hair-braiding.jpg A research conducted by a South African team says that many popular hairstyles of today can lead to permanent hair loss. The results of this study have been published in the British Journal of Dermatology. This research, led by Cape Town University 's Dr Nonhlanhla Khumalo, has found that styles like 'corn rows', braiding, extensions and brush-cut haircuts can lead to serious problems.

Highlights of the research
a. Researchers studied almost 2000 adults and children.
b. It was seen that about one in seven children and a third of women suffered from "traction alopecia", a type of hair loss that is linked to hair being constantly under tension.
c. This problem was aggravated if chemical "relaxers" had been used to straighten hair.
d. It was noticed that one in five children who had used the chemicals suffered from hair loss.
e. Very short haircuts also caused severe scalp acne in men.
f. Researchers also said that that the risk of contacting HIV or hepatitis may be increased very short haircut.