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www.webmd.com/beauty/features/8-ways-youre-damaging-your-hair

5. Ponytails and braids -- "Ponytails and braids can cause hair to break, especially if your style is pulled tightly," Mirmirani says. "If you wear it that way every day, permanent hair damage can ...

www.byrdie.com/hairstyles-that-cause-damage

If the hair is pulled back too tightly, it can break away from its roots, which can result in splitting, hair weakness, and follicle damage. Make sure you keep the start of the braid loose. Braids, which includes boxer and Felicia styles, that are too tight can also cause tensile stress, which occurs when there is constant tugging on hair ...

www.thehaircarecompany.org/.../the-damage-braids-and-weaves-cause-on-hair

Doing this can and will cause significant damage. I have seen young girls hair follicles permanently damaged because their mothers had been putting extension braids in their hair since the age of twelve, and by college, they have to wear wigs or weaves because the hair has ceased growing from many follicles, and was paper thin.

forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=127916

The actual braiding does not damage hair. Quite the converse, it protects it from tangling and thus protects from the damage you'd otherwise get by removing those tangles. Braids aren't as protective as buns, for the reasons that picklepie listed, but that's not the same as them being actively damaging. Also, you always have the option of ...

www.cbsnews.com/news/8-ways-youre-damaging-your-hair

8 Ways You're Damaging Your Hair. ... Causes of Hair Damage. ... Braiding or putting your hair in a ponytail when it's wet can cause damage sooner because wet hair is more fragile. 6.

www.webmd.com/.../hair-loss/news/20110411/braids-weaves-raise-risk-of-hair-loss

Some hairstyles favored by African-American women including tight braids and weaves may increase their risk of developing an irreversible form of scarring hair loss, according to a new study.

longhaircareforum.com/threads/what-types-of-braids-do-the-least-damage.375359

Tree braids cause the least amount of damage. Because there is NO heat or chemicals applied to your hair. All of your own hair is braided in and only extension hair is left out allowing your hair to breathe and grow. These are the tree braids I did on myself. My hair is natural and it was completely protected by the tree braids.

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The tighter the braid, the worse it is for your hair. It essentially snaps the strands, sort of like the damage a rubber band does. Yes, letting your hair air dry is better but does not "restore" moisture to your cuticle, it just is not damaging like the heat from a hair dryer (which removes moisture).

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This is murder on the hair follicles and can lead to traction alopecia and even permanent hair loss. This unfortunately happens so often that many women wonder how to braid hair without damaging edges by default, but damage does not have to occur. Signs that your braids are too tight and may need to be removed immediately:

www.bustle.com/articles/137933-9-truths-to-know-before-sleeping-in-braids-to...

Although braiding your hair at night might be an easy fix for wavy hair the next day, there are a lot of truths to know before sleeping in braids. While the idea of waking up to beautiful, bouncy ...