Could Your Ponytail Be Causing Your Headaches

If you wear your hair in a ponytail and you suffer from frequent headaches, there may be a connection. Surprisingly enough, the way you wear your hair can affect your health. Does this mean that you don’t have the option of tying your hair back to get out of the way? Not exactly.

Ponytail Headaches

What connection could there possibly be between your hairstyle and your brain? When you pull your hair back into a ponytail, this sometimes causes tension. You may be putting your hair under stress the entire time it’s tied up. It’s this tension that causes you to feel a headache.

If you have short hair that you tie up into a small ponytail, you probably don’t have this problem. Most people who get headaches from ponytails have hair that’s heavy, long and/or thick. The weight and thickness add more tension to an already tense situation.

How to Stop Your Ponytail Headaches

If you’ve got ponytail headaches, there are a couple of ways you can stop them without giving up on tying back your hair. The best option is to put your hair up into a bun.

Pull the strands of hair back just as if you’re going to tie it into a ponytail. But instead of doing that, wrap it around several times and stick a pin into it to hold it in place. What you’ve got now is a bun that causes no pulling, stretching or tension whatsoever on your scalp. The great thing about this is that you don’t even need any elastic.

Sleeping with a Ponytail

You may also get headaches because you’re sleeping in a ponytail. Although you don’t wear your hair up during the day, tying it up for your night’s sleep can cause the same prolonged tension and give you headaches.

Tying up your hair before you sleep keeps it out of your face and also prevents tangles. If you want to stop doing it this way, there are some other options. One is to opt for a night cap. It may not be attractive or stylish, but who’s going to see you anyway?

You can also braid your hair in loose braids. This is a bit more time-intensive of course, but one of the benefits is that it will give you natural waves and maybe even some curls when you wake up in the morning and undo it.

There’s also detangling spray that you can buy at your nearest beauty supply store. The way most products work, you use it right before bed and it keeps you from waking up in the morning with a giant dreadlock.

Your ponytail could be causing your headaches, so give it a rest for a while and see if they go away. If it turns out to be the cause, try one of the above methods to get it under control.