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Experts Warn Not To Put Your Hair In A Ponytail If You're Going To Sweat

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During the summer or when you're exercising, it's not ideal to have your hair all over your face.

Once you start to break a sweat, your forehead starts to dampen, and the last thing you need is hair sticking to your face and clouding your vision.  

The easy solution is to just pull your hair back.

However, hair and scalp specialists say although pulling your hair back in a ponytail would make sense, it's not the best thing to do.

When you break a sweat, it's not just your underarms, back, and forehead that turn into faucets. The fact is that your whole scalp sweats like any other part of your body, and interestingly, it's usually the place that sweats the most.

Sweat causes pores to open up and let out oil, salt, fat, and water.

Studies have shown that when these liquids are secreted, they mix with the keratin in the hair, leading to some devastating consequences for your hair, and possibly, self-confidence.

Hair and scalp experts warn that constantly adopting this hairstyle causes too much traction in your hair, which exponentially increases someone's risk of early hair loss.

Ponytails, especially if they're too tight, cause too much traction on the hair, which may lead to traction alopecia.

This hair condition affects the hair roots that have been constantly tugged for long periods of time.

"Overly tight hairstyles, such as wearing your hair in tight ponytail or braid, can put too much traction on the hair and hair follicle," Anabel Kingsley, a member of the Institute of Trichologists, told the Daily Mail. "As a rule of thumb, if a style hurts your scalp – it will likely be damaging to your hair."

Alopecia, which is a medical term for hair loss, may not be entirely preventable. Hair loss can happen for a variety of genetic or medical reasons, but traction alopecia can be avoided easily.

Hairstyles like braids, tight buns, ponytails, and extensions can all result in early balding.

If the damage is caught early on, it can be reversed with time, but that means an individual has to start adopting a new hairstyle.

However, if hair follicles are too damaged, hair may not grow back in certain areas, and the only solution would be to get hair plugs to restore the growth.

Kingsley encourages women seeking help with hair loss at her clinic to adopt looser hairstyles to prevent them going bald while sweating.

A loose braid or ponytail will help to keep your hair out your face while preventing damage to your hair follicles.

Moojan has been a writer at Shared for a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.