Hairline Breakage/Thinning from Micro-braids
This pic was taken on April 6, 2006. I have major hairline damage around my entire head from wearing micro-braids. They served their purpose though, so I do not advocate against wearing them as either a means to transtion or just to wear as a hair style. However, you absolutely must get your hairline touched up more often than the rest of your hair. I used to wear my braids for three months at a time. As your hair grows, the braids grow away from the scalp and their weight or constant manipulation along the hairline can cause breakage. If you’re pulling your hair back in a ponytail, the stress that you’re putting on your edges can eventually cause traction alopecia. Also, my hair is also definitely thinner around my edges in the front. Thank goodness I had thick hair to begin with so the thinning is probably only noticeable to me. But if you’re going to get micro-braids, definitely take care of your edges cause if you don’t, you’ll more than likely end up with issues similar or worse than mine.
Because my hairline is so messed up right now, I can’t wear my hair back in a puff. The breakage makes me look like I have a fuzzy halo around my head. That’s why I’ve had to learn how to be very creative with my flat twist styles cause I’ve had to figure out how to camoflage the damage.