Styling problem: Does braiding bleached hair cause more damage?by NinesPosted 4 years, 1 month ago
Hi guys I have been blonde for a month now and I have a styling problem. I have long bleached blonde hair that goes beyond my bra strap and I want to get your opinion on the way I'm styling my hair.
I don't own a hair straightener and I suck at using a blow dryer so I have been braiding my hair when I'm at home and before I go to sleep so that when I leave the house I can just undo the braids and have a curly beach blonde-esque hair. I wash my hair every three days with sulfate free shampoo followed by a coconut oil treatment and argan oil.
After it's dry I will braid it up and sometimes put it up in a bun.
Am I doing more harm than good though? Because I read that braiding can cause hairfall and breakage on normal hair so I'm assuming it's more damaging on bleached hair. However I find that braiding my hair is convenient because I'm not accidentally tugging at my hair during sleep. However it does tangle up my hair and it's a pain to comb it out before I shower and sometimes I have broken bits of hair falling off.
What do you think I should do? I can't comb my hair when it's still wet because its fragile so I let it air dry but when I do it looks frizzy and crimped up.
by vivienne StaffPosted 4 years, 1 month ago
I think it's fine. If your braids are tighter, you may be putting more pressure on your hair, and if it's already weakened, the extra strain might make it worse. On the other hand, if you let your hair go, you'd have to deal with the damage extra friction does to your hair (especially your ends), so I think a braid is probably the better of the two, since at least you can keep your ends protected.
You could also try wrapping your hair up at night, but you won't have the curls, obviously.
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