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Some styles that put tension on the hairs – tight ponytails, plaits or corn-rows – can cause hair loss.

Vigorous brushing is more likely to damage the hair and make the problem worse.

Only the root of the hair is alive and this gets its oxygen from the blood in the scalp. Wigs and hairpieces will damage hair only if they are too tight.

‘Blow-drying and heated brushes can worsen hair loss’. The reason is that extreme heat damages the proteins in the hairs, making them fragile and liable to break off. Brushing the hair during blow-drying causes more damage. Careless use of heated brushes can even burn the scalp, so that the hair follicles are permanently damaged in that area.

Protein-containing conditioners only temporarily fill in defects on the surface of the hair shaft, making it smoother and thicker.

Hair dyes, perms and hairsprays do not affect thinning hair. Perms and hairsprays can help to disguise the problem.

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