Do Ponytails Cause Hair Loss?

Does wearing your hair in a ponytail cause hair loss?

Recently there has been more correlations found between hair styles and hair loss. This includes how tight you wear a ponytail, how often your hair extensions are, and how often you color-treat your hair. Many of us have heard that wearing a ponytail will increase hair loss. This statement is false in most situations, however some hair styles can lead to hair loss.

Putting wet hair in a ponytail

Putting wet hair in a ponytail is the easiest way to damage hair. Wet hair is in a fragile state and should be handled lightly. Pulling or stretching your hair when wet can cause breakage.

Hair styles that cause hair loss

Hair Loss from Hair Extensions

 This is one of the most common forms of hair loss in young women. Hair extensions are used to increase density, add volume, and give the illusion of thicker hair. Hair extensions need proper care and to be rotated often. When extensions are heavy and not rotated properly it begins to pull on the hair shafts.  Long-term pulling damages the follicle, hair no longer will grow, and bald spots will occur.

Tight Hair Styles Cause Traction Hair Loss

Cornrows, braids, and other tight pulling hair styles often leads to hair loss. This form of hair loss is traction alopecia. The constant pulling and tugging on the hair shaft has damaged the follicle. Traction hair loss is permanent.



Hair Loss from Processed Hair and Hair Dye

The latest hair trends have lead to hair loss for many women. Drastic color changes and over-processed hair can cause unhealthy damaged hair. It may seem like a great idea to go from a brunette hair color to silver. However the steps to get there include stripping your hair, using harsh chemicals, and multiple sessions of hair dye. This often removes nutrients and protein from hair making ends easy to break.

Should I Wear A Ponytail While Sleeping?

Hear from our Team Member & Los Angeles Hair Loss Expert – Stephen M. @hair_entrepreneur as he shares “13 Tips For Better Hair While Sleeping” from


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