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Saturday 17 August 2019

Why you should never wear your hair tie on your wrist

Why you should never wear your hair tie on your wrist
Why you should never wear your hair tie on your wrist

Amy Mulvaney

You'll want to take that hair tie off your wrist after reading this.

We're all guilty of realising that we've left a hair tie on our wrist for too long when we look to find a deep red indent sinking into our skin, but what does wearing a hair tie really do to your wrist?

Firstly, think about the journey your bobbin goes on throughout the day. You might drop it on the floor, hold in to your mouth while you're doing a pony tail, throw it into your sweaty gym bag - that's a lot of bacteria being picked up.

The collection of bacteria combined with the rubbing of the bobbin on your wrist can result in serious infections, New York City dermatologist Michele J. Farber told Allure.

“A hair tie may cause a cut or an abrasion on your wrist after chronically rubbing on your wrist,” she said.

“If the cut is deep enough, it can allow bacteria that normally live on the skin, or potentially dangerous pathogens such as MRSA or E. coli, to penetrate to deeper layers where they do not belong. The earliest sign is a painful pink bump, which can grow into an abscess.”

Farber said that washing your hair ties and replacing them regularly can prevent infection, while wearing a looser hair tie also helps.

“Although infections from hair bands are uncommon, wash them with antibacterial soap or recycle them every so often to help reduce your risk,” she advised.

“Maintaining proper hand hygiene is also important for preventing infection as well. It's also helpful to keep your hair tie loose around your wrist so that it does not chronically rub or irritate the area.”

Maybe it's not such a bad thing that our bobbins keep getting lost, then.

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