Ask an Expert: Are Waist Length and Longer Braids Thinning My Shoulder Length Hair?

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We’re excited to have an up-and-comer in the hair world, Reece, here to answer your crucial hair concerns. Remember, if you have questions for our experts you can submit them on our submissions page.

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Question: Are waist length and longer braids thinning my shoulder length hair?

Answer:

Braids/twists with added hair are heavy on their own. The longer the braids/twists installed, the more dense it is. The braid/twist is essentially tugging at your roots and, if your hair is fine or already weak, your hair will start to thin and break. If you want to wear braids or twists but are concerned about breakage, consider braids or twists that are shorter in length or thinner–the thicker a braid or twist is, the heavier it will be.

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Reece is a NYC based hairstylist and at 23, she is currently a student at the Carsten Institute of Cosmetology in New York City where she is expected to graduate in January 2015. At Carsten, Reece has made a point to not only learn the traditional techniques and services offered but has also opened herself to learning how to apply those same techniques to diverse hair types, especially naturally, curly hair. One of Reece’s goals, as she grows in the beauty industry, is to be a trailblazer in the movement of professionalizing natural hair care.

Instagram: @littlemissreece / Site: styleseat.com/styledbyreece

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