Read This If Braids are Your Go-To Hairstyle
Braids are a wonderful way for women of color to protect their natural hair from excess damage caused by relaxing treatments and heat styling—and they definitely help shorten your daily “get ready” routine as well. But with this said, braids can cause hair thinning and loss around the hairline when worn on an ongoing basis.
Tightly woven braids can lead to traction alopecia, a type of temporary hair loss caused by any hairstyle that places tension on the hair follicles for an extended period of time, including daily ponytails and hair extensions. The good news is, this hair thinning and loss is treatable, but the first step is to stop the tugging and pulling and experiment with letting your natural curls do their thing!
The best treatment for restoring healthy hair growth can depend on a variety of factors—including how advanced your traction alopecia is. And as with all types of hair loss, your best bet is to make an appointment so we can assess your situation and create the ideal treatment plan.