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Ponytails offer a quick and simple style option. With so many accessories available to add flair to this style, it's no wonder many women wear them. You may need to use caution, however, if you wear a ponytail all the time. Pulling your hair back occasionally won't stress it, but what if you rely on this hairdo every day? You can still sport your favorite style, but follow some guidelines to make sure it doesn't damage your tresses.
Not Too Tight
One of the biggest problems frequent ponytail-wearers may face is damage from too-tight styling. If you pull your hair back tightly every time you wear this 'do, you run the risk of traction alopecia, or permanent hair loss, particularly at the hairline that frames your face. Even the occasional tight ponytail may cause you to suffer headaches. There's no need for a hairstyle to cause pain. Don't leaving your hair in tight ponytails and save yourself the consequences.
Not While Sleeping
No matter what style of ponytail you wear during the day, loosen your hair at night before you hit the sack. Sleeping in ponytails can stress your scalp. It may also cause your hair to tangle around your ponytail holder, which will be a nightmare to undo in the morning. If you're concerned that your long hair will tangle while you sleep, take out your ponytail and loosely braid it instead. Only secure the ends with a loose elastic band.
Wearing the wrong accessories to secure your ponytail is also bad for your hair. Avoid elastic holders with metal on them, especially if you have curly locks. The metal edges catch on curly hair and frequently break it. Rubber bands may seem like an inexpensive option, but they're one of the worst choices to make for securing ponytails. If you wear this style often, choose hair-friendly holders like metal-free elastic bands and satin-coated scrunchies.
Don't wear your ponytail the same way every day. You can still wear this 'do, but to cut down on the stress on your scalp, vary the styles. Try wearing two ponytails; divide your hair into two sections, parting from ear to ear. Wear one ponytail on top and another on the bottom. You may also want to try a side ponytail, where you part your hair low on one side and sweep your tresses over. You don't have to forgo this popular hairstyle if it's one of your faves. Just don't wear the exact same style every day, and avoid pulling it too tightly.