I really don’t want you to lose hair anymore whenever you braid- Joann
When I was 9 years old, I heard the older ladies say that braiding increases your hair length, at that time my hair was natural and ‘stubborn’ as they said, I always wondered why my hair remained at the same level. The hope of longer hair made me like braids from that age, I remember coming home from the hairdressers’ place with serious pain on my head, then they would tell me, “Praise, it’s not easy to look beautiful”. Now I understand that the pain is as a result of excess tension on the hair, which brings me to my first point;
Your hair will pull off/break, when it experiences excess tension: There are three major ways in which our hair goes through tension during braids:
1. When the braid is pulled too tight, especially the hairline.
2. When the attachment is too heavy for the selected section.
3. When the braid is more than two times longer than your normal hair length.
Braids are protective styles for the hair to protect it from the elements. They are easy to maintain because you do not have to brush it every day, however, a little extra work is required to get the maximum results from braiding.
When a friend of mine told me that she had just retouched her roots and was braiding already, I felt really sorry for the hair especially. Going through a stressful chemical process, then through tension could break the hair mercilessly. So I advised:
1. Give a space of at least 2 weeks between retouching and braiding.
2. Give the hair a deep protein treatment 3 days before
3. Treat the hair to a deep conditioning treatment at most 3 days before.
She said “OK”. Then my further reply would have been, while you are wearing the braids, take caution so you don’t lose more hair than you are growing.