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How Styling Can Damage Your Hair Damage

Most women blow dry and style their hair as part of their morning routine. But many of our styling habits can wreak havoc on our hair.
Most women blow dry and style their hair as part of their morning routine. But many of our styling habits can wreak havoc on our hair.

It's been said a woman's hair is her crowning glory.  But if you aren't careful, it could lose some of its luster.
"Heat is probably the single most damaging thing we're overexposing our hair to," explains Dr. Corinne Erickson, a dermatologist.

Whether from a blow dryer, curling iron or flat iron, heat leaves the hair looking dull and prone to split ends. That's because heat breaks down the cuticle, the protective outer layer of the hair that gives it it's shine.

So what should you do? Let your hair air dry. If you don't have time, set your hair dryer to cold.

"As the hair starts to dry progress up to warm," Erickson says.

And keep the dryer at least 6 inches away from the hair.   Also - when you get out of the shower, just wrap your hair in a towel.

Wet hair is incredibly fragile and just by vigorously towel drying the hair it stretches it beyond the breaking point.

Don't comb your hair when its wet - but if you must, use a fat tooth comb - but there are some exceptions.

"If you are an African American, It is better to comb and brush the hair while it is wet," Erickson says.

Other pieces of advice? Only use irons every other day and cut down on the hairspray.


(Holly Firfer for CNN's Health Minute)

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