If your hair is thinning, there are certain hairstyles you should avoid. Thinning hair is caused by a different range of factors, but wearing your hair in the styles listed below will only make matters worse.
Tight ponytails, chignons
Tight ponytails exert a pulling pressure on the hair around the hairline. This pulling pressure causes the hair follicles to become inflamed if the pressure is applied repeatedly. If hair is constantly worn in a tight ponytail, the follicles at the hairline and crown weaken and make it easier for the hair to fall out. If you must wear your hair in a ponytail, make sure it's not tight.
Hair extensions, especially weaves
Hair extensions are attached in a variety of ways to the scalp. Methods of attaching extensions range from gluing, sewing, clipping, using elastic bands and threads. While they may hide the fact that your hair is thinning, the effect only lasts for as long as you're wearing them. The temptation to wear extensions is understandable. It is worth bearing in mind that the extension adds pressure on hair follicles wherever and however they are attached. The pressure is caused by the weight of the extra hair and often results in further hair loss. Extensions should generally be avoided and when worn, should only be used for short periods of time. Wearing them frequently can lead to traction alopecia.
People with thinning hair often resort to wearing wigs. While this might not be a bad idea in its entirety, wigs should only be worn for a few hours at a time. Constantly wearing a wig can lead to scalp irritations. Especially if you are allergic to the synthetic hairs of the wig, or any of the materials the wig cap is made of. Certain types of wigs can be worn for weeks at a time! These are usually lace wigs and toupees. Whilst these are designed to allow the scalp to breathe, the hair underneath the wig and scalp cannot be washed while the wig is on. An unwashed scalp is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria which can result in conditions such as dandruff. A dirty scalp can also be an itchy scalp and constant scratching can result in an inflamed scalp. All in all the conditions listed above are bad news for thinning hair because of their effect on the scalp. Healthy strong hair requires a healthy scalp to grow out of. The only "live" part of each strand of hair is located in the scalp and that's where it obtains nutrients from.
Cornrows and braids
These two hairstyles often lead to inflamed hair follicles because of the immense amount of pressure they place on the follicles all over the head. The hair is braided or woven tightly and this involves pulling the hair. This constant pulling can either pull the hair entirely out of it's follicle or as mentioned before lead to inflamed follicles. Inflamed or unhealthy hair follicles cannot sustain the hairs that are growing out of them. Like ponytails, repeatedly wearing braids or cornrows can result in patches of hair loss making the hair appear even thinner.
All the hairstyles listed above are contributors to scalp stress and cause damage to hair follicles. This damage is only caused when the hairstyles are worn repeatedly over a period of time. When worn occasionally, they are relatively safe hairstyles. Cornrows and braids which are usually very tight should be avoided altogether if your hair is thinning. Using appropriate products can stimulate the hair growth process leading to thicker healthier hair. A combination of shampoos, topical treatments and appropriate nutrition can reverse hair thinning.