Ask Jean: Ponytail Hair
We want to answer your most pressing questions—or, you know, just the things that you’re curious about. Please keep them coming to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Below, a q for our beauty director, Jean Godfrey-June.
Dear Jean, I love to run, and I love to work out in general—Pilates, yoga, even the occasional CrossFit. But in the process, I leave weird dents in my hair from putting it into a ponytail. The ponytails cause some hair breakage, too. How do I get my hair to bounce back after a hair tie? —Suki W.
Dear Suki, The same people who make the fantastic pure silk pillowcases (they preserve a hairstyle overnight/discourage wrinkles) have turned their attentions, brilliantly, to ponytail elastics.
I was resistant at first: I have fairly slippery hair. When whatever ponytail solution I have going collapses midway through a run or a yoga class, my hair droops and tangles uselessly around my face, stopping everything until I scrape it back together. A satin hair tie resembling a thinner, chicer version of an ’80s scrunchie seemed unpromising in the slippage department; its formal-event appropriateness did not exactly scream “tough.”
But I took it running with me on the dirty, dusty trail behind my house, and it proved to be tougher than the hair-breaking, split-end-causing, tangle-inducing OG regular hair ties we all depend on.