Wait, what? My favourite ponytail is actually causing me to lose hair? Yup, turns out, some of your favourite, go-to hairstyles might be turning your hair weak and thin. Spotting these damaging hairstyles isn’t that easy, sometimes you may not even realise how they are stressing out your strands. To make your job easier we’ve spotted these hairstyles for you.
A quick and easy way to style your hair is to put your hair up into a ponytail. However, styling your hair the same way day-in and day-out can be quite damaging. Regular use of tight elastic hair ties can damage the hair shaft and lead to fraying. We’re not asking you to give up your beloved ponytail, just use different ways to style it. Switch to fabric hair ties or tie it with a scarf, the key idea being to keep it tied loose, rather than tight.
For many of us, the best way to cope with a bad hair day is to sport a tight top-knot. While this sleek hairstyle has many takers, you shouldn’t do it too often. It pulls your hair back tightly causing traction at the roots and discomfort to your scalp. In the long run this can damage hair follicles and cause hair thinning. Instead, opt for a loose, messy bun which is simpler to create.
Braids near the hairline
Face-framing braids may look cute but they can be quite harmful to your strands. The hair along your hairline is the thinnest and susceptible to damage therefore tight braids can easily break or snap hair. Start braiding your hair from the crown area to prevent unnecessary hair loss.
Back-combing your hair and teasing it back may add lots of volume (and lots of damage!) to your hair, but it is best avoided. Teasing or backcombing your hair to add lift can wreak havoc on your strands. Instead of creating knots and tangles in your hair by backcombing use hair styling products that create volume. Trust us your hair will thank you for it.
Styling damp hair
Throwing your hair up into a quick bun or ponytail may seem like the easiest thing to do when you’re in a hurry and your hair is wet. Damp hair is weaker and can easily snap if tied tightly with a hair tie. Wait till your hair dries before you style it or if you are in a rush, use some styling cream and some large hair pins to keep your hair in place. These are gentler than elastic hair bands.
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