3 Reasons to Stop Wearing Hair Ties Around Your Wrist

4 years ago

You may have heard that wearing hair ties on your wrist can be bad for your health, but you may not have paid much attention to this. It turns out that this isn’t just a horror story from doctors, but a reality, and these words should be taken seriously.

We, at Bright Side, explored how this can affect us, and here’s what we learned. In the bonus we’ve prepared a life hack that will help you remove this habit from your life.

1. It may cause circulatory problems.

When you put a rubber band on your wrist, you pinch the blood vessels. This interferes with the normal movement of blood in the body. As a result, you could develop carpal tunnel syndrome which manifests itself in prolonged pain and numbness of the fingers.

2. It can lead to a life-threatening infection.

Audree Kopp, from the US, showed us what can happen if you constantly wear a hair tie on your wrist. She found a growing bump on her wrist. The doctor prescribed antibiotics for her, but they didn’t help, and she had to undergo surgery.

It turns out that when you wear a hair tie on your wrist for a long time, it injures the skin due to the friction and compression it causes. Bacteria from the elastic band itself and from the skin can then enter this wound and infect it.

3. It can ruin your look.

Yes, there’s no accounting for taste, but wearing hair ties on the wrist is hardly stylish. It would be much better to choose some elegant bracelet or watch that will fit your look better.

Bonus: A practical way to store a bunch of hair ties

Usually women wear hair bands on their wrists so they don’t lose them. This tip will help you organize dozens of elastic bands. Just use a carabiner. It’s very small and doesn’t take up much space, so you can even take it with you in your bag.

Do you wear hair ties around your wrist? What pros and cons can you list based on your own experience?


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I wear one at home because then it's easier when i need a ponytail!


Does this count for bracelets in general or just these things?


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