There are plenty of myths about hairstyling that can prevent one from enjoying the beauty of hair extensions, especially braids. Braids remain a usual hairstyle, from the box braids that singer Brandy made famous to the trendy Senegalese twists style. One thing that is clear, is that braids are always on-trend, and they are here to stay.
So, get your braid on, here are five popular myths about braids.
Myth: Braiding your hair during pregnancy leads to birth problems
Facts: Many Medical conditions obstructed labor are among various causes of having a problematic pregnancy and the birth of your baby. Wearing braids during your pregnancy will have no consequence on your labor or the health of your baby as braids do not require harsh chemicals to put in or maintain. Simply safeguard by carefully preparing your natural hair for the braids, by washing with appropriate products and conditioning well beforehand. Braids are a lifesaver during pregnancy because it is both a protective and low maintenance hairstyle that will decrease stress because your hair will be the least of your concerns, and you will feel beautiful too.
Myth: Braids make your hair weak
Fact: Hair shedding is unavoidable with any protective styling. However, there are ways of reducing hair breakage and braids afford you that opportunity as they are not only a wake-up and go Inconvenience-free styles that need very little manipulation to look striking. Considering that your hair is not knotted tightly next to the scalp as it is pulling the hair from the follicle this results in thinning hair. Also giving your hair a break-in in the middle of styles will help a lot. Lastly, avoid braiding your hair directly after chemically processing it.
Myth: Braids cause hairline loss
Fact: If braids are pulled too tight to achieve a certain style or are not fixed properly, this will cause strain on the hairline. Traction alopecia is a form of alopecia, or gradual hair loss, affected primarily by pulling force being applied to the hair. So, the weight of the hair used must also be taken into account, because the heavier the hair, the more the strain.
Myth: Braids cause dandruff
Fact: Dandruff takes place when the scalp becomes dry and produces white flakes of dead skin that can be seen in the hair or flakes that drop on the shoulders. It’s harmless to say that dandruff is a result of an unhealthy scalp and not braids. Your scalp becomes itchy when there is product build-up, sweat, hot and cold weather. Washing your braids will get rid of the remainder and allow your scalp to breathe and give you some reprieve. Using a mild, anti-dandruff shampoo will also help control dandruff. Of course, every time you wash your hair, your braids will gradually lose their brilliance, but would you rather have dandruff instead.
Myth: Washing your braids makes them smell bad
Fact: If your hair smells, it means your hair and scalp are unclean. This reaction also specifies that your up-to-now hair care routine is not working. Wash your hair to get rid of oil build-up, sweat, and product build-up, and clean your braids with dry shampoo or lightweight braid spray. It is also important to be at the point of the thickness of your braids. If you wash your hair and it doesn’t dry down totally, the fungus will form under the braids and cause an unpleasant smell. It is advised by professionals to have your braids washed by a professional stylist as they have the right equipment which ensures that they are properly dried. Wear braids that are well-suited to your lifestyle and hair type so that your braids will dry fast enough and avoid bad odor from it. Try rosewater spray, dilute it with a bit of water. This will have your hair refreshed and won’t dry out your hair because rose water has no alcohol in it. And this doesn’t even cause harm to your hair.
Now that you know that braids aren’t going to make you go bald, why not try an energizing style to change up your look and face every day with revived confidence and style!
On A Concluding Note
Do your research – ask an expert! This doesn’t include your mother, friend, or someone random. Instead, talk to a skilled hairdresser. Always get the actual facts before you act on any hair myths – you owe it to your hair. Studio Luxe by La is a highly rated salon, check out our set of work and we are sure the results are up to your standards.