If you thought the hair loss was only going to be in your hairline, you are sorely mistaken. Wearing a tight elastic band around the same area of your locks for years can stress and damage the hair in that specific spot and lead to hair thinning, Jenna Marie Shafer, New York City-based session hairstylist, told Byrdie.
“When you wear your hair in the same ponytail every day, you’re adding stress to the same spot over and over and over again, and eventually that’s going to cause your hair to snap and break off at the base of the ponytail,” Shafer shared. Remember how we said thinning hair is part of the signs of aging anyway? It seems wearing your hair in a ponytail every day could be accelerating this process.
We get it. Ponytails are a no-fuss and efficient hairstyle, which is why they are so common. Have a workout to get to? Just grab all your locks and pull them away from your face in a ponytail. Late for an important meeting and you didn’t have time to wash your hair this week? Just put your locks in a ponytail and you’re good to go. But any hairstyle that tugs at your hair all the time, like ponytails (think tight buns, tight braids, cornrows, etc.) is damaging your hair and secretly aging you in the process. However, there are ways you can style your hair to avoid aging yourself.