If you have long hair, chances are you love it but at times also hate it. Specifically, you’ve probably had at least one case of a “long hair headache”. Those headaches can become a serious problem and I have heard of several people, who cut off all their beautiful locks just to solve this.
What are the reasons for a long hair headache?
First of all, you want to identify the source of your long hair headache, so you know what to do about it. There are a few different reasons for this particular type of pain. Let’s start with the most unlikely one.
Headache reason number 1: Heavy hair
Many people think that the weight of their hair alone is responsible for their headache. This is very unlikely. Your scalp is perfectly able to deal with a normal amount of hair.
Unless you always have a headache, no matter how you wear your hair, the weight of your hair is probably not the reason.
Headache reason number 2: Going against the grain
A way more common reason for the infamous long hair headache is styling your hair in a new way. You can recognize this by the scalp pain that goes with it.
When you pull the hair roots in a direction they are not used to go, this can cause quite a bit of discomfort.
Headache reason number 3: The fake facelift
This reason is pretty similar to our headache cause number two. It’s also related to increased stress for the hair roots. Just in this case you are not simply pulling your hair in a new direction. You are pulling it back way too strongly. Hence the name “fake facelift”.
You know those super chic, sleek ponytails? They look amazing, but they can also hurt quite a bit!
Headache reason number 4: Straining your neck muscles
Last but not least, your long hair headache might be stemming from your neck muscles.
Those can be aggravated in two main ways.
- You make a tight, low twisted bun. I don’t know if you have worn one of those, but I can tell you: It doesn’t only twist your hair. Those sensitive neck muscles get quite some tension from it, too! And it hurts after a while!
- Your hairdo throws off your head balance. By this I mean: Your updo requires your neck muscles to balance the head in a way different from normal. Putting all the weight of your hair in a big bun that is not in the right position will increase your chances of creating a headache big time!
Avoid the long hair headache
If you are unlucky, you might experience a combination of headache reasons. And this might lead you to think that long hair simply isn’t for you… But there are some things you want to try first!
Headache solution number 1: Spread it out
When you put your hair up, make sure the weight is evenly distributed over the head. This way your neck muscles don’t need to find a new way of balancing.
Granted, the Tymoshenko crown is not everyone’s style. But what about a comfy top knot? You can easily adjust the position to make it feel like there is no weight at all!
Headache solution number 2: Keep it close
If you make buns on the back of your head, make them close to your head. You don’t want them to “stick out”. Because the longer your bun, the further away from the natural balance you get.
A great example of a flatter bun that you can do even with very long hair is the lazy wrap bun. Check out the video below for a quick tutorial.
Headache solution number 3: Double it
You love ponytails, but always end up with a mean headache? Try the “double tail” variant!
First, separate a section of hair from the top of your head. Don’t take too little, it should be about half of all your hair.
Make a ponytail exactly where you want your final ponytail to be.
Afterwards, take the rest of your hair, brush it towards the first ponytail and maybe even wrap it around once. Now fix it up with a second hair tie. This way the weight should be distributed a bit better.
Headache solution number 4: Yin and Yang
Make sure you find a good balance between making your hairdo too loose and too firm. Both extremes can contribute to your discomfort.
Making a loose updo definitely means stress for your poor hair roots. And stress for your hair roots means scalp pain!
Pulling your hair up too tight is definitely also a bad idea. But you know that already.
Headache solution number 5: Change the pace
Sometimes you and your scalp will be just more sensitive than usual. For days like that, I make it a habit to simply change my hairstyle every few hours. This can be as easy as making my lazy wrap bun in a slightly different spot. This way you don’t have the pressure (or the pulling) in the same place all day.
Headache solution number 6: Get creative
The last of my tips is a bit more of a general advice.
Figure out which way of styling your hair is the most painful for you. Then do some research to find new styles giving you an easier time.
If taking your hair straight back is a sure fire way for you to get a headache, maybe try braiding them along the temples and then back. If a top knot just makes your scalp scream, do a bun on the back of your head. There are always alternatives! And you might learn some cute new hairstyles along the way!
How do you deal with the long hair headache?
How are you dealing with headaches from your hair? Got any tips? Let me know in the comments and remember to pin this for later!