One of the easiest ways to improve the health of your hair is to stop using "accessories" like rubber bands and traditional elastic hair ties to put your hair up. While functional, these bands can cause major damage to your hair, and if you're someone who often opts for the messy bun or a slicked-back pony, over time you're at risk for damaged hair lengths and potentially even traction alopecia, which is hair loss caused by repeatedly pulling your hair. If a pulled-back look is your go-to but you want better options for the sake of your strands, may pros will suggest silk scrunchies... but we'll do you one better and introduce you to silk hair ties.
Similar to silk scarfs and pillowcases, silk hair ties are made to be gentle on your hair. The material itself glides over the cuticle (which is the outermost part of hair) without creating friction like a poly-blend band would. This keeps the cuticle closed, allowing the hair to remain hydrated and frizz-free. While silk scrunchies traditionally hold hair more loosely, which can help with breakage at night, silk hair ties grip onto hair more solidly, giving you all the benefits of the breakage-preventing material with better support for your hair.
So if you're someone, who works out, for example, a silk hair tie will keep your hair secure without all of the friction that can come from back-and-forth movements like running, spinning, or HIIT. Plus, they're super cute in your hair or when worn on your wrist as an accessory.
Why is all of this so important? You may not be able to see it, but breakage is real. To prevent it or reverse the effects, deep-conditioning treatments and hair masks are good to help replenish the hair. And of course, you'll want to snag the right hair ties to support your activities. Our go-tos at the moment are from Krystell Barraza, and they work in endless scenarios from jumping jacks to jumping into bed. Check out or faves ahead.
These silk hair ties come in a pack of three, so make sure to keep one on your wrist, one in your favorite bag, and one in your hair.
Also, here's how to prevent breakage on three different types of hair.
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