Tight ponytails yank on the delicate hairs at the front of the scalp, which can cause your hair to fall out. Over time, this hair loss can become permanent. Even if you don’t pull tightly enough to damage your hair at the roots, wearing a pony in the same spot every day can break the shafts where the fastener lies. To protect your precious pony, vary the location, make sure your hair elastic has a fabric covering—and be gentle for goodness’ sake!

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