5 Ways To Stop Your Ponytail From Damaging Your Hair

If you’re someone who loves to throw their hair up in a ponytail every day, we have some bad news for you. Your favorite hairstyles could be causing more damage than you think to your lovely locks.

Wearing your hair in a ponytail can cause stress to your individual hair strands where the elastic meets your hair. This can leave you with frizz, breakage, and unwanted flyaways.

Thankfully, there are changes you can make to help combat this unwanted damage and keep your hair looking and feeling its absolute best.

Here are 5 ways to help you get started:

Don’t wear your ponytail styles too tight

The slick back and tight ponytail looks are sleek and chic. However, if that’s your go-to hairstyle, you might want to take it easy once in a while. If your ponytail is too tight, it can cause extra stress to your hair. This can lead to unwanted damage and split ends. For optimal hair health, you'll want to alternate between different hairstyles.

Some great hairstyles that aren't too tight include a low ponytail, a top knot, and a french braid. Switching between styles like these can help you maintain your mane and reduce stress and friction.

Wait for your hair to completely dry

When your hair is wet, it’s more susceptible to damage. This is because hair is more porous when the strands are wet, so it can snag and break in all the wrong places. If you want to maintain the beauty of your lovely locks, you’ll want to wait until your hair is completely dry before throwing it up in a ponytail.

Even when you're hair is just damp, your hair still has a substantial amount of elasticity, which can lead to breakage.

Be careful when removing your hair tie

We get it. After a long day, all you want to do is rip your ponytail out of your hair and jump into bed or the shower. However, you might want to think twice before you do that. If you aren’t careful, you could do more harm than good while removing your hair tie.

If you’re too rough when removing your ponytail, it can cause breakage in all the wrong places. For better results, we recommend gently removing the ponytail with a removal tool like The Pony Pick. This is an easy-to-use, simple tool that can help you combat the damage, reduce the pain, and help keep your hair healthy and happy.

Try out a serum

Serums can help you combat damage and prevent breakage while styling. Most high-quality hair serums contain nutrient-rich ingredients that can protect your hair from unwanted damage. If your hair is dry or extra damaged, you’ll want to opt for a hydrating serum that can add in some moisture and maintain your natural beauty.

You'll want to use your fingers to run the serum through your hair before putting it into a ponytail. A serum will also help reduce frizz and flyaways, providing a sleek, finished look.

Skip the ponytail at night

Wearing a ponytail to bed is the go-to way to maintain your curls or a blowout at night. However, when you wear a ponytail to bed, your hair rubs against your pillow, causing unwanted stress, tension, and friction. If you don’t like wearing your hair down when you go to sleep, we recommend trying out a satin or silk pillowcase. This material is easier on your hair, can help you maintain your hair looks, and reduce frizz.

You can also sleep with your hair in a braid. A braid will keep your hair more tame and structured, which will reduce the amount of friction that happens between your hair and pillow.

Experience The Pony Pick

If you’re obsessed with your ponytail looks but are tired of dealing with the ongoing damage, it’s time to try out The Pony Pick. This is a simple ponytail remover that anyone can use. When you remove your ponytail after a long day, you simply place The Pony Pick between your hair and the elastic and gently pull. This will eliminate any unwanted friction and help you avoid breakage.

The Pony Pick is our go-to tool that makes it easy to remove your ponytails without causing any unwanted damage to your lovely locks. If you're ready to upgrade your hair routine and have the healthy hair you've always wanted, you've come to the right place.

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