The phrase “everything in moderation” exists for a reason. Sure, we know to avoid too much sugar, too much sun, but what about too much time spent wearing the model bun? In a season of trendy sleek hairstyles, it’s hard to believe. But overwearing the ever-popular model bun hairstyle can actually damage your hair. Here’s why.
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Why You Shouldn’t Wear the Model Bun More Than Two Days in a Row
It’s fairly common knowledge that wearing your hair up every day is not good for your mane. This hard truth is easy to forget when throwing your hair back into a bun is the simplest way to look good, and get out of the house on time.
The fact is, pulling your hair back every day will cause breakage. Damage from these super tight hairstyles is normally noticed around the forehead and temples, as well as the nape of the neck. With the popularization of the model bun, we’re also starting to see an increase in split ends due to the twisting and tying required to secure the super sleek style. All this tension on your finest hair is what causes the snap.
The good news is that tension damage is fixable. By simply leaving your hair down more often, or opting for a loose braid, you can prevent future breakage and start to focus on healing your already broken baby hairs. However, due to lifestyle and career choices, wearing your hair down isn’t always an option. With that in mind, try wearing less physically stressful styles, along with reaching for a scrunchie for security rather than a tight hair elastic. Additionally, always avoid pulling your hair up when it is wet. Wet hair is the most fragile and is way more likely to snap when pulled back tightly.
Less-Damaging Bun Styles to Try Instead
If you’re willing to try a new, less damaging style, here are a few of our faves!
Low, Loose Bun
A low and loose bun is a less stressful way to pull your hair back. Not only will it reduce tension in the nape area, but leaving some hair out around your face will help prevent further breakage along the hairline.
Claw Clip Bun
The claw clip bun is similar to the low and loose bun, but even less stressful. With no hair ties or pins to be found, this bun style relies entirely on the claw clip. Claw clips tend to be less damaging as the weight of your hair is evenly distributed along the entire piece.
Using a scarf or handkerchief to tie up your low bun is even better. A scarf will help loosely tie up your lengths while providing little to no tension. If you want to try this look at home, we recommend a silk or satin scarf which is even better for your hair’s moisture content.
Wearing tight braids regularly isn’t good for your hair either, but a loose braid can make all the difference. Try softly twisting your lengths into a loose, boho-inspired plait and tying it with a soft scrunchie. If you need to pin up the excess, simply tick the bottom of your braid into your hairline and pin it.
Looking to prevent and heal existing breakage? HERE are six strengthening oils to help keep breakage at bay!