Ethnic Hairstyles That Promote Hair Loss

Ethnic Hairstyles That Promote Hair Loss

Scholars and hair experts often say anything about everything. It’s quite common to hear controversial debates regarding treatments, diagnosis and styles when it comes to ethnic hair care. But, sometimes there are those issues and topics that many experts agree on.

Hairstyles that promote hair loss is one of those topics. Let’s take a look at the styles that most hair professionals will agree promote hair loss when not implemented correctly. Prepare to be surprised.

Braids Are Hairstyles That Promote Hair Loss

Braids are in many ways a proud symbol of ethnic hair and an embrace of African crowning glory. They are well-styled and appropriate for just about any occasion. However, braiding is a hairstyle that requires the pulling and twisting of hair. When done too tight, they can be a recipe for a type of hair loss called Traction Alopecia. There’s no other way of saying it; braiding can indeed promote hair loss. Should you still insist on this hairstyle, try to opt for loser braids.


A stroll in a shopping mall or a public area quickly reminds one of the popularity of corn rows. Both males and females style their ethnic hair to get perfect cornrows that can also form part of “straight back” or “straight up” looks. The trend is for hairdressers to showcase their skills by making them extremely tight. The tightness also helps the hairstyle to “last longer”. It can however also promote hair loss and breaking.


In certain social and religious communities, dreadlocks are an embodiment of life. They represent freedom, strength and unity. But, when not grown naturally, locks that are installed tightly pulled and twisted when being made and/or styled may encourage hair loss.


Weaves are known to be synonymous with damaging the hair line. In order to sport this gorgeous hairstyle, hair is often pulled and tightly plaited below the weave. In some instances, the hairdressers can plait so tightly that it looks like it comes with a free face lift. This may cause pain or discomfort which is usually tolerated. Why? Because weaves can be expensive. And by making the weave as tight as possible, it can last a little longer and in the end save money. But you also drop some hair in the process.

Afros, free flowing hair and other natural looks can be great alternatives to saving your hair line. We are in no way discouraging ethnic hairstyles. We simply want to educate you on the pros and cons of the hairstyles. Style your hair with knowledge and in some cases apply a few tips and tricks to lessen the tension and curb hair loss.

Before the damage becomes unmanageable from one of these styles – get in touch with us at Common Sense Hair Loss for a free consultation with one of our hair care experts.

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