Ponytail Holders and Hair BreakageQ: Hi, my name is Phillipa. In junior high school my hair was thick and full. When I started high school, in the middle of my hair started to become shorter than the rest of my hair. I don't understand what happened. I don't know if the hair loss was because I always used to put my hair up in a ponytail or what. Can you tell me what I can do so that the short hair can grow out to the length of the rest of the hair?
A: Hi, Phillipa. What you describe does seem consistent with breakage caused by ponytail holders. Assuming that this is the case (and the cause) the resolution is pretty simple - be kinder to your hair.
Ponytails are not the enemy, but you have to make sure to be gentle with the hair. Use a ponytail holder that is snag-safe (no metal parts) and don't wrap it too tightly around the hair. Use an anti-frizz serum and a leave-in conditioner to keep the hair tangle-free and smooth. In addition, consider other options to ponytails, like braiding to keep your hair controlled.
Apart from this, be sure to condition your hair every day, even if you don't shampoo. Maintaining a healthy moisture balance is important to keeping the hair healthy and growing strong.
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