Good news if you love wearing your hair in loose ponytails or buns: you’re doing something very right. But if you pull your hair back into a tight bun or braid, it’s time to loosen up--for the health of your hair.
Repeatedly pulling your hair back into those sleek styles can actually break your hair and, we’re sorry to say, thin your hairline. The exact condition that arises from this constant pulling is traction alopecia and, though it’s commonly seen around the hairline, can happen anywhere, dermatologist Francesca Fusco, MD tells Refinery29. Before you swear off styles forever, it’s important to know that the rub is in the frequency and intensity of these hairstyles and what tools you’re using.
To maintain your luscious locks, simply loosen up your hairstyle if it involves pulling. That means everything from the topknot to braids. Rely on hair ties with hooks on either end rather than the elastic circles, which can break your hair where they rub against your pony. And if you head to work with a bun several times a week, use bobby pins instead of elastic to hold your hair in place. Her final piece of advice: make sure your shampoo and conditioner are both hydrating the scalp, which is the foundation of strong, healthy hair.
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