|1BlessedNatural: Internet Shocked Over Bloody Scalp and Braids Photo (photo cred: Instagram)
Over the last couple of days, there's been a photo circulating on social media of a person wearing cornrows with a bloody scalp. Viewers have been resharing the photo as a cautionary tale about wearing tight braids.
Wearing tight braids and other styles, especially for long periods of time can put too much stress on your hair follicles, damaging them and causing traction alopecia. This means that you will experience balding in the affected areas.
When I was 5 or 6 years old, a family friend was braiding my hair in cornrows. I felt a tingling sensation on the right side of my head and when I touched it, I saw that it was bleeding.
|(photo cred: @kixithehairdresser)
The friend got a towel and begin dabbing the area. After calling my grandmother, she removed the braids. I don't remember if she finished the style or not. She might be reading this...I still love you LOL!
As black women, we often put our hair in tight styles, but we must remind ourselves of the damage that can result if the hair is too tight.
The photo above is a definite reminder of what can happen! Braid safely ladies!
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