Three easy hairstyles for migraine relief and what to avoid

Ranked globally as the seventh most disabling disease responsible for “years of life lost” to disability among neurological disorders, migraines are usually a moderate to severe headache felt as a “throbbing” pain on one side of the head – however, pain can vary person to person.

Many people, also have symptoms such as nausea and vomiting with about 20% of people suffering with increased sensitivity to light and sound known as “the migraine aura” — Aura is the term used for the sensory changes that happen before a migraine attack, which can affect your vision, hearing, or ability to speak.

Migraines are a common health condition, affecting around one in every five women and one in every 15 men. Often migraines can be made worse by “external compression” this means wearing your hair in tight ponytails and by wearing hats or headbands, by removing the external pressure headaches are known to improve.

Here are three hairstyles to help remove “external compression” for migraine relief.

Hairstyles for migraine relief

1. Wearing your hair down — Obviously.

2. If wearing your hair down is simply not an option, try a “loose” low-base ponytail — Stroke back any loose hair with a light touch of unscented hair oil or gel that won’t bother your nasal receptors.

3. Braids are a good for day to day hairstyling — Unlike ponytails they distance hair weight evenly reducing pressure on the scalp. The more braids you have, the more the weight is distributed.

  • Fishtail braids are perfect if you want if you want to elevate your look.
  • Classic braids are great for bedtime.
  • Braiding your fringe is beneficial to keep your line of sight open, especially if you’re experiencing “aura”.

Hairstyles to AVOID

1. Tightly-tied styles such as high back ponytails, buns and topknots — These pull your hair taught causing pressure on your scalp which results in headaches, including in people who don’t normally suffer with migraines or headaches.

2. Restrictive hairstyles that requires headbands, bobby pins or barrettes to hold them in place — Most of these items cause pressure on the scalp resulting in migraines.

3. Any hairstyle that cause obstruction to your line of sight such as a long fringes — This will cause added strain on your eyes and can trigger a migraine attack as well as cause redness and irritation around your eyes.

4. Avoid hairspray — The chemicals can act as allergens triggering migraines.

Candice Farrow

Fashion and lifestyle blogger from North East, England.

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