Unfortunately, not one hair type out there is safe from hair loss. Taking precautionary steps to avoid hair loss and to keep your hair healthy is important. There is a popular belief out there that keeping your hair in braids will promote hair growth by keeping it safe from styles that require heat, but this isn’t always the case. In reality, keeping hair in braids and other extremely tight styles without letting it down for an extended period can lead to hair loss.

Woman with hair braids showing part of scalp

Traction Alopecia

Many African American women experience hair loss caused by traction alopecia. Traction alopecia is hair loss caused by a constant pulling force on your hair. Hair styles such as braids, weaves and wigs can lead to traction alopecia because of the strong tension constantly on the scalp and hair. In addition to that, naturally curly hair is also more prone to breakage compared to other hair types. It’s important to note that this is not to discourage women from having a weave or getting braids because when done correctly, these styles can actually protect the hair!


All women feel pressured to live up to unrealistic beauty standards set by society. Together as women we must empower each other to make the beauty choices we want, whether that is rocking the natural look or showing off your latest wig. The good news is that many hair stylists experienced with styling textured hair have made it a point to perfect hairstyles that help to hide hair loss, thinning and bald spots. Along with styling your hair correctly, consider using Keranique Curl Preserve Scalp Nourishing Shampoo for Curly, Textured Hair and Curl Preserve Keratin Conditioner for Curly, Textured Hair. This powerful duo is a nutrient rich formula that protects the hair fiber and prevents future hair loss due to breakage. Check out some of our styles for hair types 2A through 4C!

This article is not intended to treat any disease or offer a substitution for professional medical advice.

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