Harmful hairstyles and the aftermath


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Harmful hairstyles and the aftermath

Rihana, Lady Ga Ga, Madonna, Nicki Minaj and Gwen Stefani have wacky yet amazing hairdos.

Then we have hairstyles that have created hair revolutions; from Jennifer Aniston's long and poker straight layers, to Rihana's ever-changing bobs and pixie styles. Celebrities have always inspired our sense of style, but they have the best products and the best hair care consultants to attend to their tresses. Unlike them, we fall prey to popular styles without thinking of the impact on our hair. Hence to avoid the basic mistakes, we take a look at what will make your hair stand out without needing damage-control.

- What do Korn, Bob Marley and Lenny Kravitz have in common? All of them believe in the power of statements through hair; in other words - dreadlocks, a hairdo that was and still is synonymous with rebellion.

However, when it comes to hair care, there are three basic problems with dreadlocks: Tightness, Frizziness and Smell. Solution: get the right shampoo, perfect de-frizzers and moisturisers. Dreadlocks don't have to be messy, go for the routine root maintenance and opt for experienced hands to avoid dreads.

Corn Rows -
Sean Paul has it, rappers love it, and young girls love to flaunt the look, corn rows have always been popular with the youth and the designs are endless. The fall out is that corn rows are left on for several days; they are tight, strain your hair, and increase hair loss. Since your hair is tightly pulled back for a long period of time, your hairline shows signs of receding.

Curly hair is high in maintenance and needs to be handled gently. While it looks good, has that lovely bounce and sway, it may lead to issues if you've got your hair curled artificially. Curling your hair has its repercussions, when heat is applied; it boils the moisture in the hair, as a result it leads to breakage or spilt ends. Keratin plays an important part in hair building; curling only softens it damaging your hair. Hence, give your hair a break; avoid curling your hair regularly.

Straightening -
Jennifer Anniston was most loved for her hairstyle on Friends along with her charming personality and acting. Salons across the globe saw a rise in demand for straight layered hairstyles or simply Rachel's hair. Straightening has two options - ironing and permanent straightening. Ironing and curling has the same impact on the hair; the only solution is to look for a good moisturizer or lower the temperature of the iron.

Before you begin Permanent Straightening, you should know there are different methods of straightening - chemical relaxer, hair iron, hot comb, Japanese hair straightening; but the worst of the lot is the Brazilian hair straightening method. If you decide to go down this road you have to understand that Keratin products contain a chemical called formaldehyde, which has been linked to cancer and several allergic reactions.

Backcombing was a style that dominated the 60s and 70s, and its back with Snooki from Jersey Shores. The only thing that comes to mind when you think of backcombing is knots, knots and more knots. Besides you're brushing your hair in the opposite direction resulting in loss of luster and damage to the texture of your hair.

Hair extensions
- This is not a modern phenomena, the Greeks and the Egyptians loved to style their hair and hair attachments was one the fads back then. Skip to the present and it is still popular with celebrities. There are three ways to go about with it - Bonding, Braiding and Clipping. If you experience pain during the process, stop it right away and get a new stylist. Hair extensions add extra stress to the hair; they can lead to premature shedding and balding. Hair extension is a temporary method, but if the existing hair is not pressurised, then you are in safe hands.

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