It’s not your imagination — certain styles can cause a headache, and an errant pin isn’t always to blame. Because they can strain the connective tissue in the scalp, ponytails, buns, and headbands can provoke headaches, especially if the style is tightly pulled back.1 Fortunately some of this spring’s hottest runway looks forgo those ow-inducing elements in favor of low ponytails, braids, and sideswept bangs. They may seem simple, but they’re sophisticated — and easy to replicate at home.
“Loose doesn’t necessarily mean less done. It’s a romantic and playful look,” explains Tomohiro Nakamoto, owner of New York City’s Pas De Deux Salon. Who said beauty had to hurt?
No ow-inducingly tight ponytails for you! A low pony at the nape of your neck can look stylish and sophisticated. Pull the hair back at the nape of your neck, then loop an elastic to keep it in place. Smooth back any flyaways with a light mist of your favorite hairspray. Finally, tie a ribbon around the ponytail. To make sure the pony and ribbon combo stays sophisticated — and not school photo day — make sure the ribbon is extra-thin, and skip tying it in a bow. Keeping the ends loose make the ribbon to function as an accessory, which — bonus! — means earrings are optional.