7 Ways To Prevent Hair Breakage From Ponytail Holders

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7 Ways To Prevent Hair Breakage From Ponytail Holders


When we think about the things that could harm our hair, we most often think of heat styling tools and the products we use but we hardly ever think about our hairstyles. You may not be aware of this, but your all-time favorite hairdo, the ponytail, may be to blame for your hair loss. In this guide, we will learn how to avoid hair breakage from ponytail holders.


How To Avoid Hair Breakage From Ponytail Holders


When you're in a hurry, putting your hair up in a ponytail is quick and easy but this might cause your hair to break. Here are a few methods for preventing hair damage from ponytail holders:


1)  Pay Attention to the Material You Use

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Sometimes the choice of materials you use can make all the difference. Since not all hair ties are created equal, choosing the right material is an important consideration if you want to continue wearing ponytails frequently.

Scrunchies, fabric hair ties, certain hair elastics, and spiral hair ties can significantly lessen the stress and snagging on hair when trying to place it in a bun or ponytail. At all costs, stay away from hair elastics with metal components.

If you're looking for an elastic fabric hair tie that can handle thick hair without breaking it or causing permanent hair loss, consider using Burlybands hair ties. These hair accessories will keep hair healthy.


2)  Use a Serum


Apply a good serum over your hair before pulling it back into a ponytail. In addition to giving your hair a healthy sheen, the serum will allow the hair tie to glide over the ponytail without grabbing or straining it.


3)  Never Put Wet Hair in an Updo

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When your hair is wet, it becomes increasingly porous and fragile. Brushing or pulling wet hair into a tight ponytail (or other updos) can snag the hair and break it in the middle, leading to hair loss and irreparable damage. If you do decide to put your hair up in a ponytail, let it air dry completely.


4)  Avoid Styling Knotted Hair


Making a ponytail or bun out of knotted hair is among the worst things you can do. The result will be a rat's nest that is difficult to untangle. Before styling dry hair, gently untangle it with your fingers.


5)  Switch it Up

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Changing up where the base of your ponytail is placed is another strategy to avoid hair breakage. When you put stress on the same area over and over again by wearing your hair in the same ponytail every day, your hair will eventually snap and separate from the ponytail at the base.


6)  Try Not To Rip the Elastic Out of Your Hair


Your hair will be severely harmed if you suddenly remove the elastic from your head. By doing this you can end up yanking out a lot of hair, seriously harming your locks.

Even though you're eager to let your hair down after a long day, the elastic should always be loosened one turn at a time. This will prevent a great deal of unnecessary hair damage.


7)  Avoid Tying Your Hair at Night

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Your hair needs a break from being constantly tied up from time to time. The best way to do this is by avoiding tying your hair up at night. If you must tie your hair at night, make sure that you stay away from tight ponytails.



Additional Hair Tips to Fix Damaged Hair


In addition to the methods mentioned above, here are a few other things you can do to stop additional hair loss and repair hair breakage:


1)  Take Caution When Using Heat

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Even though putting your hair in a ponytail already damaged it, using hot tools can worsen the situation. If you do use these tools, make sure to use a heat protectant and lower the heat. Heat protectants are designed to stop heat from further harming the hair by keeping it from penetrating the hair shaft.


2)  Make Dietary Changes


Nutrition is crucial for supporting healthy hair. People who lack certain nutrients have brittle, dry, or dull hair that is weaker. And if you wear hair ties, things can get worse.

Make sure that you get a balanced diet that is rich in proteins, iron, zinc, and omega-3. People who have nutritional deficiencies will probably notice that their hair grows back stronger and healthier after correcting the issue.


3)  Use a Deep Conditioning Mask

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If your hair is damaged, you can fix the issue by using deep conditioning treatments to replenish your hair's moisture and hydration levels. For the best results, go for deep-conditioning masks made with coconut and argan oils.




It might hurt to watch your hair fall out. We hope that the above hair tips will help you feel more at ease when tying your hair up in a ponytail.

If you find it difficult to maintain a healthy ponytail, you're most likely using the wrong hair tie. Consider using Burlybands' hair ties. With these hair elastics, you no longer have to witness several strands of broken hair every time you let your hair down.


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