Because the classic ponytail is functional, flattering and foolproof, it’s a go-to style for many of us. But since it makes an appearance regularly, there’s a chance you could be stressing out your scalp and follicles. If you wear tight hairstyles regularly, you can even experience traction alopecia, a type of hair loss caused by consistent stress to areas of your hair and scalp.
Today, we’re going to share some tips and tricks that can help you enjoy this beloved style without sacrificing length, body and of course, health.
Tip #1: Alternate With Another Classic Hair-Back Style
One of the main reasons why most ponytails cause damage is the constant repetition of pulling the hair back — and it usually happens too tightly.
The easy solution? Let it loosen up more often. If you’re a daily ponytail enthusiast, switch it up for a loose bun or braid every other day and incorporate fabric headbands for further protection from hair getting stuck onto your lip gloss.
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Tip #2: Avoid Wet Ponytails
The wet, hair-down look is hot, but tying your hair up while it’s damp is a major no-no. Not only will this lead to hair breakage but it can also cause split ends and acute hair loss. Just think of all the snags.
Instead, try adding a lightweight mousse to dry hair to give the illusion of that fresh-out-the-shower look. Simply squeeze a quarter-size amount of your favorite mousse and gently massage it in with your fingertip or a head massager for the trendy wet look.
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Tip #3: Let Your Hair Rest While You Rest
Many women prefer to sleep with their hair in a bun or ponytail. We get it: This keeps hair out of your face and gives you instant volume upon sunrise.
Although this is a popular bedtime habit, stylists recommend letting your hair recover as you sleep. If you must tie it up, consider using a silk, satin or bamboo cotton pillowcase which will allow your hair to glide rather than pull as you move.
Tip #4: Use Fabric Hair Ties
Hair bands with metal and plastic can snag your hair while leaving unwanted dents. Instead, opt for fun, fabric hair ties, preferably silk or organic bamboo cotton scrunchies .
When it comes to looking and feeling your best, it all comes down to the choices you make… for better or for worse. And that includes avoiding a hairstyle that can potentially cause your hair to look thinner or more brittle.
Try these easy tips at home and give your scalp a well-deserved break.
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