Q: Iíve had long hair since I was a child. Now that Iím almost 40 Iím ready to cut my hair short. I would like to keep my ponytail as a souvenir. What is the best way to store and preserve my ponytail to make sure
that it will still look ok in letís say 10 years? Should I treat it with certain hair products?
A: A lot of folks who make a dramatic change in their hair want to save the ponytail when they cut it off, but many make the mistake of forgetting that the hair Ė once it has emerged from the scalp Ė is not alive. The
reality is that the fiber of the hair has a lot in common with other natural fibers derived from animals, such as wool and silk. And just as you wouldnít store a garment of wool or silk without properly packaging it and
protecting it, you need to take equal care with the hair you want to save.
Here are some quick tips for saving the hair and to help it keep looking healthy as long as possible.
First: Make sure the hair is clean when it is cut. At the very least be sure that youíve shampooed the hair within at least 24 hours. Also be sure to condition the ponytail thoroughly
before the cut. You want to make sure that the hair is the best possible condition.
Second: In many cases the hair will be put into a ponytail before it is cut - particularly if the hair is very long. If this is the case, then be careful to keep it in the ponytail.
You can even secure the cut end of the ponytail to keep the hair from coming loose by dipping the cut end in glue and allowing the glue to dry fully.
Third: The hair should be stored in an air-tight container to keep it from dust and soil. If the container isnít air-tight, the hair can dry out and become brittle.
Finally: If you need to clean and retreat the hair after itís been cut and stored. You should use a solution of baby shampoo to cleanse the hair and then rinse it thoroughly. Follow this
up with an application of leave-in conditioner.
This will allow you to keep the hair looking as healthy as possible.