Is your hair broken or feel damaged where your hair tie normally sits? If you use elastic hair ties or rubber bands, it probably is. Not only does it add friction to your hair, but the combined weight of your ponytail and squeezing of the elastic hair tie can put a lot of stress on your strands.
"When you wear your hair in the same ponytail every day, you're adding stress to the same spot over and over and over again, and eventually that's going to cause your hair to snap and break off at the base of the ponytail," Jenna Marie Shafer, a session stylist and the lead pro educator for Amika, told Byrdie.
But, if you’re a total ponytail-type of gal, don’t worry — PONY-O can help. PONY-O is a revolutionary hair accessory that bends to hold hair in place. It creates a fuller-looking ponytail that’s totally comfortable, and best of all, is non-damaging.
PONY-O is a silicone-coated malleable metal circle that has tiny silicone pillows to hug hair and hold it in place. Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Using your thumb and forefinger, pull your hair through the PONY-O, making sure to keep it close to your head.
Step 2: Let go of your ponytail so it falls behind your head. Then, squeeze the PONY-O so it’s flat on your head and holding your hair in place.
Step 3: Using your thumbs, bend each side of the PONY-O downwards towards the base of your head (one side at a time). The ends should curve to create a sort of horseshoe shape. You’ll probably be tempted to, but don’t bend your PONY-O sides all at once or in the middle. We promise, it’s better this way.
If you pull on your ponytail to tighten it like you would with an elastic, that will open and loosen the PONY-O. It’s OK, it takes a little time to get used to it! Just pull the PONY-O back down close to your head, and bend the ends back again.
PONY-O can replace so many of your hair ties, not just the incredibly damaging ones. Here are a few you should consider ditching for this incredible hair accessory.
1. Elastic Hair Ties
As mentioned, elastic hair ties do more harm than good for your hair. Whether it’s the elastics coated in fabric or the ones that are literally just tied elastic fabric, they’re all the same. Not only do they cause damage where your ponytail is tied, but they have to pull on their hair tightly to keep it up. This pulls on the hair follicle at your scalp, which can also cause damage where your hair grows and cause headaches.
2. Satin Scrunchies
Satin scrunchies may be less damaging than elastic hair ties, due to the smoother fabric, but they still have to pull on hair to hold it up. Worst of all, they lose their shape fast. PONY-O's malleable metal will never lose its shape, because it doesn't stretch.
Plus, PONY-O is waterproof and sweatproof. You can’t wear a satin scrunchie in the pool and you probably wouldn’t wear it for a workout (it might even slide out). But with PONY-O, you can do it all.
3. Spiral Hair Ties
Spiral or coil hair ties are usually made with plastic, so they’re waterproof. They’re also advertised as non-damaging. However, you still use it like an elastic, so it causes friction and constricts hair, which can damage it. It’s also what causes the ponytail crease.
And, after a few wears, they totally stretch out. The more they stretch, the more you have to tie them around your hair to hold up your ponytail.
Sometimes spiral hair ties can also make your ponytail lay a little uneven. PONY-O ensures the perfect voluminous ponytail every single time.
4. Claw Clips
Claw clips can hold hair up in a’90s French twist or just pull it back off your face. But, the teeth on the clips tend to break off in thick hair. They also can dig at your scalp, which is definitely uncomfortable. If you love a French twist, you can try this clip-less version with PONY-O instead.
5. Bobby Pins
If you like to wear your hair up in a bun, you’ve probably gone through hundreds of bobby pins. They stretch out, fall out, and sometimes even dig at the scalp. However, you can use PONY-O to create a top knot. After you’ve secured your ponytail, wrap your hair around the PONY-O to make a bun, and tuck the ends into the accessory.
You could also use another one of our accessories, BUN BARZ, to create the perfect, salon-worthy bun. After you’ve put hair up with a PONY-O, slide the BUN BARZ up your ponytail, roll it down toward your hair, overlap the ends to make a circle, and gently slide your hair around the BUN BARZ. Give it a good squeeze to mold it into a circle shape and you’re done.
Stop Damaging Your Hair
If you like to wear your hair in a ponytail or a bun, put it up without damaging it. PONY-O is easy to use, soft to the touch, waterproof and never stretches out. Plus, it’s actually comfortable. Make the switch to PONY-O! It really is a no-brainer.
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