By Renee Jacques, Allure
Yesterday I had the rare luxury of getting a blowout by a great stylist, Franklin Berry, who works at Hair & Co. in Brooklyn. During the blowout, we engaged in the usual stylist-client banter: Berry asked me about work, and I apologized to him for how damaged my hair is. But then Berry asked me if I wear my hair in a ponytail a lot.
He then touched a particular point of my head and asked, "You always put the elastic here, right?" I nodded, and he shook his head. "That's why you have a lot of breakage in this one spot," Barry said. The solution? Switch up the location of my hair elastic. Some of his suggestions: alternate between a high and low pony, throw it back to the '80s and rock a side pony on some days, just do anything to not have the elastic tugging on the same section of hair all the time.
We've explored this topic before. Dana Ionato, who works at Sally Hershberger Downtown in New York City, told us that many of her customers come in with this specific kind of hair-elastic damage. "Alternate how you wear your hair from workout to workout--a low ponytail, a fishtail braid, a high ponytail, a knot at the middle of the back of your head," says Ionato. "Just be conscious about putting your hair up. If you twist your hair to the right each time you work out, twist it the left on occasion." The more you know!
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