A new survey from Head & Shoulders found that 91 percent of women damage their hair every day — by brushing while wet, throwing it into a high pony, you name it.
“When your hair is wet, it’s at its most fragile. The cuticle opens up, the strands aren’t as smooth, and they’re more prone to breakage and stretching,” Philip says.
Rubber ties can do serious damage. “I like the satiny, elastic ribbon bands — like EmiJay Hair Ties or Twistband Hair Ties,” says Philip. If you frequently wear your hair up outside of the gym, consider switching to a clip when you’re not exercising, says Arrojo.