Posted on April 3, 2008 by Samara

Micro Braids A Hair Growers Disaster

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About 2 years ago I got micro braids in my hair and when I removed all of them the hair that came out was enough to make a wig! My hair was extremely damaged and even now, 2 years later, my hair is still trying to repair itself. I will never get micro braids again and I wouldn’t advise anyone else to get them either because they are damaging.

If you are going to get braids make sure the braids aren’t super tight or super skinny. Not only is it time consuming to get out, but braids that are too tight will pull on the hair and cause lots of shedding and breakage. The braids will also cause more severe breakage around the edges of your head which doesn’t look good at all.

I have a friend that just like the singer Brandy wore braids since I known her and when she took them out her hair was very very thin. Her edges were even thinner. She would put the braids in right after she took them back out because the braids thinned her hair out so much that she had to wear braids to look like she actually had hair. She’s now wearing a wig until her hair begins to thicken again and her hair is also not long at all.

Braids don’t make your hair grow and if they are braided too tight and too small they don’t allow your hair to rest either.

If you’re trying to grow your hair out please don’t put micro braids in your hair. You need to be able to condition weekly and moisturize daily and micro braids won’t allow you to do this.

If you do get braids condition your hair with the Aphogee 2-Step Protein Treatment to help strengthen and repair your hair. Then moisturize you hair at least 2-3 times a day with a  good moisturizer..


 
  • Diana

    Thanks so much for posting this. I was considering getting them but my mom keeps saying it will pull your hair out and you’ve now confirmed it. I’m glad I found this site.

  • Keke

    I believe if u take care of ur micros they will grow ur hair just like any other braids will. I have micro braids rite now and my hair has grown faster and stronger. Everyday i spray them wit olive oil and African Pride braid spray…

  • Keke

    I dont believe all of those myths are myths at all…brushing hair will not damage ur hair…i had long hair once upon a time and my mom brushed it and combed it with a small comb…all of these tips for black women to grow hair is bull…there are so many hair types that all things will have a different result on the hair…

    • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

      Brushing black hair rips out your hair. Whatever you do you shouldn’t use any kind of brush in your hair. Please purchase the book Ultra Black Hair Growth II by Cathy Howse for more information. Not only is my hair growth proof that my tips and hair regimen works, but so is Cathy’s Hair growth along with the women that have submitted photos of their beautiful long hair.

      Also to the comment about braids making the hair grow faster. Nothing makes the hair grow faster, not even braids.

  • Robin

    I have a very soft grade of hair and mistakenly got micro braids. I lost so much hair that i thought it was all going to fall out! I was also left with 2 little bald spots in the very front of my hairline due to my braids being too tight. I have been using mango butter on my hair. It is strengthening and even growing my hair, but i can’t get those bald spots to grow back. Does anyone have any suggestions on what i can do to get rid of these bald spots?

    • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

      Try stimulating your scalp to grow your hair back. I have two products I can recommend that will help stimulate your hair to growing again. The first product is the Organic Root Stimulator Scalp Scrub used in conjunction with the Organic Root Stimulator Fertilizing Temple Balm or Serum. These products are designed for those that have experience hair loss. I will also recommend the Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise because it also contains ingredients that can strengthen and repair your hair once the bald spots are filled in.

  • Robin

    Thank you for that information. I am definitely going to give this a try. I know that everybody’s hair grows differently but can you estimate about how soon I should see some results?

    • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

      I’m not exactly sure how long it will take. All hair is different, but I know hair grows on an average of 1/2 inch per month. In your case sense it sounds like a case of stunted hair growth I would recommend you to visiting the Organic Root Stimulator Site for more information about their products.

  • T.T.

    I have a very soft and curly garde of hair and I am an african american. I had micros and they actually helped my hair grow a lot. I think it depends on how long you leave the braids in and how tight they are when they first get done. I left my braids in for a little over three months. My mother did my hair. I think it’s not really a good decision to go to the africans for micros, since they pull the hair so tight. But it depends on the grade of hair-some people’s hair is stronger than others.

    • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

      Well T.T. I have to correct you on that. The braids did not make your hair grow. Your hair grows 1/2 inch per month on average so I’m guessing you had about 1 1/2 inch of new growth. Braids can give your hair a break from the stress of daily styling if they are not done too tightly, but they DO NOT make the hair grow.

