Saving the Straightened Strands: 6 Tips for Taking Care of Relaxed Hair

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Getting your hair braided too tight (or too often)

I knew someone who was getting sew-ins very regularly, and the reason why was because she was going bald on the side of her hair because with the sew-ins, but she was embarrassed by her bald spots, so she kept on getting sew-ins.  It was a deadly game of cat and mouse for her hair.  She was experiencing traction alopecia. 

Traction Alopecia is caused when a person frequently gets their hair pulled with braiding, or styling. Or in my case, I once got it by how I tied my do rag on my hair line after I wrapped it.  Once I adjusted, my hair grew back.

How to fix it?

Give your hair a break from all the pulling and take a break from the weaves and braids every now and then.  If you’re embarrassed of a slight balding spot, better rock that lace front like those celebrities!  You think they care that you know they’re wearing a wig?  Then why should you?  After you give your hair a break, it’ll grow back (if the follicles aren’t too damaged, but we’re hoping for the best here).

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