Beauty - Hair Care - Fashion : Does Braiding Damage Our Hair?

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  1. river

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    I've noticed that when I corn row my hair (all natural no extensions) when I take it out it's not as curly as it usually is as if the bonds that curl it have been broken or stretched. Well that's what perming does. Because the curl structure of my hair is so strong the ends of the braids curl up but I have three little braids near the top that refuse to curl even after I put water on them. Is this a sign of damage? Also I noticed some hair came out especially when I washed it after taking the braids out.
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    Yes, frankly.
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    Sister River ... i can't imagine dealing with my hair, without braiding it.

    Braiding it is as much a part of the general upkeep, as washing it. I'm sure i braid it more than i wash it!

    I think the damage may come in, when we leave the braids up too long.

    It seems to me, the hair gets frayed at this point, the braid doesn't look neat any more.

    I don't know ... but i can't imagine life, without being able to braid my hair.

    I'm talking just plain braids though, plaits, kinda like "Celie braids" ... :D

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    Braids for the natural hair is very good brings new growth
    like destee said if they are left in too long the hair become fuzzy and frayed
    tend to tangle which do and will pulls the hair from the roots causing breakage
    and un-even hair .

    If you braid it and keep it up refresh and rebraid it will give you a blance full texture
    of hair .

    no braiding your hair won't harm it if cared right !
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    We need to break it down more. Braids with extensions (especially synthetic hair) are NOT good for your hair. It may seem to help your hair grow but it's not; nothing can make your hair grow really. The reason it seems that way is because you aren't constantly styling your hair so you have less shedding on a daily basis. Some of the hair that comes out when you take your braids out is just the natural shedding that was not apparant while the hair was braided. Some of it is breakage from build up from leaving braids in too long. I have too many braid horror stories to count (that would have to be its own post/topic).

    Just like anything we do too much, it can cause problems. If we stress one part of our hair over and over again (i.e. wearing the exact same style all the time), it can cause problems over time. Corn rows done too tight or too often can cause alopecia (hair loss). I developed this problem after years of having natural hair thinking no perm = no problems. Not so fast. I always wore the front of my hair corn rowed because I was never a fan of the mini fro, so my hair was always stressed in the front and now I have some places in the front where my hair broke off and is very slow to grow back. Mind you at the time I didn't think my hair was even braided tight.

    I think variety in hair styles helps. Braids aside, if you wear a pony tail everyday you will notice over time the back of your hair may start to break off because you are constantly pulling it into the pony tail (regardless of your hair length).
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    I agree that braiding alone will NOT cause breakage but how long the braids are kept in as well as the maintenance during that time can have some bearing on the change in texture and form. My hair is permed but my daughter's hair is natural and I tell you, natural hair aint NO JOKE!!! I dont see myself going natural anytime soon but IF I did I would have to wait until she is able to maintain her own hair first because the upkeep is very time consuming. The washing alone...smh...is back breaking!

    Some amount of shedding is natural but I make sure not to leave her hair in ANY style too long because I've noticed that there is breakage that occurs when I do. Her hair is dense and curly when wet. She likes me to flat iron it but I only do on special ocassions because I dont like to put heat on my own hair let alone on hers.

    But braids are absolutely beautiful to me and a part of who we are...I can't imagine not being able to braid her hair.
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    I remember when I was growing up, I didn't see people balding from getting their hair braided. In fact, it was the other way around, if one was wearing braids, ones hair grew long, thick a and healthy. Nowadays, that is not the case. In my opinion, the reason for balding or hair falling out due to braids has to do with the times we are living in. Peoples minds are not as content as they used to be, people are trying to keep up with this fast moving economy and life is very stressful. In my opinion, if a person has another person braiding their hair, they better pay attention to the kinds of energy's that person has. If the braider is stressed out and always looking to make money, even when she is tired and needs to take a break, the energy that braider will have is not going to be conducive to positive hair results of the one getting their hair braided. In fact, that kind of energy will be negative.

    I always make sure that I don't let to many people fool around with my hair. For the most part, I do my own hair at all times and sometimes I want a braid job done by somone else. I have had those instances where my sides seem to go thin after having my hair braided but that only happens when I get my hair braided by someone else. Yeah, someone braiding your hair while they have a lot of stressfull energy they are dealing with, is not good for you who is getting your hair braided by that person who is stressed out. Stressed out hair braider, equals hair falling out client. :qqb022:




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    Just for fun

    I thought I would post a link to the show 'da kink in my hair. It's a really good show produced in Canada, and for all of the Canadian West Indians here at Destee, we can thoroughly enjoy seeing our culture proudly displayed by our own writers, through our own eyes.

    When Novelette the hair shop owner puts her hands on the heads of her clients, she's able to see what's going on in their lives.... their hair talks. I hope you can get this in the states. Cheers.

    http://www.globaltv.com/globaltv/globalshows/dakink/index.html

    http://www.globaltv.com/globaltv/globalshows/dakink/episodes.html
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    Thankz but it's only for the folkz in canada

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