The Ponytail Pitfall


Ponytail Pitfall (pn-tl ptfôl)

n. Common phenomenon that causes one to resort to the trusty ponytail on an everyday basis. Often a result of laziness or lack of hair care knowledge.

Today I realized that I’ve become a victim of the Ponytail Pitfall.

It began innocently enough.

After my weekly wash, I put my hair in a ponytail to dry like I always do. (I can’t stand wet hair on my neck/back or water dripping everywhere.) I fell asleep with the ponytail in and awoke the next morning running late for work.

Solution? Finger comb back into place and keep it movin’ smileys

What began as a quick and easy styled morphed into my crutch for a week. Some days I didn’t even undo the ponytail; just got up and ran a quick brush over it. *don’t stone me*

I’m surprised I fell so easily into the trap knowing the dangers of constant ponytails. Wearing them too tight and too often can cause headaches and permanent hair loss. I already have a weak hairline so this is doubly dangerous for me.

So what’s a girl to do when it’s hot and humid outside? Because really, who wants hair plastered to their neck when it’s hot and humid?

One alternative: A quick and easy updo.

Here’s an inspiring curly pipe cleaner tutorial. When you’re done be sure to check out CurlyNewGrowth some more on YouTube.

NHBG readers, have you fallen victim to the Ponytail Pitfall? If so, please share how you escaped and offer some fresh new styles to try.

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8 Responses so far.

  1. zainab1 says:

    No I have yet to fall into the ponytail pit fall. Because I’m still in TWA stage, but hell girl I can’t wait to be able to say I’m in a “ponytail pitfall”. Just to get my hair in a ponytail will be exciting (lol).

    I say try the updo…It’s sharp!

    Take care,


  2. I have fallen into the puff pitfall. It’s just so easy. I guess we both need to do better.

  3. Ness says:

    I feel like i’m on of the few people who just never wears ponytails. I did when I wore weaves and synthetic braids but since being natural and growing locs i’ve never really worn it in a ponytail, i think because i can’t stand that tight feeling at the back of my head, i feel the stress seconds after putting it in a ponytail and i immediately wear my hair down again lol.

  4. jonathan says:

    you should just get you some tam hats, they’re big enough for all your hair so it wont be everywhere when you want to get it out the way

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