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The Worst Hairstyles for Long-Term Hair Health

The Worst Hairstyles for Long-Term Hair Health

Health is essential for a long and healthy life. Good health affects not only how you feel but also how you look.

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably experienced changes to your hair’s health — like thinning, shedding, and/or a receding hairline. While hair growth may change as you age, you can lose hair faster from wearing certain hairstyles. 

Hair Doc, located in Cow Hollow, San Francisco, explains hairstyles that can affect hair health and cause faster hair loss. We also provide the most effective ways to improve hairline, such as medication and hair transplants.

Why hair loss happens

Half of men experience hair loss by the age of 50. Androgenic alopecia, also called male pattern baldness, is the most common type of hair loss in men. This type of hair loss is genetic and generally linked to sex hormones in the body.

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is an androgen, a group of sex hormones, that is linked to “male” sex characteristics, such as body hair. DHT causes hair loss by shrinking the hair follicles around your hairline and the top of your scalp. 

Your hair generally grows in four cycles:

  1. Anagen, the growth cycle
  2. Catagen, regression cycle
  3. Telogen, rest phase
  4. Exogen, shedding

When DHT causes the hair follicles to shrink, it shortens the anagen phase and prevents your hair from growing properly before it stops it from growing altogether. 

The worst hairstyles for hair health

Not only is hair loss linked to genetics, but it can also be caused by certain types of hairstyles.

Traction alopecia occurs when you experience hair loss from hairstyles that place too much pressure or tension on your hair. While some hair regrowth can occur after traction alopecia if the hairstyle is stopped, other causes are permanent. 

Here are some of the following hairstyles that may cause traction alopecia:

Braids or cornrows

Braids or cornrows place tight tension on your hair, damaging hair follicles and preventing it from growing back. These hairstyles can damage the hairline and cause inflammation on the scalp. Try switching up hairstyles every other month to give your hair some time to breathe. 

If you must wear breads or cornrows, make sure they are loose so you prevent damage to your hair.

Tight ponytails 

You may experience hair loss if you wear your hair in a tight ponytail often. This is caused by the constant pulling on your hair that makes strands break and eventually fall out. 

Your hair needs rest from a tightly pulled hairstyle. The best hairstyle for your hair is the one that is the easiest to style — just wear it down while using minimal heat and products.


Men and women can both experience hair loss from the same hairstyles. “Ballerina baldness” describes the hair loss experienced by many dancers who are required to wear their hair in buns. They may experience thinning or receding at the temples from wearing their hair in this style.

The bottom line

No matter its cause, hair loss can affect your self-esteem. If your hair loss affects your well-being, know we’re here to help. 

We provide a variety of hair loss remedies, including medications like Propecia® or Rogaine. For more excessive hair loss, we provide hair transplant — a surgery that takes hair from the back or sides of your head and places it in areas where you’ve experienced hair loss to provide healthy new growth. All our treatments provide natural, sustainable results without anyone knowing you had treatment.

No one should have to battle hair loss alone. Call 415-907-7354 or book online to find a treatment that works for you.

Disclaimer: Photos used in this article are models and may or may not have had treatment.

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