Should I Wear A Wet Ponytail?

by Gio
why you shouldn't wear a wet ponytail

Did you ever wear your hair in a wet ponytail?

Come on, we all did it.

Your hair is a dirty mess, but you don’t have time to wash it, dry it, style it… You’re running late, again. But going out of the house looking like that ain’t an option either…

You give it and get in the shower, shampoo your hair and… tie it up in a ponytail – without drying it first…

Your hair’s clean – no need to be ashamed of what your neighbours will think of you. Problem is, this quick fix can do more harm than good to your locks. Here’s why:

Why you shouldn’t wear a wet ponytail

Here’s the deal: wet hair is very fragile. It can stretch, making it more vulnerable to breakage. To avoid any damage, you have to treat it gently. And putting it up in a tight ponytail is often more than your hair can take.

If your hair is dirty and you don’t have time to wash it, then you’re better off wearing a hat or use a dry shampoo. You can always wash it properly once you come back home in the evening.

But if you really want to wear a wet ponytail, then make sure you use a wide-tooth comb to comb it and tie the ponytail loose to minimize the damage. Still, it’s better to just use dry shampoo. ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you ever wear a wet ponytail? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Annabella Freeman April 15, 2011 - 12:28 pm

I sometimes wear a wet ponytail around the house for a bit and then take it out as it brings out the curls in my hair. But I would never wear one all day. I don’t like having a wet head, it makes me feel grubby.

beautifulwithbrains April 15, 2011 - 7:04 pm

Annabella, I love how wet ponytails create waves in hair. Such a shame that it’s bad for hair though. But if you do it once in a while and don’t tie it too tight, it won’t cause much damage at all. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mylanqolia April 15, 2011 - 3:44 pm

Nope. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just a quessie: Why are the comments to the latest Essence LE closed?

beautifulwithbrains April 15, 2011 - 7:05 pm

Mylanqolia, ooops! Thanks for letting me now, I hadn’t noticed that! I just fixed it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Nikki April 15, 2011 - 3:54 pm

I won’t and will never do this no matter what happens! I’ve been taking care of my hair too much and I never even brush my hair wet! ๐Ÿ™‚

beautifulwithbrains April 15, 2011 - 7:06 pm

Nikki, that’s great. You have beautiful hair, so shiny and healthy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Trisha April 15, 2011 - 6:26 pm

It’s so rare when I do this. I mean very rare. Like a couple times a year. Frankly, I’m not much of a ponytail fan in general. For myself, anyway.

beautifulwithbrains April 15, 2011 - 7:07 pm

Trisha, I like ponytails but I think, like any other style, they don’t suit everyone. And it’s better for your hair that you don’t do it anyway, it’s not a good habit. ๐Ÿ™‚

Makeup Morsels April 15, 2011 - 11:53 pm

I’ve heard that wet ponytails are damaging to hair, so I’ll usually just put my hair up with a banana clip when it’s wet. I feel like it’s much less damaging, would you happen to know if it actually is though?

beautifulwithbrains April 16, 2011 - 7:08 am

Makeup Morsels, I think styling wet hair in any way can be a bit damaging but banana clips are a better choice than ponytails as they let the hair be looser. So, yes, banana clips are less damaging. ๐Ÿ™‚

LatestGirls April 16, 2011 - 9:19 am

Yeah, most of the times in the morning as I don’t have much time to dry out my hair, but I never prefer ponytails either. I like to use a headband instead.

beautifulwithbrains April 16, 2011 - 11:01 am

LatestGirls, I prefer headband to ponytails too, they’re cuter imo. ๐Ÿ™‚

La Bisbetica April 16, 2011 - 5:15 pm

I used to wear wet ponytails many years ago (when I didn’ t use hair straightener) during summer. I wanted to dry my hair without blowdryer but I hate when wet hair get on my face!
I guess blowdryers and straighteners are even worse of wet ponytails, though…

beautifulwithbrains April 16, 2011 - 5:40 pm

La Bisbetica, yes, blowdryers and straighteners are very bad for hair too. If you really have to use them, apply a heat protective product beforehand as that’ll help to minimize the damage. ๐Ÿ™‚

Stavroula Plag April 17, 2011 - 11:48 pm

Guilty as charged! I’ve done it numerous times lol! But the ponytail I do is never too tight, otherwise I will definitely get a headache. x

beautifulwithbrains April 18, 2011 - 12:06 pm

Stavroula, I think it is a common mistake we’ve all being guilty of every now and then. But if it’s not too high, it shouldn’t really cause many problems.. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ginny June 5, 2011 - 2:22 am

Actually, it’s a really really bad idea to leave your hair in a wet ponytail. My hairdresser told me your hair can grow mold that way.

beautifulwithbrains June 5, 2011 - 2:43 pm

Ginny, that’s because mold needs a moist environment to grow, but I wouldn’t really worry too much about it. You would just need to be careful and, it’s better if you don’t do it often.

Carrie June 15, 2011 - 6:35 pm

Can putting hair up in a bun while its wet also cause this damage? (I’m guilty of that nearly every day…) And if so, how can this be reversed…this might be a reason for my frizzy hair ๐Ÿ™

beautifulwithbrains June 15, 2011 - 8:06 pm

Carrie, hair is very fragile when wet so styling it in any way, bun included, can cause some damage. Damaged hair can be a cause of frizzy hair. If the bun is loose though, the damage will be minimal, but tight buns should be avoided. Damaged hair can’t be repaired but you can improve its appearance by using a good conditioner (this should help with frizzy hair too).

AlishaElly February 20, 2013 - 10:42 am

My mum told me if I wet my hair, I will get itchy scalp. I didn’t listen to her so I just did the routine. After a few days, I had an itchy, very itchy scalp. How can I prevent it?

beautifulwithbrains February 20, 2013 - 8:33 pm

AlishaElly, by tying your hair when wet for a prolonged period of time you may create a moist environment when fungi can thrive and grow, hence the itchy scalp. To prevent it, you should blowdrying your hair before tying it in a ponytail.

AlishaElly February 20, 2013 - 10:43 am

Sorry, I meant tie my hair a ponytail when it’s wet.

dixiekiller October 17, 2015 - 11:11 am

i always tie my hair with wet hair what will happen?

Gio October 17, 2015 - 4:04 pm

Dixiekiller, it’d be best not to do that. But if you really must, don’t tie it too tightly.

Kathy November 26, 2015 - 9:34 pm

Hi I had my hair in a bun all day just after washing it and now my scalp is itchy what can I use to treat it please

Gio November 27, 2015 - 6:07 pm

Kathy, just give it a good wash. Often, that’s enough. If the problem persist, you may want to see a specialist.


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