Does Velcro Damage Hair? Here’s What You Need to Know

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Velcro is found on many items that we use every day, including items that can come into direct contact with our hair. If you want to keep your hair healthy, you might be wondering if the hook and loop fastener can harm your hair. Of course, entanglement should be your biggest concern, but what about other side effects of using velcro near or even in your hair?

In this post, we’ll discuss a few common items that include velcro and why you’ll want to reconsider using them near your hair.

Velcro Rollers

Velcro rollers are the first up for discussion. We all know how time-consuming putting rollers into your hair can be, and that’s why velcro is alluring. They offer a quick way to roll your hair without having to worry about pinning each roller into place. The problem with using the hook and loop fastener is that your hair can get stuck in the fibers, and when you take the roller out, you could find that some strands of hair are pulled out with it. Over time, this can lead to significant hair breakage.

Hats with Adjustable Velcro Straps

Hats with adjustable velcro straps are a common choice because they are extremely simple to adjust. However,  velcro hats and hair loss can go hand-in-hand. While the hook and loop fastener isn’t directly going to cause noticeable hair loss, it could pull out hairs and cause breakage.

Our very own, LengthyHairChica, had a horrible experience with a hat with adjustable velcro straps a few weeks ago. After undoing the straps and taking the hat off her head, somehow, the velcro became entangled in her lengthy ponytail. Despite using a leave-in conditioner and gently trying to release her hair, a chunk of hair came out. Her case may not be common, but you can imagine the stark disappointment she felt. A costly lesson, indeed.

If you are serious about keeping your hair healthy and lengthy, it’s advisable to stay away from velcro. While other mechanisms, such as rollers that you pin into place, might seem time-consuming, the truth is that these mechanisms will be better on your hair. Also, opt for hats with plastic adjustable straps, metal buckle, or fitted ones with no straps.


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