23 April 2022
Oh, my goodness, I know that had to hurt. Just looking at it makes me feel pain. If we keep doing this, there isn’t going to be any hair to braid. It’s time to expose about how some African braid shops hairdressers do their own thing, & don’t listen to you !
This is Nikki for Chic LadyT.
So I saw this post floating around on Instagram, & so I thought I’d share it with y’all. I don’t know who did this and why they allowed this to be done, but this has to stop. I think this calls for us opening up a dialogue about black women loosing our edges due to tight braids (microbraids).
And to expose the African braid shops that are doing this. Now I am a huge fan of protective styles.
It’s how I grew my hair long, but I am not for braiding practices that are damaging and actually cause setbacks. I’Ve gone to braid shops to get my hair done a lot, and I found the treatment of my hair there to be discouraging. I finally found a good African braid shop that I will talk about later in this video, but before I discovered them, I had to go through all kinds of stress. First, you have the braiders that won’t listen to you. I literally ask for one style… but get another .
The styles I want are usually safe on my edges and cause less stress on my hair than the style that they try to give me. I ask for one size of braids and get another. For example, I ask for jumbo box braids, because I know they are less damaging.
Micro braiding is a rather new hairstyle that involves plaiting small sections of hair together. It gives the appearance of a neat and tidy bun, and is perfect for people who want to keep their hair out of their face., but they make the braids tiny anyway.
Next, they are rough with my real hair. They treat it as weave and break it off while braiding.
Third, they cut and burn my hair when cleaning up or sealing the ends of the weave. Because my hair is long, they often miscalculate where my hair ends! And Lastly, don’t let them do a take down !
You can kiss your edges and your new length goodbye. But the point of this video is not to drag African Braid Shops, because it’s not all of them. I found one that takes very good care of my hair and knows their stuff. They take their time with my hair and don’t braid tight. When they do a ‘sew in‘, they don’t thread your braids together (So you can take care of your hair underneath with ease ).
And they don’t get annoyed if you ask questions or give directions on how you want your hair. But I know some of y’all may not be as lucky to find a shop like that.
So, in the meantime, I say, learn how to braid your own hair. Or just go ahead and show the braider this video before they get started, to give them passive/aggressive education on what you don’t want them to do.
Also we aren’t without guilt, either .
Right here on YouTube box braids are being installed with rubber bands. A braider did my hair like that years ago, and I literally had a whole braid fall out during take down. And although that was a long time ago, the hair still struggles to grow there.
Take this as a Warning: rubber bands may help your synthetic style last, but you won’t have any hair when you’re done. So what say you ?
All I have to say is, since it’s your hair, do you !
And with that being said, educate yourself and do your research when it comes either to doing your own hair, or getting it done by someone.
Stop trying to get the cheapest/quickest fix that may end up turning into an expensive, long-term problem.
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