The on-trend hairstyle that could be leaving you with BALD patches, and why celebs like Hailey Bieber are to blame

IT’S still one of the most popular hairstyles around – especially between wash days.

With stars such as Hailey Bieber, Sofia Richie and Molly-Mae Hague all showing off their sleek buns, the look is showing no signs of disappearing off the radar anytime soon.

The slicked back bun, as seen on stars including Hailey Bieber, is an on-trend hairstyle copied by millions of women on a daily basis


The slicked back bun, as seen on stars including Hailey Bieber, is an on-trend hairstyle copied by millions of women on a daily basisCredit: Getty

Sofia Richie is also a fan of the sleek look


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Sofia Richie is also a fan of the sleek lookCredit: TikTok/sofiarichiegrainge

But the style, also loved by Molly-Mae, can lead to bald patches, a hair pro has warned


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But the style, also loved by Molly-Mae, can lead to bald patches, a hair pro has warnedCredit: molly-mae/instagram
In addition, Swedish influencer Matilda Djerf – known for her slick, pulled back styles – has even released a hair product range to help her fans get the look.

But if you love a slick bun, you might want to think twice, as a hair pro has warned the style might leave you with bald patches.

“Tight, slicked-back buns that pull on your roots can cause traction alopecia: a form of hair loss caused by repeated hair pulling,” Arran Isherwood, Senior Trichological Specialist at FUE Clinics, said.

“With the amount of tugging that happens when you put your hair up like this, it’s no surprise that it can cause breakage or even bald patches.”

Luckily, in the majority of cases, the issues can be reversed – but only if you bid farewell to “tight hairstyles like braids, high ponytails and slick back buns”.

“In time, hair follicles will grow back,” Arran added.

But if diagnosed too late, hair follicles may be destroyed, meaning regrowth is not possible, he warned.

“Even though you might like the look, your strands need time to recover from the constant pulling and it shouldn’t become a daily habit,” Arran concluded.

There are a host of other ways you could be damaging your hair on an everyday basis too – including wrapping a towel around your locks to dry them once you’re out of the shower.

That’s why drying your hair by rubbing it with a rough towel can result in frizziness or breakage.

“The weight on your head can pull at your hair strands, causing them to break,” the FUE Clinics pros explained.

“And if left on your head for a long time, the towel will absorb lots of water from your damp hair, making it even heavier.

“If you’re worried about getting damaged hair from drying with a towel, try using a microfiber one instead.”

The microfiber towels absorb just the right amount of water, they explained – “enough to dry your hair without having to rub excessively and cause breakage, but not too much that it makes your towel heavy on your head, pulling on your strands”.

Love Island's Molly Smith should also be careful with the slicked-back style
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Love Island’s Molly Smith should also be careful with the slicked-back style

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