Five mistakes to avoid when you tie your hair back

Tying up your hair may save you time when you’re rushed in the morning... but it certainly puts your hair to the test! Avoid these five mistakes and spare your hair.

USING HAIR ELASTICS WITH METAL FASTENERS

The worst thing that can happen is that your hair gets tangled around the elastic and you have to spend a long time trying to remove it (unless you resign yourself to cutting it!). The culprit is often the metal portion that some elastics include: it tends to get stuck in your hair, damaging it. Another enemy is the rubber band. Never, never, use one of your rubber office elastics to tie your hair, even if there’s nothing else available. They can stick to the hair fibre or get tangled up the strands and break them. Instead, use a hair tie made of fabric, they’re much gentler. (Now’s the time: they’re making a comeback!) And if you don’t have one, use a headband, scarf, hair clips, etc.

USING HAIR ELASTICS WITH METAL FASTENERS
Hair Scrunchie, 1 unit
Goody

Hair Scrunchie, 1 unit
Ouchless XThick Elastics, 24 units, Black
Goody

Ouchless XThick Elastics, 24 units, Black
Ouchless Scrunchies Polka Dots, 1 set
Goody

Ouchless Scrunchies Polka Dots, 1 set
Classics Stay Tight Metallic Glossed, 8 units
Goody

Classics Stay Tight Metallic Glossed, 8 units

MAKING YOUR PONYTAIL TOO TIGHT

Too many twists of the elastic can exert too much pressure, which, in the long run, can break your hair. Even worse, the pressure, which is also exerted on your hair follicles, causes headaches and sometimes, hair loss, especially if your hair is dry or damaged. When an elastic is too stretched and begins to show signs of weakness, discard it.  You certainly don’t want to cause yourself any pain or tension!

MAKING YOUR PONYTAIL TOO TIGHT

NOT DRYING YOUR HAIR BEFORE TYING IT

Even worse than a hair elastic that’s too tight is a wet ponytail: damp hair stretches and is frail, and therefore, more brittle. What’s more, wet hair gets tangled much more easily around an elastic.

ALWAYS WEARING THE SAME HAIR-STYLE

Avoid tying your hair up in the same way every day because this can cause fraying on the same spot. A simple solution is to change the way you tie it: try a braid, ponytail, bun or half-bun, etc. You can also change the height of your ponytail, either tying your hair low on your neck or (why not?) off to one side.

REMOVING YOUR ELASTIC IN ONE MOVE WHEN UNDOING YOUR PONYTAIL

We’ve all made the mistake of yanking out our hair elastics, usually pulling some strands of hair right along with them. Obviously, this technique causes a lot of damage. When it’s time to let your hair down, do it gently, undoing it one twist of the elastic at a time.

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Five mistakes to avoid when you tie your hair back

If you use elastics when styling your hair, avoiding these five mistakes will help keep your hair strong and healthy.
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