Skip to main content

6 Tips To Prevent Breakage From Ponytails and Buns

• Mar 1, 2014

by Meisha of Braun Sugar

There are two main reasons why many women avoid wearing ponytails and buns. The first reason is thinning of the hairline and breakage. The second  is breakage around the ponytail holder. Here are some steps I use to ensure that I don’t encounter either of those problems.


Lazy day bun

1. Do not style tangled hair
One of the worst things you can do is pull tangled hair into a ponytail or bun. You will end up with a rat’s nest that is a headache to detangle. If your hair is dry, lightly finger detangle it before styling. If it is wet, detangle as you normally would after a wash before styling.

2. Do not put soaking wet hair into a bun or ponytail
Hair is at its most fragile state when it is soaking wet. It isn’t a good idea to try to put your soaking wet hair in a bun or ponytail. What you may discover is that you will begin to see breakage along the area that is secured by the ponytail holder. A better idea is to allow the hair to become at least damp before you style it.

3. Make sure dry hair is moisturized before styling
If you want to put your dry hair into a ponytail, make sure it is moisturized. Dry hair is also very prone to breakage. Moisturized hair is more pliable and will be less likely to snap.

4. Do not pull your hair too tightly into a ponytail
No matter how much you may enjoy the sleek ponytail look, you cannot pull your hair too tightly into a ponytail. If you do, it will not be long before your hairline starts to suffer. Secure your hair firmly into a metal free, seamless ponytail holder, an elastic headband, or a banana clip.

If you use a seamless ponytail holder, you may find that there is no need to double or triple wrap it around your hair. They are generally small enough to hold hair in place well with worrying about it falling off your hair.

If you use an elastic headband, you may need to wrap it 2–3 times around your hair for a secure fit. Try wrapping it twice and shake your head a bit. If the headband isn’t moving and your hair isn’t falling out of it then it should be okay. If you run into any of the two issues I just mentioned, wrap it around one more time for a secure fit.

With banana clips, the key is in the size of the clip. The size will depend on the density of your hair. These are my least favorite option and work best on very stretched or straightened hair. If your hair has very high density, you may want to skip these altogether.

5. Use a satin or silk scarf for slick edges
Instead of using a hard bristled brush to try to tame edges, try using a gel, pomade, wax, etc. and a scarf. After applying the product to your edges, immediately put on your scarf and leave it on for at least 5 minutes. If your edges aren’t sleek enough, try a product with a better hold.

6. Protect your ends
If you are wearing a bun, you are tucking your ends and protecting them from the elements. You still need to moisturize them before you tuck them. If you are wearing a ponytail, moisturize your ends, then seal with an oil or butter.

Hopefully these tips will help you wear a ponytail or bun without any damaging effects. These styles can be great as protective styles or when you are having a “lazy hair day”.

Lazy Day Ponytail

Meisha Lake is a 29 year old web/graphic designer from Detroit, currently residing in Tacoma, WA. She started The BraunSugar Blog with the intention of showing that you can grow healthy natural hair without having to devote a lot of time, energy, and money to the cause.

About Editorial

BGLH now sells raw and whipped shea butter, cocoa butter and mango butter. Purchase here: bglh-marketplace.com

12
Leave a Reply

avatar
11 Comment threads
1 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
12 Comment authors
MeishaBrittany. LPMSDeLTyler Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
Notify of
Ola Dania
Guest

This is usually my go to hairstyle, It did affect my edges at one point but I started using castor oil to repair it. Great post =)

Missc
Guest
Missc

Wow! Lovely ponytail!

PMS
Guest
PMS

Okkkk looking all curly and delushicous!!!!

lablooplah
Guest
lablooplah

i’m gonna incoporate styles 2 and 6. sometimes i just put my hair in a ponytail after i wash cuz i dont have to wait till it’s dry till i style it and i don wanna walk around with a scarf on my head. I like tip 6 cuz my hair is ridic fragile

Ms Vee
Guest
Ms Vee

I must say your ponytail is on point!

Ugonna Wosu
Guest
Ugonna Wosu

thanks for sharing!

Shani
Guest
Shani

I wear buns and ponies regularly and another good tip I found ( especially after washing my hair)apply oil moisturizer,finger comb to remove tangles, Twist hair into a bun, then secure with band or pins, apply a bit more om on edges and tie on scarf ( was glad to see that tip) my edges are full and thick.

DeeDee
Guest
DeeDee

If I don’t feel like twisting all of my hair I’ll do the back and sides into a bun and twist a rectangle shaped part of it in the front for a little more versatility
[img]https://bglh-marketplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/image-4.jpg[/img]

Tyler
Guest

I’m very very guilty of number 2. And I have to say that is one of the fullest, curliest pony’s I’ve ever seen!!!

Tyler
onelittleblackdress.com

DeL
Guest
DeL

Your hair is amazing! God Bless!

Brittany. L
Guest

:O Don’t style tangle hair, sometimes I style my hair a little tangle it’s not extremely tangled it’s manageable. Imma chill for awhile

Check Out http://www.curlskinksfashion.com for Fashion style & Natural Hiar
& Follow Curlskinksfashion On Instagram

Meisha
Guest

Thank you for all the positive comments and support ladies! I really appreciate it!

Orders Process in 1 Business Day. Free Shipping on Orders $60 and Up. Dismiss

Shopping Cart