Do braids promote hair growth?

Many women heard or wonder if using braids provide assistance to them with ensuring faster growth of hair.  The scientific answer is no.  According to the Archives of Dermatology, "Any style that causes too much tension and traction on the hair....can possibly lead to scarring hair loss."   The study included 326 African American women who completed a questionnaire about hair care methods and health status. Nearly 60% of the women showed signs of advanced central hair loss with scarring.  

Nevertheless, braids look great and it is one of the most convenient methods available for you to improve the good looks of your hair. However, you need to make sure that you are using the best braids, to make it worth the pain and still receive outstanding looks at the end of the day.

Taking care of your hair while wearing braids 

Since you are concerned about using braids, you should also have a solid understanding of how to take care of your hair if you still choose to have braids. Then you will be able to receive the best possible results at the end of the day.

Before you go ahead with braiding your hair, you need to make sure that it is clean and deep conditioned. In addition to that, your hair should be moisturized as well. Then you will be able to make sure that your hair is provided with enhanced protection against damage. In the meantime, you need to make sure that the braids you wear are not too tight. Otherwise, you will have to experience the breakage of your hair. For example, just think about what would happen when you are wearing a tight ponytail. That’s why you need to ensure that the braids aren’t too tight. 

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There are certain steps, which you must take to ensure the protection of hair after braiding as well. In fact, you need to continue to provide moisture to the hair by spritzing water. You will need to do this for a couple of times a day to receive the best possible results. 

On the other hand, you will need to keep on deep conditioning, washing and moisturizing the hair. You shouldn’t ignore these important hair care procedures just because you are wearing braids. You need to assume that you are not wearing braids and continue with them. It is possible for you to follow these steps in every 7 to 10 days. Then you will be able to reduce the chances available for your hair to end up with damages. 

You must also think about taking out the braids in every 6 to 8 weeks. You should never keep the braids for a duration of over two months. Once you take off the braids, you need to sleep with a satin or a silk scarf on the head. You can also get a silk pillowcase. Then you will be able to provide the level of protection deserved by your hair.

If your hair is growing slowly, you need to take a look at your braiding. These tips can help you to get the most results out of the braiding technique. 

What types of braids 

There are many different types of braids available for you to get. Here are two types of hair braids that you can think about using.

  • Box braids 

Using box braids is one of the most convenient methods available for the ladies. These are the traditional and iconic hair braids, which became extremely popular during the 1990s. In fact, celebrities who lived during this time contributed a lot to the popularity of these braids. Jada Pinkett Smith and Janet Jackson loved wearing these braids. These braids are divided by small squared boxed or off parts. Hence, they can deliver a unique look to you as well. 

The box braids have received a lot of attention in the year 2019 as well. That’s because box braids can be used as an effective method to manage curly hair. If you are a person who has curly hair and if you are struggling to ensure faster growth of your hair, this would be a great option available to consider. You will be provided with outstanding results by this approach as well. Even the expert cosmetologists recommend women with using box braids to ensure faster growth of curly hair. 

box braid

  • Two strand twists 

Two strand twists are another braid type that is considered as a popular protective style. In fact, this type of braiding is popular among both men as well as women. That’s mainly because two-strand twists are in a position to deliver some protection to hair from damage. When you are delivering protection to hair from damage, you will also be provided with the chance to grow them longer. 

The two-strand twist hairstyles will be created by taking two different sections of the hair. Then they will be split into two. Then each section would be wrapped around the other. This can deliver a rope-like appearance at the end of the day. You will be able to discover a large number of variations in this braiding style as well. However, all those styles are in a position to deliver outstanding results to you. Therefore, you can go forward with it without keeping any doubts or second thoughts in mind.

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Sky Hoon
Hair Lover, Idea Starter. He started HairQueenie, which is ranked #27 in the FeedSpot Top 40 Hair Care Blogs and mentions in ManeAddicts and Tempest. Hair is not everything but something. He started Hairqueenie to share great hair products. Over time, he found there are more value to share answers to hair problems that cannot be found easily.
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