If you're rocking long locks, chances are a hair tie (or two, or seven) are not far from you at any point in time. Although they are absolutely necessary and a huge part of our lives, it turns out, hair ties can be damaging your hair. The good news? There are ways to avoid hair destruction. Phew!
Turns out, your hairline can be very sensitive and hair ties can really put your hair and scalp through the ringer. If you wear your hair back in a tight updo day after day (cough, top knot, cough) then your hair ties might be breaking down hair follicles, causing hair to fall out and even contributing to a permanent receding hairline. Yikes.
To keep your hair healthy, it's best to switch up your hairstyle often, rotating where you place hair ties to avoid damage. If you aren't sleeping with your hair down, now is the time to begin: sleeping in a hair tie is even more damaging at night because you're tossing and turning. Similarly, you should avoid putting hair ties in when your hair is damp or wet, because wet strands are more likely to break.
I hope you're using snag-free hair elastics already, and steering clear of notoriously painful metal fastened hair ties. Below, I rounded up more strand-friendly hair ties that will keep your locks long and strong.
1. For Thick Hair
2. For Everyday
3. For The Gym
4. For The Weekend
Lindsay Brook Hair Scarf, $9, Etsy
5. For Work
Natasha Couture 'Theodora' Scrunchie, $22, Nordstrom
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