HAIR TIES & SCRUNCHIES – Are they damaging for your hair?

We've all done it, when you want to get your hair out of your face, throwing your strands up with a hair tie is likely to be the first thing we think about. In fact, you may even have a handy ponytail holder worn around your wrist at all times or one tossed in your purse that you can pull out in a pinch. You’ve likely been sporting hair ties and ponytail holders since before you can remember as these hair accessories are a staple in every bathroom drawer, handbag or bedroom table but what if they do more harm than good? 

The simple answer is, it all depends on what you are using!

Rubber Bands: Your standard rubber band is a definite no no. These get caught in your hair and you'll end up pulling half your hair out trying to remove them.

Scrunchies: These have been making a comeback in recent years and we love them. Scrunchies are usually covered in fabric which make them much kinder to your hair.

Coiled Hair Ties: We've all seen these, they look like the name suggests, coils that are covered. They won't leave dents or marks in your hair and they are one of the gentlest options.

When you use ties that damage your hair it can lead to breakage, split ends and frizz. Anytime you are causing direct damage to the hair shaft it is irreversible. One of the most important things to remember when putting your hair up in a pony tail is to not pull the hair too tightly. This causes stress on the hair from the root making it weak and prone to breakage. 

So, next time you think about putting your hair up make sure you give some thought as you might be doing more damage than good.


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