Is Your Ponytail Too Tight?

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Do you find yourself constantly pulling your hair back in a tight bun or ponytail? Do you wear tight braids or extensions?

Over time, these styles damage the hair follicles; this is a condition known as traction alopecia. One tight hairstyle isn’t going to harm your hair, but after many years, traction alopecia can lead to permanent hair loss.


People who regularly wear tight ponytails have reported receding hairlines and excessive breakage in the forehead area. A tight scalp also restricts blood flow to the follicles, and blood circulation is how our follicles get nourishment.

If you enjoy wearing ponytails, or need to wear your hair up or out of the way, here’s some tips to help avoid problems of Traction Alopecia…

  • Avoid rubber bands to tie the hair – they cause breakage. Use a fabric covered elastic instead, they offer a more gentle grip.

  • Wear your ponytails or buns in different areas of your scalp (for example high vs. low.)

  • Try to wear your hair down when possible, especially while sleeping; rolling around on a pillow can create more friction.

  • If you’re able, try other styles that keep your hair up and out of the way (for example a French twist or loose bun.) Try pinning the hair up with elastic bobby pins, or use a barrette or clip to hold the majority of the weight.

  • Avoid putting your hair up at all when it’s wet. Hair is most fragile and prone to breakage when it’s saturated with H2O.

  • Remember — if it’s pulling on your skin, it’s too tight.

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