The typical Nigerian woman is stylish and does everything to make herself look good. It’s however difficult enough for women the world over to choose, especially women of the black race. hairstyles that will not have them worried if they will have a major loss of hair that can lead to them going bald.
However, the kinds of hairstyles Nigerian women do particular puts them at risk of having front hair loss and developing bare patches. Some of these hairstyles appear to be more damaging than others, with some particularly putting a lot of pressure on the hair follicles which gradually leads to damage and hair loss. This results in a condition known as traction alopecia (TA).
This condition happens particularly to women who wear tight braids, weavings and wear their hair in a pigtail or ponytail style. As a result. It is important women know the particular hairstyles that puts them at risk in order to prevent permanent hair loss.
Hairstyles that may cause loss of hair can be categorised into those of low risk, moderate risks and high risks depending on the weight, heat, chemicals used on them and levels of tension applied on the hair follicles which singly and all together can make a woman prone to developing Traction alopecia.
The five hairstyles that put Nigerian women at high risk of TA are described below
Braids are the typical signature hairstyle of an average Nigerian woman. This hairstyle brings out the strength and beauty of the Nigerian woman. It however pits women at a high risk of going bald because the hair attachments used puts a lot of pressure on the the hair follicles which may lead to damage. The hair loss as a result of making braids is usually at its highest in the frontal area of the head because of the weak nature of hair growing in those areas.
It is recommended that you have your stylist make your braids as loose as possible to prevent significant damage. Also ensure that you don’t have your braids on for no longer than two months.
Dreadlocks have been around for quite sometime but really came back to make a fashion statement about five years back. Artificial dreadlocks entail the use of heavy wool like materials which put undue pressure on the natural hair. Damage is even more significant if the artificial hair is applied straight up after adding hair relaxers, and this may lead to breakage.
Hair extensions are cool for women for a number of reasons. It helps to beautify the hair and face and doesn’t take long to get made unlike other high risk hairstyles. It however also presents it’s own level of damage to the hair when worn for too long. It’s best you have your weave-ons removed after three to four weeks of wearing them.
This brings out the true beauty of Nigerian women as the natural hair is all out without any artificial add ons. It still however causes significant hair tension especially if you use hair relaxers a lot. The chemicals may have damaged your hair and keeping them in a tight weave for long can make you go bald. As such, have your hair loosened between four to six weeks after making your weaves to prevent major hair loss.
This hairstyle is a depiction of African beauty. It became popular more than fifteen years ago and swept across Nigeria in a craze. It remains one of the top hairstyles up until this moment. However, Ghana Weaves, because of their nature, can cause damage to women’s hair, especially at the hairlines. This is because the style demands that the weave begins from the thinnest point where the hairline meets the forehead. This can lead to pressure and tugging that can cause the strands to pull from the scalp, causing hair loss and baldness. To avoid this, it’s best to have the hairdresser start the weave without using extensions and then subtly add them in. The extensions, being heavier than the hair are the reason why the pull is harder on the strands.
The care of your hair is important. To avoid baldness or breakage, go for hairstyles with low risk of hair loss such as evenly distributed updos, loose buns or simply wearing your hair down. It’s best to also consider mixing up your hairstyles, avoiding chemical hair relaxers as much as possible and avoiding tight updo styles. This will allow the hair follicles recover from the stress of the other hairstyles.