  • http://google Infiniti Parks

    Hi, my hair was tooken out because of these pills called zyrtec that I take for my asthma. Do you think I should get micro braids, because it seems that everytime braids get put in my hair they grow my hair no less than 6 months

    • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

      Braids DO NOT make your hair grow. They only give your hair a break from daily styling which in turn eliminates a lot of breakage. I don’t really recommend microbraids because of the damaging effects they have. You should talk to your doctor about changing your prescription and probably try a low maintenance hair style such as a hair bun or cornrows instead.

  • http://myspace.com Danielle

    i think that if you take care of your braids then your hair will be fine because i had short(shoulder length) hair before i got my mircos and now my hair is longer. The point is if you take care of your braids then your hair will be fine as long as yo don’t get them too tight or thin and pull on them because that is what makes your hair break off

  • hazelyn

    I would like to no how my hair can start growng again without putting in any sort of braids in,my hair is really short from putting in to much straight perm my hair is really damaged and i cant do any style with my hair cause its that short,i was told to steam my hair,my mom massages my hair but it doesnt seem to be working can you help me.

    • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

      You may need to abandon all the chemicals all together until your hair is in better shape. Follow the instructions on this site and incorporate the Organic Root Stimulator Scalp Scrub and Hair Serum or Balm into your hair care regimen.

  • Caresse

    Thanks so much for this article too badd I just took out my micros and lost a ton of hair…oh well it will grow back…lots and lots of conditioning headed my way.

  • Precious

    I have actually had my hair grow from micros. Its about how u care for them and what you tell the braider to do. If you don’t want them reall tight let the braider know. One year in January I cut my down very short I didn’t like is so I wore a wig till march then I wore micros til June, after mr relaxer I had half of my back. My hair was right below my chin before I cut it.

  • Demy

    Well if I got regularl braids, like medium sized with syntethtic hair, do you think that it would pull my hair out or break it?

    • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

      Not if you remember to moisturize daily. Moisturize your hair with a sea sponge soaked in Infusium 23, then spray your hair with an oil free braid sheen daily. DO NOT moisturize the scalp daily because this can cause buildup. Only moisturize the scalp right after you shampoo. Also remember to condition your braids weekly. Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise is a great deep conditioner for braid wearers.

  • chicquita

    Hello I see both negative and positive feedback on microbraids.But I just have a question. Can you wash your hair with micro braids in? I really want to get them in at the end of next month, and also how long should I wait if I just recived a perm?

    • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

      Yes you can wash your hair with the braids in your hair, but wait at least 2 weeks before getting them after a relaxer because your hair is pretty weak after that chemical process.

  • Candace

    First off, we should be more specific with “microbraids”. People shouldn’t worry about getting human hair box braids. The problem is the size of the braids. Yes, if they are too small or tight, you will strain your hair, it will weaken, and break off. You should make sure the ends are braided beyond where your hair ends if you want them to be loose. But as long as you moisturize them daily, you’ll be fine.
    And there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to wash and condition often. Braids are a great way to give hair a break from combs, brushes, and heat. They also help retain the ends of the hair your growing, which makes hair appear to grow faster. Definitely don’t rule braids out of your style regimen. Just take care of it.

    • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

      I’m glad you made this point. My article is not to rule out braids entirely, but “micro” braids to be specific because of the size of the actual braid. Braids are okay as long as their medium sized or larger.

  • http://tiffantyuo tiffany

    well my sister said if the mico braids break your hair it is too tight.but all braid break you hair.ok

  • Daja

    I was wondering you sayed that micros were bad but what about Kinky twist.!

    • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

      The way in which kinky-twist are put into the hair is not damaging at all(as long as they aren’t too tight). Kinky-twist are an excellent alternative to the more damaging mirco braids.

  • Fe-fe

    i have micro’s and they really help my hair grow and i take care of them…i did mines my self i say there good 4 you only if you take care of them and dont pull them tight

  • Angela

    I not that you’re not a huge fan of braids but what do you suggest day to day on maintenance of braids?

  • Koren

    Well after reading this I had to leave a comment. I think it all depends on your hair strength and the tightness of the braids. Once when I got microbraids I left them in for a month and only greased them with oil sheen. They weren’t tight at all and I got a perm as soon as they were out. My hair was the longest it’s ever been since I was a child. It grew from my neck to my shoulders and continued to grow. But in my case my hair is kind of strong and kinda thick. You just have to take care of your hair no matter what style it’s in. The main thing is everyone’s hair is different, especially black women.

