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HOW WEAVES, BRAIDS, AND RELAXERS CAN DAMAGE YOUR HAIR

HOW WEAVES, BRAIDS, AND RELAXERS CAN DAMAGE YOUR HAIR

As many fingers we may point, Black women are often the culprits to our own hair falling out. Don’t worry sistahs’ there are three pitfalls you should avoid seeing your locs on your pillow: Keeping your weave in way too long, getting braids too tight, and consistent use of chemical relaxers.

We all know the cost of that new Malaysian deep body wave, but sometimes the cost is more than monetary. Leaving those tresses in for longer than 12 weeks can leave you open to a dirty scalp, and possible infection. While we are told “if it’s tight it will last longer”, those same tight braiding foundations can lead to inflammation on your scalp. Such inflammation can lead to hair bumps that can break and blister, and even ooze bacteria.

Even worse, more permanent side effects can occur like traction alopecia, which is when hair is pulled out by the root. Now for my relaxed ladies, just because it burns, doesn’t mean it’s working. Never let your stylist leave the relaxer on until you have to raise your hand to say it’s burning. Chemical burns are serious, and often times the results are irreversible. So ladies whether we are sitting in a stylists chair or armed with a comb and tub of relaxer ourselves, we know what we do wrong, and how to set our hair right!

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