Joan Smalls just suffered the most relatable beauty fail mid-NYFW

This does not look like a good time

Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / September 11 2018

You know the feels when you’re trying to pull out your hair tie and it literally rips a whole chunk of your hair out? Joan Smalls knows what’s going on.

The model recently posted a snap on Instagram Stories of her snapped hair tie during New York Fashion Week. While that is a disaster in itself (RIP hair tie), there’s a whole chunk of hair snagged in the actual elastic. She captioned it, “Fashion Week we ain’t friends right now.” 

Bella Hadid also re-posted the snap, adding, “LOL!!! facts @joansmalls hair is gone.”

Check out the monstrosity below:

While there’s nothing quite like chucking your hair up in a ponytail or a bun, all that pulling, twisting and wrapping is just not a good time for your hair, especially if you’re using the wrong hair tie. This can lead to brittle hair that’s prone to breakage.

Because everyone deserves the security of knowing their hair is going to stay on their head, we recommend getting rid of all hair ties that aren’t snag-free (those little metal bits are you hair’s worst nightmare) and stocking up on fabric ties or scrunchies, as they have less stretch, which will limit how tightly you tie up your hair.

Another great option is spiral hair ties. While they may look a little gimmicky, these legends actually work wonders for your hair, offering a strong hold while ensuring way less breakage. The neat little coil design locks your ponytail or bun in place, without leaving it in a too-tight and permanently-stretched position.

And while we know backstage at New York Fashion Week may be a little hectic (read: hairstylists trying to switch up beauty looks in, like, 0.3 seconds), us mere mortals should remember to unwind with care! Take an extra couple of seconds to undo each loop of your hair tie, rather than just dragging the whole thing down and losing half of your hair in the process.

It’s also important to keep in mind that hair is at its weakest when it’s wet, so avoid tying it up with a hair tie pre-blow-dry. If you’re short on time, focus on drying the roots to just past where the elastic would sit and letting the ends air-dry.

If you’re looking to improve the health of your hair, check out the one crucial step you’re probably forgetting to do.

What do you think of spiral hair ties? Are you on board? Let us know in the comment section below.

Main image credit: Getty

Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.