Thursday, December 29, 2011

Can Wearing Ponytails Damage My Hair?

It is possible. Wearing tight ponytails on a regular basis where the hair is pulled back causing tension on the hairline can result in hair loss. Unfortunately, hair loss brought about in this manner could be permanent. Typically, this type of damage only occurs where this style of ponytail is worn frequently and for long periods of time such as months or years.
Nevertheless, the ponytail is a hair style that has withstood the test of time. Due to the ease of creating the style and its ability to transcend from casual to formal in appearance, ponytails have remained popular throughout history and across cultures. A major consideration to wearing a ponytail without causing damage to your hair is in the device used to secure it. For example, rubber bands may be difficult to remove and often become entangled in the hair when trying to pull them off. Better options include pony barrettes, Blax bands and Bungee cords, all of which are specifically designed for the pony style.

For me, the ponytail is a great solution for the occasional “bad hair” days that we all have from time to time. The key is to make sure that you pull your hair back loosely without putting too much tension on your hairline and that you secure it with something that is not going to cause breakage when removing it from your hair. Also, if you have little girls, be sure not to pull their hair into ponytails or plaits that are too tight and cause too much tension. This could cause permanent hair loss along their hairline.

If the proper care is taken, ponytails are an easy, do-it-yourself, inexpensive style that can be worn without causing any damage to your hair.

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