There are various jobs that require that you put your hair up: cooks, doctors, and even ballerinas. Many just like the bun or tight ponytail, but you have to remember that your hair, even though it can be very strong, can break easily from the constant pull, creating permanent damage. A former dancer is speaking out about the dangers of wearing your hair too tight, which led her to having to get a follicular transplant.
According to Good Housekeeping, Diva Hollands, started doing ballet when she was 3 years old, the former ballerina who is now 22 started wearing her hair in a tight bun for many years, until she realized that her long-time hairdo led to considerable hair loss.
The former ballerina suffered from bullying, kids made fun of her saying that she had “a forehead the size of a soccer field,” which really made her feel self-conscious. She quit dance at 18 and focused on her modeling career and her 2 children. After having children she lost even more hair and this is when she decided to go through an 8-hour follicular transplantation. The procedure involves moving strips of skin with hair from the back of the patient’s scalp to the body part where there’s no hair. Her condition is known as traction alopecia, which is the medical term for this type of hair loss.
What can you do to prevent this from happening? If you have a job that requires you to wear your hair up, then you have to change the way you put your hair up. Opt for loose-fitting buns, instead of buns that pull your skin. Try a loose fitting braid instead that keeps your hair in place, but doesn’t pull your hair too much. If you feel your skin pulling or have headaches at the end of the day, then your bun is too tight! Avoid hair scrunchies with too much elastic or with metal thread, which can cause your hair to pull and break. Make sure you let your hair down at the end of the day and never sleep with you hair tied, which can be extremely uncomfortable and bad for your hair follicles of course!