Ariana Grande is known for her signature high ponytail, but she revealed in a Twitter exchange with Camila Cabello that it does not actually feel that great.
The following happened: Cabello shared with her fans on Sunday that she had made a high ponytail "for the first time", adding that it would "attract my BRAIN ITS SO PAINFUL", before Grande was asked how she does it all the time. Grande replied by saying that she gets it – she's "constantly in pain and [doesn’t] cares at all." Finally Cabello revealed that she just could not stand her anymore Drop hair.
The singer exchange made us wonder how bad it is to endure the inconvenience of a super-tight pony regularly?
As you can imagine, experts say you should probably avoid a haircut that causes you pain.
If you wear a tight, high bangs like Cabello and Grande, your hair follicles are strained, Dr. Samantha B. Conrad, director of clinical practice at Northwestern Memorial Department of Dermatology, Hospital Group, tells SELF. Your follicles are tiny pockets of your skin that surround the hair root. And the nerves and blood vessels in your scalp nourish your hair roots, says the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).
https://twitter.com/Camila_Cabello/status/1059170803613384705  But if you pull your hair up and up, your hair will be drawn backwards at a sharp angle that "puts the follicular unit under tension and strangles the unit," Dr. Conrad. And since there are nerve endings, this tension can cause pain. This is especially true if your hair is long or thick or if you are wearing extensions, as this adds weight to the ponytail. "That will cause even more traction on the hair follicles," says Dr. Conrad.
But it's not just pain that you have to worry about – this type of tension on your hair follicles can cause permanent problems.
Chronic traction on the hair follicles can lead to permanent thinning of the hair. " Dr. Joshua Zeichner a New York City-based dermatologist and head of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center says SELBST. This type of hair loss is known as Traction Alopecia says the AAD .
"When you begin to put tension on the shaft and hair follicles of the hair, this is a constant and chronic pressure will eventually destroy this hair shaft and damage the follicle itself." Ken L. Williams, Jr., DO , FISHRS, surgeon at St. Joseph Hospital and founder of Orange County Hair Restoration in Irvine, Calif., Told SELF. "And that can lead to tractionalopeia."
Fortunately, it is possible to stop this type of hair loss before it becomes permanent. So, if you start to notice hair loss after wearing your hair in a certain way, you should stop ASAP, Temitayo Ogunleye, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. "Initially, this hair loss may be temporary, but over time [it] may become permanent," she says.
You can also get a headache regularly by wearing a tight, high ponytail. "It's because of the pressure, as if you're wearing too tight a headband," says Dr. Conrad. "Your body does not like that pressure, and your head can hurt to let you know that it does not like what you're doing."
If you love the look of a high-ponytail, there are ways to make it easy carry on.
To wear such a hairstyle chronically is not great for the reasons mentioned above. Conrad. But you certainly do not have to give it up completely.
The problem is not so much the ponytail itself – tension alopecia can occur with a high or low ponytail or even with pigtails or pigtails – but how much has he retired? Signatory. "Try to pull the hair loosely backwards to avoid possible pulling forces on the follicles," he says. You can try to pull your hair into a high pony and then loosen the area in front of the rubber band to lessen the tension you create. However, keep in mind that this can be difficult if you have many long, thick hair or thick hair extensions.
It's also a good idea to try turning in other styles that will make your follicles a bit gentler. Dr. Ogunleye says. So one day, maybe, wear a high ponytail, followed by the next hair, and consider removing your ponytail as quickly as possible when you come home to pause your follicles.
But if you're regular If you're in pain when putting your hair on, this really is a sign that you need to change it.