Wondering if braids make your hair grow?
Disinformation is common in the natural hair community, probably because many people are just starting to get to know their curls and kinky hair.
Dubious information about hair growth miracles constantly appears on the internet and spreads like wildfire.
One of the most popular myths is that braids make hair grow faster.
That’s not entirely true, and we’ll tell you why in this article.
Fact or Fiction: Do Braids Make Hair Grow?
Braids don’t make hair grow faster. They allow your hair to avoid frequent detangling, friction, and other manipulations, which significantly contribute to damage and breakage.
When you braid your hair, well, these allow the hair to elongate. However, they don’t make it grow faster.
This is an important distinction to make. It’s not uncommon to encounter people who claim they gained inches thanks to their braids.
These individuals haven’t actually gained additional inches compared to when they didn’t have braids.
Instead, they were able to better retain the inches of hair that managed to grow while they had braids because with this hairstyle, hair is less manipulated.
Hair has a normal growth rate, but due to various factors such as hair products, straighteners, blow dryers, brush strokes, combs, and others, that they undergo every day, well, they break.
Braids are considered protective hairstyles, so they help protect the hair against all the things that can cause it to break.
However, to be able to see the lengths that the braids allowed you to retain, there is a certain way to remove and maintain them.
- To start, you’ll need to opt for a competent hairdresser. Your hair is very important, and you need to know who to trust with it.
Also, note that braids should not be too tight.
- As usual, do a good shampoo: for example, once a week.
- Once done, you can take a conditioner of your choice and apply it.
- Keep the scalp clean – condition then rinse. Using a towel, squeeze.
- Let it air dry.
- Now, it’s time to moisturize, and do it properly. You can do this using a hydrating spray.
To do this, take some vegetable oils that you mix with water and add a moisturizing cream.
Avoid using hair products that contain mineral oil or petroleum jelly, as these have no moisturizing effect on your hair.
Also, be careful not to leave your braids in for too long. On average, you should leave them in for 2 to 3 weeks.
Following a certain technique, you can remove them so that your hair doesn’t break.
Factors Influencing Hair Growth
Genetics and Health
When you’re in good health, your hair grows continuously.
The average rate of hair growth is about between 0.8 and 1.5 cm per month, regardless of your hair type.
Some people’s hair grows faster due to genetics and hormones.
But overall health is also very important.
Eating healthily, exercising, avoiding alcohol or drugs, drinking plenty of water, etc., are factors that influence hair growth and quality!
But one of the main factors you need to pay attention to is length retention through a good hair care routine
Hair Care Routine
Length retention refers to maintaining and preserving the hair on your head.
Your hair growth goals will remain unattainable without length retention.
Regardless of how fast your hair grows, it will break if it’s not properly maintained, and there won’t be any visible progress.
For your new hair to turn into visible length, your ends must be properly protected, styled, and maintained.
Impact of Braids on Hair Growth
Braids give your hair a break from frequent detangling, friction with pillows, and other sources of manipulation, which significantly contribute to hair damage and breakage.
Unless you’re facing a problem that specifically causes hair loss, the truth is that your hair is constantly growing.
The challenge is in keeping the hair that grows.
Now that you know that braiding isn’t the direct cause of hair growth, you might be wondering if braids are anyway suitable for your hair.
When done correctly, braids are excellent for your natural hair and can even help you retain its length!
Different Braid Styles
There are many styles and braiding techniques. For example, you can wear braids with extensions or braid your natural hair alone.
Hair extensions are convenient and protective because they keep the hair in place and prevent it from fraying, slipping, or curling.
Some popular styles include:
- twists or braids
- knotless braids
- box braids
- african braids
- faux locs …
Protective hairstyles give your hair a break from daily manipulation and friction with fabrics or surfaces.
Braided hair is less likely to tangle and suffer damage.
When Braids Are Bad for Hair?
The problem with braids is that they’re not always done correctly or at the right time, which can cause significant damage and decrease length retention.
Here are a few scenarios in which braids are bad for your hair:
Hair becomes fragile after a chemical straightening session, and braiding your hair can further damage it in its weakened state.
Braiding hair when it’s wet can be damaging, as wet hair is fragile and can break easily. So it’s best to let hair dry before braiding.
Immediately after bleaching
Bleaching alters the structure of the hair, making it more susceptible to damage, and braiding can exacerbate the damage.
When too tight
Tight braids can lead to many scalp and hair problems, from irritation and scalp bumps to traction alopecia.
If your hair is thinning
No matter how gently you braid, braids pull on your scalp and can make fine hair look even finer.
If your hair is thinning, you need to take a break from hairstyles that can be even slightly aggressive to your hair.
If left in for too long
If you leave it too long, you risk losing hair and breaking it as you unravel it.
If any of the above situations apply to you, don’t blame yourself.
We all make mistakes during our journey into the world of natural hair! The main thing is to correct these mistakes!
Now you know everything, it’s up to you to act!