How To Stop Ruining Your Hair With Hair Ties

Hair ties would have to be the very best and the very worst to have been created. On one hand, they’re our saving grace, rescuing us from many a bad hair day. On the other hand, they’re a catalyst for bad hair days, because they’re all too easy to lean on and very few of us are using them right.

Here’s what you need to know about your hair-tie habit. 

Stop pulling your hair back too tight

Many of us love a chic high pony, but whether it’s a matter of practicality or you’re trying to give yourself a full-on facelift, it puts an extreme amount of pressure on the hairline, which is, by nature, very sensitive. In fact, if you wear your hair super-tight and pulled back day-to-day, it can damage hair follicles to the point that they fall out, leading to a permanent receding hairline. Not to mention, these ultra-high styles can also cause headaches better known as hair-aches.

Stop wearing your hair back while you sleep

Tying your hair back with an elastic band is actually most harmful when you’re sleeping. Because you’re tossing and turning through the night, you’re adding even more pressure on the roots and hair shafts. It’s best to keep your hair down, and to sleep on a silk pillowcase.

Stop putting elastics in the same place every time

If ever there was an incentive to change up your hairstyle on the regular basis, it’s the fact that tying your hair with an elastic in the same place over and over again damages that patch of hair follicles—just like repeatedly using a hot tool. If you’re going to tie your hair back, use a snag-free elastic for a softer style, like a low ponytail, or twist it back and secure with U-pins.

Stop using hair ties on wet hair

In order to keep frizz at bay, you might be in the habit of pulling your hair back after a shower. However, because your strands are dense with water, it’s putting even more pressure on your hairline than a dry-hair style. If you’re adamant about keeping your hair out of your face while it dries, try a silk head wrap. Like a silk pillow case, it’s not abrasive to the hair and will keep it neat and sleek.

Stop using hair ties that have metal fastenings

If you’ve noticed an increase in “snag-free” hair elastics on the market, that’s because it’s essentially common knowledge that ties with a metal end on them are notorious for causing breakage. The fasteners catch on strands causing dead ends, or even pull out strands completely.

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