7 Hair Treatments That Can Damage Your Hair ...

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In the pursuit of beautiful locks, you may consider treatments that can damage your hair. Many women opt for popular treatments, thinking that the stylist knows what they're doing or it's worth the risk. But your hair could end up in a far worse condition. Here are some treatments that can damage your hair …

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Keratin

One of the treatments that can damage your hair has become very popular in recent years. Salons tout the Brazilian straightening treatment or keratin straightening as a miraculous way of getting straight hair that lasts for ages. However, it can contain harmful formaldehyde or methylene glycol. These treatments also subject the hair to high temperatures.

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Extensions

Sure, extensions sound like the perfect way to get long hair fast, especially if yours doesn't seem to grow very much. But those lovely long locks can also be damaging. The problem is that they pull on your own hair; at worst it could actually cause patchy hair loss.

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Bleaching

Bold, bright colors can look awesome if you've got the personality to carry it off. But these colors will only be really strong if you bleach your hair first. And the problem with bleaching is that it weakens the hair and makes it more vulnerable to damage and breaking. If you really want to dye your hair a strong color, it's best to keep your hair fairly short so that damaged hair won't take so long to grow out.

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Perms or Chemical Straightening

Are women ever satisfied? If we have curly hair, we want it straight. If we have straight locks, we long for curls. Chemicals can give us the hair we wish we had, but at a price. Whether you use chemicals to straighten your hair or curl it, it's the same thing - you're using chemicals, and that is going to damage your hair.

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Heat Treatments

Do you depend on your straighteners to tame your errant curls every day? Unfortunately, frequent use of straighteners may give you lovely smooth locks in the short term, but they'll suffer in the long term. The same is true of frequent blow drying. There are newer hairdryers on the market that claim to be kinder to your hair, such as ionic or ceramic dryers.

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Weaves

Weaves have become popular among African American women as a way of getting long, straight hair. However, like extensions they can cause hair loss - and you can't be sure it will grow back. What's more, black hair is the type most vulnerable to damage, so subjecting it to a treatment that pulls at it can be risky.

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Styles

Even the simple ponytail or braid can cause damage to your hair. What could you be doing wrong? Don't braid your hair when it's wet, or pull it very tight. Tight styles put stress on the hair just as extensions do, and if you wear a ponytail every day you could be causing repeated stress. Vary your style, and always use a soft band to tie your hair. And also use a good quality hairbrush.

If you are considering one of these treatments, do plenty of research into them. In the hands of a skilled practitioner you could be fine, but always be fully informed and don't go for cut-price treatments - it could cost you more in the long run. What is your worst hair disaster?

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I agree with Liyah G... I wear weave as well as a protective style and my hair has grown from this method. More research should have been done. And as long as hair is properly managed you can wear any kind of hair style chemical treated hair or whatever you choose. Just be cautious and care for your hair girls.

Yea you're obviously not black when speaking of weaves but as Stacy explained, weave can keep our hair from being damaged from heat because it is braided up as long as you take care of it while you have your weave in and also weave isn't only popular among african American women. Women of other races also wear weave, especially celebrities.

you're dead wrong about weaves! shows what really you know.

I don't agree with some of these, weaves actually protect "black hair" from being damage from heat and breakage. I've been wearing weave for years to protect my real hair and now my real hair is just as long as the weave I wear.

Actually weave helps our hair grow. There are different types and sew-ins help our hair grow because it's braided up and nothing is being done to it.

usually I don't get offended by articles on here easily. But I found your statements about weaves very ignorant. First of all, it's a stereotype that only black women wear weaves. Many different races wear weaves. Secondly, I've been wearing weaves for the past 7 years and it's helped my real hair grow, protects it from heat, and the damage from when I used to wear perms is gone. You should look up the term protective style. And lastly, black hair? You make it sound like we all have the same type of hair. Just like how black people come in all shades and colors, we all have different hair textures too. For example? I have thick, kinky hair, while my sister'a hair is long, curly, and shiny. So much so, it often gets mistaken for a weave. So while I know you meant well, I really think you should do more research next time to prevent from sounding ignorant.

I was gonna say something about the weaves too but I see it's already been taking care of

I have no intention to offend anyone. But bear in mind that I am not from the US and it is virtually impossible to know what terminology you can use that will offend nobody. Are you saying that 'black' is now unacceptable?

WEAK. I wear weaves all the time. Hair can still grow lovely if taken are of and installed correctly.

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