Tying Up Hair = Headaches!
Why do I always get a headache when I tie my hair up? I don’t even tie it up for long! I have even tried changing my hair ties to those that are made completely of soft elastic material, with no metal bits but this hasn’t helped!
To try and solve my dilemma, I conducted my own research to work out if this was a common issue, or whether its just me!
I couldn’t seem to find any real scientific research conducted that related to this (maybe a potential idea for my future PhD?), but a quick google search told me that I am not alone!
After reading many posts in forums, I’ve discovered some great suggestions from other sufferers to prevent these really frustrating headaches from flaring up:
– People suggested that I must be tying my hair up too tightly – there is some belief that this may cause some sort of constriction to the blood flow to the brain, so the body sends a “pain” message to us via the headache. As I don’t tie my hair up too tightly, I do not think this is the case.
– Regardless of whether or not I tie my hair up, it might be the weight of my hair that is a problem. It is believed that if you have long hair (like me), your hair becomes quite heavy and this can result in a headache. This did not make any sense to me initially so another quick search cleared this up. It is suggested that heavy hair can pull on our sensitive hair follicles. This extra weight can stress our follicles, and cause some strain. The best way around this is to give yourself a massage to increase the blood flow to the follicles, or to simply cut your hair short. Someone wrote that as a child they had long heavy hair and always suffered from headaches. On the Dr’s request, the girls mum chopped off all her hair and the headaches disappeared! I’m fairly attached to my long locks, so I think I’ll opt for the massage!
– Finally, someone suggested a lose bun or a French braid that would distribute the weight of my hair evenly. This may be the solution I was looking for!
– I then read some information on a site that discussed that by eating certain ‘trigger foods’ such as processed foods, banana, chocolate and peanut butter, this can also increase the occurrence of headaches. So maybe it’s actually my love for chocolate more than the hair tie issue.
So as a scientist, I’ll conduct my own research – no chocolate or tying my hair up for a week. We’ll see how long this lasts – and maybe this will shed some light on this issue!