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Know more: Take that hair band off your wrist!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

It’s convenient, it’s trendy, but it’s also a health hazard. Pearl Mathias tells you why you should keep the elastic band on your hair, and off your wrist

Doesn’t it feel nice to be able to crunch your hair into a ponytail within a matter of seconds, especially given the sweltering weather that has descended upon us? If you have long hair, we’re sure you’ve got an emergency band tucked away inside your bag, but it’s so much easier when it’s on your wrist, isn’t it? There’s no apparent downside, other than the fact that the wrong pick could ruin a chic outfit. Until now, that is...

Why you need to be wary
For starters, the tight elastic on your wrist can cause an infection. Surprised? So were we, when we read a report by WLKY News, the local news source at Louisville. Audrey Kopp’s doctor, Amit Gupta believed that the resident of Louisville, Kentucky, developed an unpleasant bump where she had her glittery band on for too long because bacteria got trapped underneath the tie, leading to an infection that caused massive swelling. While this is a rare case, it’s something to be wary of.

If this isn’t reason enough for you to pull the band off your wrist, there’s the unattractive red line it leaves on your wrist. This indicates that the band is too tight and it can cut off circulation. In fact, your favourite band may not be as good for your hair either. The strands of hair that come off with your band indicate that it’s not really the best way to tie your hair. Pick a loose braid or use clips to hold your hair in place instead.

In a nutshell
From circulation issues to bacteria concerns, we’ve already peeled ours off our wrists. But, if all the health hazards aren’t enough to keep you away from the elastic band, think about how much better your outfit will look with a chic accessory on your wrist instead!

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