Do you ever wear your hair down at the beginning of the day, only to end up wearing it in a ponytail? Kind of inevitable when you live in a country that’s always so humid.
Even though you feel much more comfortable with your hair up, ponytails are actually pretty damaging to your hair and scalp.
We’re not saying avoid tying your hair up all together. That’s crazy, considering the climate we’re living in. Nah. We just want you to do right by your locks, styling them properly so that your hair is as healthy as it can be.
Here are the rules for hair care when it comes to ponytails:
DO NOT: Wear a ponytail every day
High and tight ponytails are the most damaging styles for your hair, causing a lot of breakage, hair loss, and maybe even leading to bald patches. Give your roots a break by mixing up your hairstyles, maybe going for a low bun or ponytail, braids or simple pins. Whatever you do, just try to limit the number of times you wear your hair in a high ponytail.
DO: Wear your hair down when you sleep
A lot of us put our hair in a bun when we sleep since our tresses can be irritating as we toss and turn in the night. But with night being the time that your skin recovers and regenerates, it’s best to leave your hair down, or at least loose to give your scalp some downtime. For the best results, silk and satin pillowcases prevent your strands from getting pulled throughout the night.
DO NOT: Tie your hair too tightly
You already know the damages that a tight ponytail can cause to your hair, but did you know that too much stress on your hair follicles can lead to headaches and hair loss? The chances of those happening increase when you have dry or damaged hair. When a hair tie is stretched out, replace it with a new one rather than knotting it around your hair one too many times.
Also, be careful with the strands around your hairline. You’re best leaving them loose since they’re way more prone to breakage than the rest of your tresses.
DO: Use fabric hair ties
Elastic bands and hair bands with metal fasteners are the worst things you can use for ponytails, as they can dent and snag your hair. Rubber hair ties with threaded fabric are no good either, since your hair can still get caught on the rubber band and result in tangling or hair loss. Instead, go for fabric scrunches or bands, as they’re gentle on your locks and don’t leave any kinks after wearing your ponytail for a period of time.
DO NOT: Tie your hair when wet
Your hair is most vulnerable when it’s wet, so why damage it further by tying it up? Doing so will stretch your hair, causing it to be frail and brittle. Weak strands mean high chances of breakage. Dents and snags are much worse with wet hair. Plus, you’ll get more knots in your hair if you don’t let it dry before putting it up.
DO: Use a serum before tying your hair
In addition to letting your hair dry beforehand, applying a serum will help your hair band glide over without snagging your hair. It also offers a nice bit of shine as a finishing touch.
DO NOT: Pull your hair tie all in one go
Have you ever noticed the amount of strands you pull when undoing your ponytail? The reason why this happens is because you’re yanking the hair tie out in one go, and even if you pull it slow enough, it still seems to be so painful. Instead of adding onto the stress, unravel the hair tie while it’s still in your hair, so that you don’t risk pulling off any extra strands.
DO: A weekly hair and scalp treatment
All that tugging can do some serious damage to your roots and scalp. To restore hair strength and promote hair growth, do a weekly hair mask. The BioWoman Detox Treatment Mask is a great way to rehabilitate your locks, nourishing them with repairing and strengthening ingredients, such as Argan oil, keratin and natural plant extracts. You can also purchase the hair mask on Lazada.
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BioWoman Detox Treatment Mask
Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.