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Hairstyling without Damage

Editor’s note: Many of us stress about which hair products are healthiest, and which can help us look our best. However, it’s just as important that hair be styled safely. Here, from the American Academy of Dermatology, are tips to help style your hair without causin it to become lackluster – or even fall out.

*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. That classic tip – brush your hair 100 strokes each day – can actually cause split ends.

*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. Decreasing the number of times per week that you blow dry also helps limit damage.

*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. No matter your hair type, excessive heat can damage your hair.

*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.

Material courtesy of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Founded in 1938, it is the largest, most influential and representative dermatology group in the United States. With a membership of more than 19,000, it represents virtually all practicing dermatologists in the United States, as well as a growing number of international dermatologists. For more information, visit


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