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To Pony or not to Pony

Ponytails are convenient and stylish, but remember, women should treat their hair gently. You should always be gentle whith your hair. Don't pull it back so tight that you're giving yourself a facelift. 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 and do fall out. This may not seem like a big deal at first, but like so many things, the effects will compound over time.  If you're too pony obsessed, especially if you like them tight, or always wear them in the same spot on your head, you put yourself at risk of permanent loss around the hairline. 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 a 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 the fastener rests day after day which can cause even more breakage and frizz.

As far as what kinds of ponytail holders to use, 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 popular these days and might benefit your hair by distributing the tension more than traditional hair ties.

Finally, if your ponytail feels too tight, it probably is. They say beauty is pain, but too much tugging on your scalp irritates nerves and can cause headaches. That’s not pretty, no matter how good your top knot looks.

Be Well.


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