The Science Behind Braids: How Braiding Affects Hair Health

The Science Behind Braids: How Braiding Affects Hair Health

Khadija Khadija
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Braiding is the go-to hairstyle for many, known for its protective qualities and stylish appearance. But have you ever wondered about the science behind braids and how they affect hair health? Let’s delve into this topic and understand the benefits and potential drawbacks of braiding.


Braiding your hair involves weaving strands together in a pattern, which can help distribute tension evenly along the length of the hair. This distribution of tension reduces the risk of breakage and damage compared to leaving hair loose, which can be more prone to friction and tangling. Protective styles also preserve your hair from environmental factors such as sun exposure, wind, and pollution, which can dry out and damage hair over time.


When your hair is exposed to these environmental factors without any protection, it can become brittle and prone to breakage. Braids act as a shield, safeguarding your hair from these harsh elements. Additionally, they can help retain moisture in your hair. The intricate weaving pattern locks in moisture, preventing your hair from becoming dry and brittle.


However, while braids can be protective, they can also cause damage if not done correctly. When protective styles are installed too tight, they can create excessive tension on the hair follicles, leading to traction alopecia, a type of hair loss caused by continuous pulling. This condition can be permanent if the hair follicles are damaged severely. To avoid this, ensure your protective styles are not too tight and give your hair regular breaks between braiding sessions.


To maintain healthy protective styles, it’s crucial to keep your scalp clean and moisturized. Our No Itch Shampoo is perfect for cleansing the scalp without stripping away natural oils. The peppermint and tea tree oil in the shampoo provide a soothing sensation, reducing any irritation or itchiness that might occur. Follow up with our Comb Out Soft Conditioner Spray to keep your hair hydrated and reduce the risk of breakage. This spray is designed to detangle your hair effortlessly, making the unbraiding process smoother and less damaging.

Additionally, using The Original UnBraider when it’s time to remove your braids can help minimize damage and make the process smoother. This tool is designed to unravel your braids gently without causing unnecessary stress to your hair strands. By understanding the science behind braids and using the right products, you can enjoy the benefits of this protective style while keeping your hair healthy and strong.

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