As beautiful as braids look, one of our major concerns when making them is its tendency to cause the hair to break or shed. Traction alopecia (baldness) is caused by chronic traction (pulling) on the hair follicle and is associated with tight braiding or cornrow hair styles. It is also generally present along the hairline.
The negative effects of braids to the health of your hair and scalp cannot be over-emphasized. However, it is still impossible abandon braids. They add a lot of beauty to our hair and as Africans, it is one of our trademark looks.
How then can you make and keep braids without losing hair? You know I got you covered always yeah? Let’s do this.
It is important to always moisturize your hair. One of the major causes of hair loss is dryness. Dryness can lead to breakage or shedding which causes eventual hair loss.
How then do you moisturize your hair? Use Afrovirtues dandruff/anti-itch oil to massage your scalp to prevent itchiness. Then spray your Afrovirtues daily hair moisturizer and guava hair tonic for extra moisture. Apply your Afrovirtues edge repair cream to your edges to grow instead of lose them (as is common with the effect of braids). Lastly, apply your Afrovirtues hair growth butter to your hair to seal in the moisture. Ensure you do this daily. You can never go wrong with these products!
Quick one! Also note that you must also moisturize at least an hour before you take out your braids. This will help soften your hair and prevent loss of hair to knots that come out as a result of excessive dryness and tangling.
Did you find this helpful? Tell me about the wrong ways you’ve been maintaining and taking out your braids in the comments! Let’s talk!