  • Beth

    My question is, that I had micro braids about 2-3 years ago and my edges did come out after taking them out and also the braids were poppin off in the front before i took them all out. I just need to know of a product out there that will help me grow my edges back. I have been wearing tracks with bangs since then, but I would really like to wear a style without the bangs, but since the micros took out my edges my hairline looks like its to far back. Help please any suggestions?

    • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

      Hi Beth,

      My edges came out, well were thinned out when I wore micros also and it took a while before my hair actually thickened up in that area(a few years). I never wore tracks though. The tracks are halting the hair growth in that area because the glue and the actual track itself clogs the pores and smother’s the hair follicles making your current situation worse. You need to stop wearing tracks. Start scalp massage and hold off on chemicals for a while to get your hair growing again. (FYI: Mine didn’t fill in completely until I went natural.) Follow the tips on this site and stay away from mineral oil and petroleum containing products. It will take a while, but in time your hair will grow back and fill in. There isn’t a product out there that will make your hair grow faster.

  • Yuki

    Interesting article. I too had pretty thin braids for years, about six from high school to college. And I also had a whole handful of my hair at least after I took them out to put new ones in. And the shower would be filled with my fallen hair and clog the darn drain.

    However, I didn’t lose my hairline and I grew my hair longer than it ever has been. The enormous amount of hair that I saw was all of the hair that would have fallen out naturally but had nowhere to go so they just sat there. It’s true that braids won’t be the reason that your hair grows, however, it allows for less stress to be put on it as long as the length isn’t too much longer than the actual natural hair and the braids shouldn’t be tight at all. Its hard to find a braider though that isn’t heavy-handed. But you might get lucky, you never know. I did and my hair grew like a weed under her care.

  • Onj423

    I had Micros for about a year straight and have had other braids off and on. I had no problem with my micros and my hair was to the middle of my back by the time I decided to get a relaxer. It was also very healthy. I left my micros in about 3 months each time and yes there was tons of hair when I took it out but it would have come out over the 3 months had I combed my natural hair everyday. I think tha if a perosn gets it to tight for their head there is breakage. Any process that pulls on the hair is damaging (brushing, pressing, hot comb, perms etc.) Depends on the head of hair. I loved my micros!

  • kayla

    I wear braids all of the time and i have to say that my hair has grown a lot but it’s all in how you take care of your hair. If you get micros and pull them back so tight you can’t smile than of course your hair will fall out. I’ve worn braids for years but I must say that if you are a frequent braid wearer it is good to give your hair a break from the braids and deep condition and also trim the hair to maintain healthy growth.

  • Dee Dee

    Hi Samara,
    I have been reading your post and need to ask you a question for a suggestion. I too had micros and they took out the edges of my hair in the front. I had always had braids off and on and never was my hair falling out until I had the africans braid my hair. My hair would literally come out with my roots of my hair attached to the ends of the braids. Well then I went to ponytails and got a bald spot where I continually wore the ponytail. Now I’ve been wearing wigs and still the hair problems exist and an added problem in the back around the nape of my neck my hair has broken off from the elastic of the wig. I’m so upset because my hair has always been thick, full and a medium to long length. After reading your post I am considering getting the kinky twist but only African do this hair style. However around my edges I want them to be left alone but my other problem is that I’m getting gray hair in the front where my edges were pulled out and need to dye what very little hair is there in order for it to look right. I am 41 yrs old. I know with the Organic Root Stimulator Fertilizing Serum you have to wait two weeks before using dye or use two weeks after or else it will again take your hair out. What would you suggest for me in order to be able to color my hair and use products to promote growth which won’t break it off. Also, do you think the Kinky Twist is the way to go to restore my hair to a healthy state? My hair is so damaged, broken off, with a bald spot that I am hating myself. Please help.

    • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

      Hello,

      Right now I do not recommend the kinky twist at all. Your hair and scalp has suffered enough damage and that will cause further damage to your hair. The Africans are braiding your hair way too tight, I would never allow them to style my hair ever again if I were you. You need to start babying you hair until your scalp heals and the hair grows back in. This will take a while, but it is worth it. If you are using chemicals such as relaxers, I would stop using them as well until your hair returns to normal. My suggesting is to go ahead and use a rinse for your hair to color the grays, then wait 2 weeks before using the ORS serum. Massage your scalp for 5-10 minutes every night. Co-wash your hair with a silicone free shampoo every 3 days and deep condition your hair weekly. Use natural moisturizers such as shea butter and coconut oil. And purchase some beautiful satin or silk scarves to cover your hair. Also have someone cornrow your hair, but not tight. Don’t go to the Africans for this, or just plait your hair. Do this until your hair grows back in. It may take about a year. That’s how long it took for me to grow my edges back in.

