That's true but only to a certain extent - if you don't braid your hair in the right way you will lose hair!
When it comes to braids you need to keep the following things in mind:
Braiding your hair will lead to breakage if:
- The braids are tiny
- You neglect your hair while it’s in braids
To ensure your hair does grow when it is braided do the following:
- Deep condition your hair very thoroughly before braiding
- Detangle your hair well before you go to the stylist as she will be less patient with detangling your hair for you; if your hair is all tangled she will break more of it than you would
- Make sure you don’t put a large hair extension on a small patch of hair. The pulling impact could lead to breakage
- Plait your hair without using extensions, e.g. by doing corn rows or single plaits and twists with your own hair only
- If you do use extensions, consider corn rowing the hair on the front edge. It tends to be more prone to breakage
- Ensure you treat your hair just as well in braids as you do when it’s not. This means washing, deep conditioning and moisturizing every 7 to 1o days
- Continue to spritz it with water twice daily. This will ensure that when you unbraid the hair it’s not dry and brittle
- When you take the braids out give your hair a break. I think two weeks is a decent enough time to assess the state of your hair before putting on a new set of braids.