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In every issue, the SBH Hair Advice column answers your biggest hair concerns with the help of today’s top stylists. Here, mane pro Jacqueline Tarrant tackles a popular coif query. Have a hair care question you need answered? Tell us all about it and send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been wearing sew-ins on and off for about three years. I’ve noticed that when my hair is braided a certain way (straight back) my real hair always grows. But when it’s braided around my hair, my hair breaks off at the edges. Does the way you braid the hair have an effect on the way it breaks off? –Janise
The way you braid your hair is not so much about the pattern or direction as it is about the tension or tightness of the braids. When hair is held in a tight position continuously, the follicle (tiny hair growing factories under the scalp) can become traumatized and stop producing hair. This is known as Traction Alopecia, a type of hair loss that can become permanent. Give your hair a rest and it may be a good idea to see a dermatologist who specializes in hair loss.
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