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Braids Hair Loss

The Connection Between Braids and Hair Loss

Weaves and braids are hugely popular styles that every cultural group values. However, an increased incidence of hair loss in otherwise healthy women has intensified research into the link between tight hairstyles and hair loss.

There are, of course, obvious associations. The Archives of Dermatology published a study of 326 Afro-American women that indicated that any style that subjects hair to excess traction and tension can lead to hair loss. This, in turn, can necessitate processes such as a hair transplant in Turkey.

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When hair is braided very tight, it can break from the roots and suffer from follicular damage.

Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA)

Research has shown that braids can keep the hair in a tense position for prolonged periods. This pulling action can increase the risk of Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA), an irreversible form of baldness. This condition begins in the central area of the scalp and then spreads to the edge of a person’s hairline.

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Loose braids are much less damaging to the hair.

Traction Alopecia

Afro-American women wearing tight braids may suffer from a chronic pulling action or traction on the hair follicles. This condition is usually most visible along the hairline. Men who use hairpieces can also suffer from this chronic hair loss condition if they keep the hairpiece in the same area for a long time. This may eventually lead them to seek treatment from top clinics like SHIFT Hair Transplant.

Scarring Alopecia

Studies have shown that continuous traction of scalp hair can also cause scarring and folliculitis: a condition where the hair follicles become inflamed. This traction may lead to hair loss in the central region, a situation which is more common among Afro-American women. Sufferers will experience a loss of hair which begins at the scalp’s vertex area and spreads out towards the peripheral areas. It is perhaps the most common scarring hair loss pattern in Afro-American women, though more research is necessary for the understanding of its current prevalence.

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Single braids are a symbol of femininity.

Splitting and Breaking

When hair is pulled back very tightly, as with tight braids, it can break at the roots and suffer follicular damage, weakness and splitting. Excessively tight braids can also create tensile stress as a result of the constant tugging on the follicles.

Braids have always been popular. Indeed, one might even wonder how women avoided hair loss in times gone by while using a braided hairstyle. The most important consideration is to ease up on the braids, as this will ensure there is less tension on the hair and no breakage at the roots.

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