Recently I was asked if braiding my daughter's hair is a good idea. Braiding and twisting the hair is a very good protective style, that is low maintenance and only requires a touch up every other day and it can last for up two weeks.
However, braiding too tightly is not recommended as it can cause problems like hair loss, headaches and/or Traction Alopecia.
Definition of Traction Alopecia:
Traction alopecia is a form of alopecia, or gradual hair loss, caused primarily by pulling force being applied to the hair.:761:645 This commonly results from the sufferer frequently wearing his/her hair in a particularly tight ponytail, pigtails, or braids. It is also seen occasionally in long-haired people who use barrettes to keep hair out of their faces.
In order to prevent Traction Alopecia, I recommend that you do not braid your child's hair too tight. The braids may look better if they are tight, but it is definitely NOT worth it. Any tight tension is not good for the hairline, scalp or the hair in its entirety. Remember that curly hair is very delicate and therefore should be handled and cared for properly. Traction Alopecia is not something you should take lightly. The damage this causes can be permanently.
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