Keep it dry
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“Let your hair dry before putting it up,” says says Alli Webb, hairstylist, founder of Drybar salons and author of The Drybar Guide to Good Hair For All. This will save you from damage. Wet hair is much more fragile than dry hair, making it more prone to breakage and splitting. Learn more about keeping your hair healthy with these nighttime habits that ruin your hair.
Know when to brush
A brush with soft boar bristles is best for smoothing bumps on the top of your head that occur when you’re wrapping the elastic around your ponytail. But “if you’re trying to achieve a ponytail with more texture, use your fingers to smooth bumpy hair,” says Webb. Check out the 12 worst things you can do to your hair.