Saturday 18 November 2017

New study reveals how the ‘Croydon facelift’ damages scalp and hair

The scraped back pony tail tightens the face.
The scraped back pony tail tightens the face.

Scientists have warned women of the dangers of the ‘Croydon facelift’. The tight, high pony tail is favoured by celebrities such as Cheryl Cole Katy Perry and most famously by Kate Moss, who is from Croydon and inspired the nickname.

The scraped back style tightens the face and researchers in the US now say that wearing hair in this way could permanently damage the hair and scalp.

Dr Josephine Quintanilla–Dieck, who led the research, said: "Pulling hair into tight ponytails or braids, using hot rollers, curling irons, or straightening irons and applying chemical relaxers can all lead to structural damage of the hair shaft as well as thermal and chemical damage to the skin of the scalp.

"Regular and sometimes even occasional use of these hair techniques may lead to hair breakage and hair loss from the root.

"Although usually reversible, hair loss occasionally can be permanent with long–standing or severe cases."

The study advises that women take ‘hair holidays’ and avoid their usual styling techniques so that hair can recover.

Tips to avoid damage include using "natural hairstyles" that place less tension on roots.

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