Buns, braids, and ponytails might be three of the best hairstyles ever invented. They keep your hair out of the way, keep weight off your neck, and incorporate some pretty awesome styles that are worthy of showing off. However, (I have to put a damper on our up-do party) pulling our hair back in the same style too often can actually cause more harm than good. Read on for why it might be time to take a break from your trusted ponytail or bun.
What is Traction Alopecia?
Traction alopecia is when your hairline starts to move back, or recede, because of trauma inflicted on the hair shaft. Constantly pulling your hair up into a tight ponytail, bun, etc. causes stress to the hair shaft and makes hair weaker and thinner until it eventually ceases to grow.
How to Avoid It
Avoiding traction alopecia is actually quite simple—do not put your hair up everyday. Alopecia primarily comes from repeatedly applying the same stress to your hair day in and day out. So if you wear your hair up in a ponytail one day, wear it down the next day to keep it healthy. Additionally, make sure not to pull your hair back too tight when you do put it up.
If You Already Have It…
The good news is that your hair has the opportunity to grow back or become conditioned and stronger. The bad news is that (depending on how far along you are) it might be too late. Regardless, you can strengthen, protect, and promote hair growth by using oils (castor, jojoba, etc.). Just make sure to change your hairstyle more often to stop the damage that has already occurred. Or, find a safe and comfortable style that doesn’t involve tying or pulling your hair back too much.
The internet is full of many wonderful, creative hairstyles that you can recreate so don’t be afraid to search for a few that help you shine. For more information on traction alopecia and specifics on which hairstyles may be damaging to your head, check out this site!