How to keep your hair healthy and stylish

Styling your hair can leave it damaged

NEW YORK (CNN) – 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.

Dr. Corinne Erickson, a dermatologist, said, “Heat is probably the single most damaging thing we’re overexposing our hair to.”

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 its 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.” 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.  Dr. Erickson said, “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 it’s 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,” said Dr. Erickson.

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

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