Your Purse May Be The Reason Your Hair Is Thinning

If you saw our stash of hair masks and heat serums, you’d know how protective we are over our hair’s health. But when a recent article surfaced warning about the potential damage our purses—yes, you read that right—could be doing to our locks, time about stopped. Here’s the breakdown.

When Lisa DeSantis sat down in her salon chair and listened to her first-time hairstylist, Francis Catanese, a stylist at Art and Autonomy in New York City, immediately ask her if she wore her purse on the left side, she thought her lopsided posture was a surefire giveaway. But when Catanese replied with, “I can tell because your hair is thinner on that side,” adding that he’s seen it worse, but that there was definitely a difference present, DeSantis was in for a crash course (and so were we).

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Catanese went on to explain that the strap of your handbag can often pull at your hairs, weaken the follicles and cause breakage you didn’t even know about. Even worse, it can be plucking the strands right out. But take this for what it's worth: After reaching out to various doctors for their input, none had heard of the case affecting the health of our hair. 

Fortunately, there’s a simple solution to help save your strands either way. First off, be aware of where your hair sits each time you throw a bag on your shoulder—either move them to the side or clip them up to be sure—because you never know if any hair is lagging behind that can get damaged, or even worse plucked out, because of your handbag. The same goes for backpacks. If you’re not careful, you could potentially thin your hair out on both sides, an even bigger tragedy.