We all just want a fuss-free hairstyle to get us through the day. And with a ton of work and responsibilities on our plate, the high ponytail or the topknot is the quickest and easiest way to get all that hair out of the way. The high ponytail and topknot mean business. You’ll look sophisticated and put-together with the least amount of effort. But is your ponytail giving you a headache? We’re talking about that annoying dull ache you feel along your hairline and in the middle of your scalp, which can sometimes progress to a full-blown headache towards the end of the day.
Well, you’re most definitely not alone!
Ponytail pain getting you down?
According to Dr. Denise E. Chou, a neurologist at Columbia University Medical Center, those who experience headaches while wearing a ponytail are already migraine-prone individuals. A recent study showed that 1 in every 4 women suffer from migraines, and it affects 3 times more women than men. This disorder causes sensory hypersensitivity around the face and scalp. Even if you don’t frequently experience migraines, the physical strain and tension alone of tying your hair too tightly will activate the sensory endings of your nerves, which can lead to a headache. Prolonged wear of tight ponytails can also lead to irreversible hair loss, known as traction alopecia.
Don’t lose your hair over a ponytail!
How to prevent ponytail headaches
Data from recent studies show that supplements like Vitamin B2 and magnesium can help to relieve migraines and headaches by stabilizing the hypersensitivity of the brain. But the easiest way to prevent ponytail headaches is to simply relax your daily hairstyle. Check out these 5 tips!
- Wear your ponytail loosely or lower on your head (below your ears), to prevent adding stress to your hairline.
- Opt for a loose low bun and pin it in place with bobby pins or a big hair clip.
- Change up your hairstyle and hair parting throughout the week. Avoid any hairstyles that constrict the scalp, like tight elastic bands and hairbands.
- Let your hair loose whenever you can.
- Take care of your scalp by treating it to a hair mask or massaging it with argan or coconut oil 2 to 3 times a week.