beauty insider: IS YOUR PONYTAIL BAD FOR YOUR HAIR?

THE ANSWER: MAYBE, PROBABLY, YES…

your ‘pony’ could be actually be breaking / tearing your hair out without you even knowing it!


Oh yeah, according to the experts, when it comes to ponytails, you shouldn’t feel like you’re giving yourself a mini-facelift every time you pull your hair back. Tight ponytails yank on the delicate hairs at the front of the scalp. These strands are the most susceptible to damage by traction {pulling} and over time they can fall out. This hair loss is temporary—but only at first.

If you’re addicted to ponies, especially if you like them tight, or always wear them in the same spot every day, you put yourself at risk of permanent loss around the hairline. The constant traction can cause inflammation around the hair follicle, which can eventually damage the follicle itself and rob it of the ability to regrow new hair.

It’s also good idea to vary up the location of your ponytail—high, low, crown, side—to keep from abusing the same hairs in the same way, over and over. Even if you don’t damage the hair at the roots, you can break the shafts where your hair elastic rests day after day.

When it comes to ponytail holders, the most important thing is to have a fabric covering over the rubber of your rubber band, to decrease snags. If the elastic becomes exposed, toss it and use a new one. Flat ribbon elastics are are awesome {check out Kitsch hair ties available at Mecca Maxima} and can actually help prevent breakage by distributing the tension more than your everyday hair band.

{Source: You Beauty}


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