Johns Hopkins researchers are urging black women to avoid weaves, braids and hair extensions because of the risks of permanent hair loss.
Researchers and some hair stylists say that these hairstyles, which can pull on the scalp, can contribute to traction alopecia, a form of gradual hair loss, which about one-third of African-American women suffer from.
The same researchers and some natural hair advocates are advising women against tight weaves and braids. Do note at this point no one is saying not to wear weaves and braids how ever they are saying don’t wear tight ones.
They also recommend that braids be taken out after two or three months at the most and that weave extensions be removed every three or four weeks. These steps, they say, will help to prevent hair loss by allowing hair time to recover.
Yasmine Young, owner of the only licensed natural hair salon in Baltimore Maryland, Diaspora Salon says they see the damages of tight braids and weaves every day.
She says, “Usually traction alopecia occurs on the hairline. That’s usually the most fragile”.
From talking to some women that have a history with weaves and tight braids I get the impression most of them knew this was a possibility. This public underscoring by Hopkin’s researchers confirms that possibility as an indisputable reality
For those that are torn between wearing tight hair extensions, weaves, and braids or rocking what “God Gave Ya.”
Consider “Rockin’ what God gave you the way God gave it to you – au Naturel.