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Johns Hopkins Researchers Urge Women To Stop Getting Weaves And Braids

Researchers at Johns Hopkins are urging women against using weaves, extensions and braids because the damage can lead to lead to permanent hair loss according to FOX Baltimore reports:

An estimated one-third of African-American women suffer from traction alopecia, a form of gradual hair loss. They say certain scalp-pulling hairstyles can cause damage to the hair follicle from prolonged or repeated tension on the hair root.

“We see it literally every day,” says Yasmine Young, who owns Diaspora Salon in Charles Village. “We are the only licensed natural hair salon in Baltimore.”

“Usually traction alopecia occurs on the hairline. That’s usually the most fragile,” Young says. It can lead to bald spots and damage that is irreversible, but entirely preventable.

“It’s usually from weaves or braids pulled too tight and someone has a bald spot. Then, they keep going back to the same style.”

Young doesn’t offer relaxers or weaves and says, “I wouldn’t do anything that would compromise the integrity of someone’s hair.”

She explains her focus is on hair care, not just style.

Hopkins researchers are advising women against having tight weaves and braids. They recommend women don’t keep braids in for longer than two to three months, have weaves or extensions removed every three to four weeks, and alternate styles allowing hair time to recover. For Young avoiding all those styles entirely isn’t realistic, but making smart choices is.


Take care of your hair, ladies!!!



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