Willow Smith Looks Cool Whipping Her Hair, But Is It Safe?

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In Willow Smith's new video 'Whip My Hair,' the 9-year-old singer is shown thrusting her head back and forth to the beat of her music. Throw in a little paint and you've got a party. But, is it really safe to whip your hair?

The headbanger-inspired motion is super fun, but it may not be the best thing to do, says Dr. Eric Liss a chiropractor for Pure Precision Chiropractic in San Clemente, Calif.

"The way that Willow 'whips her hair' in the video is pretty aggressive and extreme," he tells JSYK. "The reason that it could be potentially dangerous is because there's a lot of soft tissue and delicate nerve fibers in the neck that can be injured by whipping the head back and forth, especially if you don't warm up first."
Dr. Liss also says that the forward hair-whipping move is the riskiest. "The motion of when she whips her head back and forth from front to back is very similar to a whiplash motion that you see in car accidents when somebody's hit from behind," he explains. "Whiplash injuries can be very extreme and have long lasting effects"

So does that mean you can't mimic Willow's sweet dance moves? Not entirely -- you just have to be super careful not to do it too hard and take precautions first. "If you're going to do that motion, it would be advisable to stretch all the tissues of the neck beforehand so you don't risk any kind of tearing or strain."

Good advice. Now that you know that whipping your hair too hard can be dangerous, are you still going to do it? Check out Willow's video below and make sure to be careful when you "just whip it."

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