Do ponytails damage your hair?

Yes. The tension from tight ponytails/buns can be damaging to your hairline and/or napeline and to the center of the ponytail. The tightness from the ponytail gradually pulls and breaks the hair in these areas, leaving you with shorter hair strands around your hair perimeter and the ponytail location.

Most people wear ponytails because it’s a quick and convenient style. To reduce your chances of damaging your hair try these quick away from your face hairstyles.

Beyonce_Pony1. To get Beyonce Knowles’ hairstyle, start by parting your hair deeply to the side.
2. Apply smoothing cream to damp hair and use a round brush to give your hair a sleek blowout.
3. Gather all of your hair at the nape of your neck, below one ear. Twist it to the side and secure it with an elastic.
4. Mist all over with anti-frizz hair to finish.
The Low Twist Pny1. Split your hair into two sections, straight down the back, but off center, about 3/4. You want one large section, and then one smaller section that’s about an inch or two away from your ear.
2. Take the larger section and make a ponytail, securing with a rubber band.
3. Twist the smaller section AWAY from your face. Make the twist as tight as you can, so it doesn’t become too loose later on.
4. Wrap the twisted section over the top of the ponytail and around to the bottom.
5. Pin the twisted wrap in place. Use lots of U-shaped hair pins to make it really secure. After you’ve secured the twist with enough pins, let it untwist and blend in with the rest of your ponytail. SO easy!

The twisted side pony1. Begin by pinning a small section of hair at the back of the neck.
2. Continue pulling small sections of hair across and pinning along the base of the neck.
3. Continue until you can gather the hair into a side ponytail, leaving out a section in the front.
4. Tie off the ponytail and wrap the remaining hair around the pony to cover the hairband.

The Braided Pony

1. Make a side part, then take a section of hair from the front left side of your part to your left temple.
2. Split this into three and weave together to make a braid. Braid the right over the center, then the left over the right and continue to braid that section.
3. Stretch out the braid to make it look thicker. Secure the end with a pin or small elastic.
4. Gather all your hair into a ponytail and secure with an elastic. Take the pin or elastic off the first braid, now it is tied in with the ponytail.
5. Take a small piece of hair and wrap it around your hair elastic to cover it

The Inside Out PonySimply pull your hair back into a loose ponytail, split the ponytail in half between your head & the elastic, and feed the ponytail back through the hole. Make sure you keep this look soft & ethereal so that the hair looks loosely draped. You can also create messy, tousled waves using a flat iron or curling iron before pulling your hair back into a ponytail.

The Knot Pony1. Gather hair to one side and separate into two sections
2. Tie hair in one knot and pull tight
3. Tie hair in a second knot and pull tight
4. Secure with bobby pins at the base of the second knot and mist with hair spray

The Messy 60s Pony1. First, for more volume and texture use a volume powder or hair spray. It makes the hair a bit dryer and textured, so it has grip and will stay in place better.
2. Run your fingers through your hair for volume and to spread product.
3. Part your hair. A sixties look asks for a side part!
4. Tease the top quarter of your hair. Don’t be too rough, use soft strokes and focus on your scalp. You need to create a big beehive of back-combed hair.
5. Gently brush the top of your teased hair. (You want a wearable nod to the sixties, not Amy Winehouse). Then secure the teased hair with pins that match your hair color.
6. Hair spray is vital! Use one with strong hold that won’t make it a crunchy helmet.
7. Curl your ends. This will create a full, bouncy pony tail. Don’t deep fry your locks, use a heat protector first!
8. Make a basic ponytail at the nape of your neck. Then pull the ends so it moves up, until it’s as high or low as you want.
9. Finishing touch: take a lock of hair, twist it around the hair elastic and pin it at the end.