Lauren: My Crochets Were Too Tight

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Lauren discusses her excruciating experience of getting crochet braids for the first time.

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Pretty Shouldn’t Hurt is a short film we created in partnership with Dark & Lovely that challenges the hairstyling practices that have led to hair loss in over a third of Black women. Taking a pain reliever after getting your hair done is not normal, and the notion that braids have to be tight in order to be secure is a myth that needs to be dispelled. We’ve grown up believing ‘the tighter the better’ when it comes to braided hairstyles, and as a result, today’s generation of Black women have seen their moms, aunts, grandmas and even friends lose their hairlines.

We’re setting out to eliminate pain from the Black hair styling experience and reduce the rate of thinning and hair loss due to improper styling methods and to do this we’re enlisting the support of 100 of the most vocal and influential players in the Black hairstyling industry, including experts featured in the film—natural hairstyling pioneer, Anu Prestonia, Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Crystal Aguh, Celebrity Hairstylist & Trichologist, Dr. Kari Williams, and Emmy-nominated celebrity stylist and Dark & Lovely Ambassador, Derick Monroe–all in an effort to create and promote a new standard in taking care of protective styles like box braids, cornrows, wigs, weaves and crochets.

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