Hair loss from Hair Accessories

Hair accessories are a billion dollar industry. Accessories are meant to enhance the hair design, add flair, sparkle, bling, and theatrical drama. In addition, accessorries conceal fine, limp, sparse, damaged or broken hair strands. Put simply, conceals social embarrassment of alopecia issues. The image factor is powerful in society. Consumers and licensed Professionals need to be informed about the importance of   proper usage. These enhancements may damage your hair and contribute to alopecia and cicatricial alopecia (scalp damage) when used improperly.

  1. Bobby Pins & Hair Pins should have rubber tips on the ends. If you have been reusing your hairpins and the protective coating is no longer visible, it is time to throw them away. Check the closures to make sure they offer the right amount of tension. Furthermore, some consumers may develop an allergic reaction to the nylon coating on bobby pins and should discontinue usage.   Do not use hair pins or bobby pins if the protective coating at the tips have come off. If you continue them, you may cause scalp damage.
  2. Hair Clips should be used with caution. Adjust tension on the hair if it pulls the hair. There are so many options available on the market, such as snap open, clips with closures on the end, various colors & shapes, etc.
  3. Barrettes are used on daily basis on children’s hair. Parents/Grandparents should always adjust the tension, to ensure it is not too tight. If your hair is wet or dry, your can contribute to hair breakage when using hair barrettes incorrectly. Something I see parents do…when their child is 0-2 years old…for fine, sparse hair textures, they will pull the hair too tight they attach 5-20 hair barrette(s) to let everyone know she is a girl! Stop it! Another option is a stretch headband. Give your child’s hair time to growJ
  4. Banana Clips when used, always use caution. The Metal springs can ruin your hair when used incorrectly. Hair breakage and thinning is commly visible.
  5. Rubber Bands should not be used on the hair. Plain rubber bands can be very damaging to the hair!!! Hair breakage is a common result when using plain rubber bands for ponytails with excessive tension. ALWAYS, choose covered ponytail holders or cloth ponytail bands to keep hair in place. Parents, this is a must for your child’s/grandchild’s haircare.
  6. Head Bands are popular, however, avoid wearing hair bands on a daily basis. There are several options on the market, stretch, non-flexible, etc. Parents, you really need to pay closer attention to the one size fits all. Your child may have a larger head (no offense) and the chosen headband may be too small for your child’s head size. Most commonly, if you or your child’s hair is dry, damaged, or chemically over-processed. You may be contributing to limited hair restoration.

Lastly, if you feel any scalp pain after inserting a bobby pin or hair pin, remove or reposition it. This recommendation also applies for your hairstylist, who may use a hair pin or bobby pin for your style…tell them it is too tight! The hairstylist cannot feel your pain or read your mind.

           In conclusion, most female consumers/children love the options available in hair accessories. Parents also love to see their baby girl’s hair enhanced with ribbons, elastic balls, jewels, headbands, flowers, bows, etc., but do not go overboard!!! Yes image is important. In reality, there are also dangers of damaging your hair or your child’s hair if accessories are used frequently and improperly. Bottom line, stop putting so much emphasis on what is ON your child’s hair and focus on the importance of what is IN their head.

Please direct all questions and inquiries to Dr. Linda Amerson


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