you’ve taken extra care to keep your hair hydrated and protected from the dry winter air, you probably have a few split ends to deal with. Snip off the dead ends for extra body and to improve your hair’s overall health.

Switch Shampoo

If you used a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner during the winter, consider switching to a formula for normal hair for spring and summer. Hair with too much moisture can get frizzy and hard to manage.

Invest in a Serum

If your hair tends to get frizzy in the warmer months, look into an anti-frizz serum. Apply before blow-drying to help seal and smooth the hair cuticle, protecting it from damage and improving your final look. Don’t apply serums to the roots of the hair – doing so will weigh hair down and make it look greasy.

Lighten Up

There are more hours in the day now, so why not add a bit more sunniness to your hair? Ask your stylist for a few subtle highlights to match the spring weather.

Try Low-Maintenance Looks

In preparation for those inevitable spring rains, have some easy hairstyles at the ready. Consider a low ponytail or a loose top knot. Not only will these styles hold up in the rain, but they’ll save your hair from a day of heat and styling.

If winter has left your hair thin, brittle and falling out, DK International can help. Our experienced Minneapolis-St. Paul hair replacement professionals can help you find the product or hair solution for your specific issue and budget. Call our conveniently-located Bloomington hair restoration salon to schedule a consultation.

Is Female Pattern Hair Loss Responsible For Your Thinning Hair?

Have you noticed a widening in your hair part, or a thinning in your ponytail? Does your hair look or feel thinner, flatter or weaker? If so, you may be suffering from female pattern hair loss (often referred to as female pattern balding).

 

Female pattern hair loss, or FPHL, is the most common cause of hair loss in women, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. FHPL is hereditary, but hormones may also contribute. A dermatologist can assess and diagnose potential cases of female pattern hair loss.

 

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FHPL generally begins in mid-life, but for some women, it starts earlier. Because it is a progressive condition, women will continue to lose hair after the onset of FHPL. Unlike men, however, women don’t generally lose all of their hair, but notice increasing sparseness in the part or near the temples.

 

The good news is that treatment can reverse existing hair loss and prevent additional loss. So how is female pattern hair loss treated?

 

There are a few medications that can be prescribed for hair loss, but it can take some time – at least 12 months – to determine whether the medications are working and to see results. In the meantime or in lieu of those treatments, there are more holistic options, including supplements, fatty acids, a healthy diet, scalp treatments, hair loss shampoos and others. Treatment is the most effective when started at the first sign of hair loss, so if you suspect female pattern hair loss, get in touch with your doctor as soon as possible.

 

If you’re diagnosed with FPHL, give DK International a call. Our experienced hair loss stylists can discuss our many options for the treatment of female pattern hair loss, such as hair transplants, natural-looking hairpieces or wigs, Cyberhair rejuvenation, Micro Point Solutions or other hair systems. Schedule a free consultation at our discrete Minneapolis hair loss clinic to get started.

Instill Healthy Hair Habits in Your Child

As parents, it’s up to us to teach our kids how to take care of their bodies so that they can stay healthy and safe. Many parents probably don’t think of healthy hair habits as an important part of these lessons. But by teaching children how to properly wash and style their hair, you’ll be helping them to protect their hair from future damage, thinning and loss.

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The first step in this educational process is to teach children the proper way to shampoo, condition and comb their hair. To do that, walk your child through the following steps:

  1. Sufficiently wet hair and scalp with warm water. Make sure the hair is fully wet, and use warm – but not hot – water to avoid drying out the hair.
  2. Use a quarter-sized dollop of shampoo. Use a coin to show them the right amount.
  3. Massage shampoo gently into the scalp. Don’t shampoo the full length of hair – doing so could cause dryness and damage. Massaging too roughly could also cause breakage.
  4. Condition for your hair type. If your hair is thin, only use conditioner on the ends of hair to maintain volume.
  5. Rinse well with warm water. Again, avoid water that’s too hot.
  6. Pat hair dry with a clean towel. Don’t rub the hair so as to avoid breakage.
  7. Use a wide-tooth comb to gently comb tangles out of wet hair.

In addition, the American Academy of Dermatology offers additional tips on healthy hair habits that protect from damage.

  • Keep ponytails and braids loose.
  • Use only covered rubber bands to hold hair back.
  • Lower the heat on blow dryers, curling irons and flat irons.
  • Minimize heat and chemical styling.
  • Wash chlorine from hair after swimming.
  • Wear a hat in the sun to protect against a sunburned scalp and other damage.

At DK International, we offer a variety of hairsystems, treatments and solutions for a variety of hair loss and hair damage issues. If you’re suffering from hair loss, whether caused by caused by chemotherapy, pattern baldness, alopecia, or another cause, we can help. Give our Twin Cities hair restoration experts a call to set up a free consultation.

Winter Hair Care Tips and Tricks

Winter is well underway in Minnesota! The cold, dry winter air, combined with snow and wind, can wreak havoc on even the strongest hair. For those who are dealing with hair loss or thinning hair caused by cancer and chemotherapy, male or female pattern hair loss, alopecia, or any other ailment or disease, winter can be especially rough.

 

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No matter your hair type or thickness, there are a few things you can do to protect your hair during these cold winter months.

 

Keep It Covered

Protect your hair from the elements with a warm winter hat. If you have thin or thinning hair, you may want to try a silk scarf or a similar head covering instead. That will offer protection without adding static, flattening or further damaging fragile hair.

Wash Hair Less Often

Shampoo and hot water can strip hair of its natural moisture, so try to go a day or two in between washings. When you do wash, try to take a short shower with lukewarm water, and dry your hair completely before venturing outside. When the dry air hits wet hair, it can cause dryness and damage.

Condition, Condition, Condition

When you wash your hair, don’t rinse all of the conditioner out – a small amount left in the hair will provide protection without weighting your hair down. Use a deep conditioning treatment once per week to replenish the moisture in your hair.

Use a Humidifier

Combat that dry indoor air by running a cool mist humidifier near your bed when you sleep. This will add moisture to your hair and skin, and can help you stay healthy as well.

Trim Regularly

It’s especially important to get regular trims during the winter months. This will help prevent the dry, split ends that are often responsible for static, frizz and damage.

 

If you’re dealing with thin, brittle hair that is exacerbated by the cold winter weather, DK International can help. Contact our experienced Minneapolis hair replacement professionals to schedule a consultation at our discrete and comfortable Bloomington hair restoration salon.