Can Braiding Damage My Natural Hair?

       Yes. After braiding my hair for so long and experiencing hair damage myself, I can honestly say that braiding can damage your hair if not done properly. You know when somebody is doing your hair the person puts so much pressure on your skull you can't even breathe, I have done that to myself.

  1. If you want to avoid damage caused by braiding you have to avoid tension to the head.
  2. Use a leave-in conditioner or hair oil while braiding the hair to keep it smooth.
  3. Use a gel like (Let's Jam) to avoid fly away and make the braids last longer.
  4. Don't pull too hard on the hair when putting the braids in a ponytail.
  5. Don't use too much braiding hair  and too little of your own hair when getting braids.
  6. If you are getting cornrows and braiding them from the front to the back, have somebody hold the braids for you so you don't pull too much hair from your edges.
  7. Moisturize the hair, as braids can dry up your natural hair.
         Getting braids can be good to the hair if it is done properly and if it is well cared for. I get braids as a protective style a lot because the style keeps my hands away from my hair. Most of the time it is a little uncomfortable after getting fresh braids, but if you can stand the discomfort for a few days it is well worth it. Remember to keep your braids fresh by conditioning your hair, oiling your scalp, washing your braids with cool water if it's possible, and wrap your hair with a silk scarf before going to bed. 



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