Anyone with long hair knows that sometimes it is just plain inconvenient to have your hair down at all times. Exercising or cooking, trying to eat dinner or play with the kids, your hair is in your face, in your mouth and just all over the place. So, you reach for anything you can find to get your hair under control and out of your face. But just tying your hair up with any old thing is causing damage and breakage. Here are some tips to find hair ties that won't hurt your hair and how to use them correctly.
Hair Ties For Avoiding Breakage
The first rule of thumb is never to use traditional rubber bands as hair ties. These uncovered elastic bands can cause tangles, snags, rips and more because they are uncoated and grab right onto your hair. Save the rubber bands for piles of paperwork, not your beautiful locks.
Don't use bobby pins or other hair pins that have exposed metal at the tips. These exposed ends could scratch your scalp or cause hair tangling, snagging or ripping. While most bobby and/or hair pins have ends that are coated, you should inspect them before use to be sure the coating didn't wear off.
Tips For Using Hair Ties
Some of the best hair ties are ones that don't have metal ends or glued seams--those seams are one of the causes of hair damage and breakage because hair becomes trapped in there. When you take out the hair tie, several pieces of hair come along with it. So, look for metal-free elastics to help prevent breakage.
If you wear your hair up, be sure to wear it loose. Too tight hairstyles not only cause stress to your hair, but they can also give you headaches! You should also never use hair ties or pins on your hair when it's wet. Wet hair is considerably weaker than dry hair, so it can break more easily. In addition, always wear your hair down when you sleep. Rolling around with your head on a pillow can cause tugging and friction at your hairline.