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Can braids damage my hair?
I think braids are incredibly beautiful, but there is potential for harm in them, too. First, there is the additional weight of them, which can pull on your scalp. Added on top of that, they are often put in pretty tight, which puts huge strain on your follicles. This often leads to traction alopecia, which is a common side effect of extensions and braids. This can cause permanent hair loss, and you can often see many AA women with extensions and those thinning sides due to this. There may also be stretching strain to your hair itself if it's braided tightly into the extension hair.

Also, when the braids are taken out, depending on how long they were in, you may have started matting at the scalp (that's what happened to me with my extensions back in the day). And to get out the mats, it's tempting to rip the mats out of your hair, because after 8 hours or more of removing the braids, you aren't in the best mood to go slow and gentle uncombing your hair. Well, those are my concerns.

Plus, braids do not help your hair grow faster. Learning to care for your curls with no damage at all will help you retain all your length, and this is what will ultimately give you long hair. So I'm not saying don't do it, but I guess I will say I wouldn't recommend it. I know many people say they are good for growing out your hair, and if the way a person cares for their hair on a daily basis is very damaging, then yes, braids will be the lesser of the evils. But the best option is to care for your hair in a way that does no damage at all.

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