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Do hair ties damage hair? 4 reasons why

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You might tie your hair back – be at the gym or while cooking at home. Sometimes in a messy bun and sometimes it’s a ponytail. The question is “do hair ties damage hair?” It’s an important question. Your hair is part of your identity and can change how you view yourself. So, let me answer the question if hair ties are damaging. 

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The history of the ponytail can be traced back to Ancient Greece according some historic paintings on the island of Crete. In China, the pony tail & top knot was forced upon the Han Chinese men and women. But such a long history doesn’t always mean it’s the correct thing to do.

You might tie your hair back – be at the gym or while cooking at home. Sometimes in a messy bun and sometimes it’s a pony tail. The question is “do hair ties damage hair?” It’s an important question as your hair is part of your identity; part of how you see yourself.

The mistakes

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Tightly pulled

Tightly pulled back ponytail or tight buns are putting your scalp and hair follicles under stress. Hair strands are pulled out of the hair follicles as a result of the constant tension, which can damage or destroy the follicles.

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Toss & turn

If you are going to bed with your hair in an elastic hair tie, please don’t. Elastic hair ties can be unforgiving. Tossing & turning during the night creates a lot of stress and friction on the hair roots and follicles.

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Time & again

If you always wear a ponytail while jogging or a tight bun for work, then you need to change it up regularly. Wearing the hair in the same way causes repeated stress to the hair. This weakens the hair in the same spot & causes your hair to break.

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Too wet

Brushing you hair while it’s wet is bad. Brushing it and putting on an elastic band while it’s wet is worse. Your hair is more likely to break and the outer layer of the hair can get damaged.

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Those thin elastic hair ties are not so good for your hair. You might be breaking or thinning your hair without even realizing it. So, if you ask me “Do hair ties damage hair?”, I would have to say YES.

The Solutions

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Looser style

Loosen that ponytail or top knot to reduce the stress and strain on the hair roots. This will reduce hair breakage.

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Cloth hair ties

Switch to cloth scrunchies rather than those plastic hair ties. The fabric will be gentler on your hair. This will reduce damage to your hair 

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Change your style

Change how you wear / tie your hair. Try looser pig tails rather than a single ponytail. Or try a loose plait. Regular style change is the key to healthier hair.

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Silk scrunchy

Use a silk scrunchy when you go to bed. Fabric is always gentler on your hair and silk is the ultimate softness. Natural silk is not generally vegan, so remember to check the details. Avoid plastic hair ties at night.

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To make sure you are doing everything to protect your hair. use a fabric scrunchie. Reuse those plastic hair ties for something other than your hair. See the amazing selection of scrunchies I sell. They are gentle on your hair & gentle on the planet.

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