Hair loss and your elastic go hand in hand, literally.
It almost never happens that you can take out a ponytail and find it totally clean, with no loose hairs attached – or no hairs fallen out as a result. We wanted to know if there was a real connection between elastics and seasonal hair loss and hair loss in general, so we reached out to Celebrity Hairstylist, Nate Rosenkranz.
Elastic Stress v. Seasonal Hair Loss
While Nate wouldn’t exactly say that elastics lead to seasonal hair loss, they certainly aren’t helping anything. “Seasonal shed is a normal process,” confirms Nate. “Excessive tension and stress on your delicate strands from using the wrong elastic, tying it to tight or wearing it in situations where excessive friction can put undue stress on your strands will only add negatively to the situation.”
While this is an all too common problem, Nate notes that it’s important to make the distinction between normal healthy hair shedding and hair loss. “On average we typically shed 80 to100 hairs every day. This is part of a typical and healthy hair cycle. During certain times of the year, you may notice an increase in shedding, especially in late fall. This is known as seasonal shedding and is very common and shouldn’t be cause for concern. It’s important to always practice healthy hair and scalp habits and give some extra love during these particular months. Your seasonal shedding should stabilize and go back to normal so don’t sweat it too much,” he continues.
While Nate places the most common time for seasonal shedding as the late Fall season, for some it’s also felt acutely in the springtime.
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Steer Clear of Rubber and Plastic
To avoid shedding from elastics, steer clear of scrunchies made of rubber or plastic which can easily get caught and tangled. “Also important is to remove your elastic before going to bed! The friction on your pillow while you sleep is your delicate strands worst enemy,” says Nate.
Stopping the shed from elastics is as simple as choosing the right hair tie. “Always opt for elastics that are gentle on your strands. Aside from seasonal shedding, with the shift in seasons, depending in what climate you live in, hair can also get drier in the Fall months,” he adds.
Dry hair is an issue because it can become more brittle and susceptible to breakage. “Pulling your hair back in a bun or ponytail can add stress to your strands causing tension and ultimately the strands can snap. Opt for a fabric scrunchie or elastic like the Goody Forever Ouchless Elastics which are gentler on your hair versus one made of rubber or plastic which can easily get caught and tangled.”
If you find yourself losing too much hair every time you let down your style, Nate reassures us that you shouldn’t sweat it. “It’s normal and everything will balance out. Just give your hair a little extra love and attention.”
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