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A common question that we are asked many times a week is, “Can constant hair straightening cause baldness?”

The desire to have hair like Jennifer Anniston’s is influencing many young women to spend a lot of time and money on constantly straightening their hair. But, as time goes on, they eventually worry about the effects on their hair down the road.

To put your mind at rest, straightening your hair does not directly cause hair loss because the application of hair straighteners only affects the dead part of your hair –all the visible hair that you see is dead hair. The only part of your hair that is alive and growing is in the scalp and under the skin’s surface.

True, straightening can damage your hair, resulting in it looking dry and lack luster, but you cannot cause irreversible hair loss. What can result, though, is the opposite of what is desired.  Constant straightening can make hair frizzier and curlier setting up a “straightener addiction cycle”which may result in hair appearing thin and dull.

Straightening your hair over a long period of time makes your hair dry and brittle because it sucks all the natural oils and moisture out of your hair. For instance, if you have a history of having straightened your hair every day for the past 2 years, without using heat protective spray and nourishing treatment with moisture repair shampoo and conditioner, the chances are great that you will see your hair beginning to thin.

Bottom line, if you are going to continue straightening your hair, you must take extra good care of it or you’ll soon be one of those seeking hair loss treatments for women.

If you have reached the point where you need to rebuild your hair’s natural thickness, and you don’t want to go bald, call Hairline Clinic at 800.322.1237.  We’ll see that you have that beautiful, thick head of hair again.