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January 1971

The Broken Ponytail

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

Arch Dermatol. 1971;103(1):101-102. doi:10.1001/archderm.1971.04000130103019

A commercial "ponytail holder" caused extensive hair breakage at the point of application after only two days of use. To our knowledge, this is the first instance of hair breakage due to the ponytail holder itself, and differs from the traction alopecia usually associated with this hair style.