I have noticed and I am sure you have too, that the trend among young girls is that of very long braids and twists extensions. I prefer to that to long, straight weaves, but I must tell you the down side of this trend of long and or very thick braids and twists styles.
Long braid and twist extension are weighty, due to the weight of synthetic hair (It would be cost prohibitive to have human hair which is much lighter in weight at this length) and the longer the braids or twists, the more weight there is. This weight can actually pull your hair out of your head damaging your follicles and you could have temporary or permanent hair loss unless you are careful. What you could end up with is called traction alopecia, loss of hair from friction and too much weight put on your own hair from long braids and twists.
To avoid loss of hair from long extension I recommend:
- that the amount of braids should not be excessive
- that the amount of hair extension used for each braid should equal the amount of your hair at your scalp
- that you do not get this type of style multiple times in a row – after having it once, switch up to another less weighty style
- that you keep this style in no longer than 4-6 weeks
These long braid styles are fashionable, cute and sexy, but you must be careful at all times to, protect the health, strength and integrity of your own hair. Always consider your own hair and the affects that any style will have on your hair for the long run.