How Your Hair Ties Could Be Damaging Your Hair


Hair ties can be your saving grace from a bad hair day, but did you know they may also be damaging your hair?

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When your hair just won’t cooperate, you can easily grab a hair tie, pull it back, and voila! You look presentable. On the other hand, your hair ties may actually be a culprit behind damaged tresses. Not that you should throw away your hair ties; although you should probably change the way you use them to minimize the damage on your hair.

Here’s what you need to know about your hair tie habits:

1.    Wearing your hair back overnight.

If you have a habit of sleeping with your hair tied with an elastic band, this is actually very harmful for your hair. Putting your hair in a ponytail or bun already adds pressure on your hairline, but tossing and turning while you sleep adds even more pressure on your roots and hair shafts. It is best to wear your hair down and sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase to minimize friction.

2.    Wearing your ponytail too tight.

Severe ponytails may look chic but this is a style you should probably avoid. Regularly subjecting your locks in tight hairstyles can lead to traction alopecia, a condition that occurs when tension is placed on the hair shaft, causing hair to become brittle, eventually leading to breakage. Next time, go for looser hair ties and more relaxed styles so there’s less tension on your hair shaft.

3.    Wearing elastics in the same place every time.

You may want to change up that signature ponytail. Tying your hair in the same place over and over again can damage that patch of hair follicles, similar to subjecting it to a hot tool repeatedly. Switch up your hair style every now and then, using snag-free elastics.

4.    Tying wet hair.

Hair is more fragile when it is wet, so tying wet hair actually adds more pressure on the hairline. Try to avoid pulling it back after a shower. If you want to keep your hair out of your face while it dries, try using a silk or satin headwrap.

5.    Using ties with metal fastenings.

Scrunchies with metal fastenings are notorious for causing hair breakage. Hair catches on these fastenings, leading to split ends, or even pulling out strands. Opt for snag-free hair ties or elastics to minimize damage.