PSA: Saving Your Strands


ponytail2(I know some of you want my T-shirt ;). Sorry, it was a limited edition!)

Hey guys! Just popping on here really quickly to share a little length retention tip that may seem like “duhhhhh” to some. But, was something that really just hit me a couple of years ago.

Okay, so … what had happened was … I had my hair secured with two Goody Ouchless ponytail elastics for, like, a week. I had not done anything with my hair all week, except put some gel on the edges to make it look presentable. So, when I was finally taking out the elastics to pre-poo, this happened …

tangledwebNo bueno!

Now, my first instinct was to pull and tug on the hair to try to free it. But, after a minute, I realized that was not working too well. Then, I thought, “I’m going to have to cut my hair off of this!” But, then, I immediately thought, “STOP!!! Are you stupid?!? Doesn’t it make so much more sense to cut the ELASTIC?!?” I mean, really!! Lose 50 cents instead of losing months of growth? #soundslikeaplantome

After I cut the elastic, I was able to slide it out of my hair and then detangle the knotted hair. Funny thing is, a similar thing happened to me a couple of years ago. My hair got wrapped around a neck button at the back of my shirt and I couldn’t get it free. Someone was helping me free it and finally gave up saying, “I think we have to cut your hair.” I was like, “Uh, no. Cut the button off the thread. The button can be sewn back on, my hair can’t!”



What “common sense” hair strategies have you learned to use to protect your strands?


23 responses »

  1. Wow! That Should be common sense, but it wasn’t to me!!! Thank you sooooo much for sharing! I’ve ripped out way too many of my fine, precious stands that way!!! #hairsaver! 🙂


  2. That IS one awesome shirt! Lol. And yes, it does make a lot of sense to just cut the band! Knowing me, I probably would have been fighting with that thing for a little more than a minute before I’d think to just cut IT and not my hair. I actually use a plastic-y type of band by Scuncii now. I guess because they’re not fabric, there’s less of a chance of getting tangled in the hair. Been working out great for me.


  3. Great tip! You know I never have thought of that either so Thank You! I usually will rub little oil on my hair bubble. It not only helps to have a little “slip” with the hair bubble but it also will not draw out as much moisture from the hair that is wrapped with the hair bubble.


    • I’ve tried the oil on the hair band, but it hasn’t worked that great for me. Most of the time I don’t leave a ponytail elastic in my hair for a week either though!! So, that’s what caused this nasty knot. Usually I take any ponytails down at the end of the day and will re-do them the next day or I’ll use a Goody Comfort Flex barrette or a banana clip if I’m going to leave it in a day or two. But, next time I think I’m going to have the elastic in for a while, I’ll have to try the oil trick, it can’t hurt!!


  4. I felt SOOO stupid when I read this. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve torn out a tangle in frustration. I will definitely do better.

    Oh & I LOOOOVE this shirt! Hey… if you don’t have it already, you should put the Calvin & Hobbes 10th anniversary book on your X-mas list. You won’t be disappointed!


    • Is that the hard bound 2 book collection or the book where Bill Watterson talks about his inspirations for C&H? If the former, been eyeing that for years, but haven’t gotten it yet (it’s, like $100, and no one buys me a gift that expensive ;)). If the latter, got it :). I have every collection of C&H too, so I have all of the strips and the color sundays. I’ve been a C&H fan from the beginning and got every collection as it was released :).

      And yes girl, cut the other stuff, not your hair!! Took me a while to figure that one out too!! The length journey is what made it click! LOL!! Preservation is everything!


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  6. When I saw the lady I was like oh it’s her, only because her texture is so fine and seems easy to grow hair. I thought this was a post about a lady with really rough hair who had figured out the secret to growth.


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