I have found a solution that worked excellently. I did the french braid as in trial 3 and used a scrunchie instead of a regular hair tie. It dispersed the weight and held my hair loosely enough that I didn’t get a headache at all. I have to add that my sister was with me today and asked if scrunchies were back in style. I guess the only down fall would be that I’m not in style when I wear my hair like that. Oh well, I’m comfortable and it’s easy.
I do believe this is the end of this experiment. Let me know what you thought and what you think I should try next.
I have finally found a trick that allowed me to wear a high ponytail all day. I french braided a third of the front section of my hair back to the ponytail. This distributed the weight through the braid before pulling on my scalp. I did feel a slight pull and ache by the end, so this plan isn’t perfect. The next step is to try and modify this hair style so that I don’t feel any pulling at all. Maybe a scrunchy and a french braid will work together. I could also do more than one french braid back.
I continued my research through Google and found a suggestion that by putting half my hair in the ponytail and then wrapping the other half around the ponytail, the weight would be lessened and I would avoid a ponytail headache. I dutifully followed directions and didn’t make it to my car that morning before I had to take my hair down. Mind you, I had to work all day, so I didn’t wait for a full headache.
Lesson learned: wrapping half your hair around the ponytail does not help. The weight is still there and you have bobby pins digging into your scalp as well.
My hair is extremely long and thick. In fact, it has reached the point that I can no longer put it in a ponytail higher than the nape of my neck without my scalp aching by the end of the day. I like being able to throw my hair up and have it out of my face and off my neck, so I have set out to find the perfect solution.
Trial 1: Scrunchie
This solution came from snooping around Google. Supposedly if I use a scrunchie instead of a typical elastic band, the hair will be held looser and not cause the tight pulling that makes my head ache. The results, however, were disappointing. True, the scrunchie did hold my hair much looser than an elastic, but that merely resulted in bumps forming, causing my hair to look quite rumpled. The ponytail didn’t even last two hours before I had to take it out due to a headache. In the end, a scrunchie just won’t cut it.