When You Wear Your Hair In A Ponytail Everyday, This Is What Happens

Whether it be for comfort or for a specific look, ponytails are a staple hairstyle for many. However, one of the easiest and most popular hairdos out there could actually be the most dangerous for your hair.

Tying your hair up with an elastic causes tension as it pulls your hair tightly at your hairline. This is especially detrimental if you are wearing a ponytail at the same spot every day, as it pressures those follicles and strands in the same spots (via Natural Wellbeing).

The pressure can lead to hair breakage and even hair loss. Hair loss due to consistent pulling, or traction alopecia, is temporary, but if it continues over time there could be issues with future growth. You could also experience a more permanent "dent" in your hair where the hair tie is fastened that may require lots of chemicals and hot tools to remove.

How to make your ponytail safe for your hair

But don't panic — you don't have to give up ponytails completely. You should try to wear them lower so the gravity of the hair doesn't pull down, according to Bustle. Shoot for wearing your pony no higher than your ears, preferably at the nape of your neck.

There are also some other ways to prevent ponytail damage. Be sure to let your hair "rest" every few days by wearing it down so your follicles can relax. Your hair ties could also make a difference. Avoid those tight ties with metal clasps and opt for scrunchies or thick, fabric hair ties instead (via Natural Wellbeing).

You should also never sleep in a ponytail, as there can be even more pulling than normal when you toss and turn in your sleep. Those eight hours of shut-eye may also be the perfect time to give your hair the rest it needs. So if you can't fully ditch the ponytail, be sure to switch up your styles and nourish your hair to prevent long-term damage.