  • sheila

    i presently have micro braids and the braids were extremely tight but they have loosened up after 2 weeks. i read some were that olive oil will help repair my hair while still braided. is this true and do you have any suggestions on how 2 care for my hair since i already have the braids

    • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

      Please do not put oil in your hair while in micro’s. Oil will cause build up, leading to the braids being difficult to remove. My suggesting is to cleanse your hair weekly and spray it with an oil free moisturizer every day. You can dilute shampoo and pour it over your hair while in the shower to cleanse the hair. Then rinse thoroughly. You can also use an apple cider vinegar rinse once a month to clarify and reduce build up. For moisturizing the braids. Mix some Infusium 23 and water in a bottle and spray on the braids, not your scalp daily. You can also use an oil free braid sheen spray as well. If your scalp is major itchy a small amount of jojoba oil can be applied to the scalp.

  • Terri

    i have been debating on whether i should get micro braids or not some of my friend girls tell me they dont break your hair if you take care of them others say including my mom they do break your hair badly whether you take care of them or not. Right now my hair is short around the edges long in the front and middle and short in the back i dont want to lose the hair i have worked hard to grow back. Should i get micros? will they damage my hair?

    • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

      Personally speaking, micro’s took out my hair, especially around the edges and it took YEARS to grow that hair back. I always had long thick hair when I was relaxed, but those braids took out my hair and I DID take care of them. My hair was broken off in certain areas of my head and my edges were broke off and thinned out. I only had them in for about 3 months and that severe damage was done in such a short period of time!

      I encourage you not to get them, if long hair is what you are aiming to achieve, but if you must get your hair braided, make sure the braids aren’t extremely small and that they are not braided in too tightly, especially around the edges. If your braider braids too tight that it feels like you just had a botox injection, SPEAK UP. It’s your hair and it can’t speak for itself. Let them know the braid is too tight and to do it over. You are the client and you are paying THEM, so they should respect your wishes.

  • http://growblackhair.net Benita

    Hello, I am getting ready to go swimming this summer. I have not done it in a few years, but when I usually went my hair was in micro braids. What is a good shampoo to take chlorine out of your hair? Should I continue to swim with micro braids? What would be a good hair care routine while I am swimming this summer?

    • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

      Apply conditioner and/or shea butter to hair prior to taking your dips in the pool. The butter and/or conditioner will act as a barrier to prevent the chlorine from absorbing into your hair. Another good tip is to wet your hair, then apply the conditioner. If your hair is wet and full of conditioner it won’t have room to absorb too much of the chlorine. Apple cider vinegar rinses are a great natural way to clarify your hair of the chlorine. You can also try the Curls Clarifying shampoo or Kinky-Curly’s Come Clean shampoo. Giovanni 50:50 clarifying shampoo is also a good brand.

      Deep condition often to replenish lost moisture and moisturize daily. As you may know I do not recommend micro’s. Cornrows or medium sized braids are healthier.

  • Jasmine

    I had got single braids 2 years ago and now my hair is just getting shorter and shorter I tried alot of products and shampoos but nothing seems to work also I always had long hair and now my hair is super short is there any product I can use to repair my hair

    • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

      Products will not repair your hair. You also can’t be going from product to product in search for a miracle cure. The best option is using chemical free products and wearing protective styles while diligently moisturizing and conditioning your hair. Your hair will not grow back or return back in great shape in one night, but with time and patience it will. First start using a sulfate free shampoo and cleanse your hair weekly. Deep condition you hair weekly with a silicone free conditioner such as Giovanni Smooth as Silk deeper moisture conditioner. Wear you hair in protective styles and moisturize the hair daily with a water based leave-in and some oil to seal your ends.

  • Stephanie Burrell

    Just recently had my daughters hair braided. Its braided to the scalp not tight at all. The braids are about the size of a pencil. What is the best way to care for her hair this summer? She has a relaxer. How do I keep the hair from breaking? She is a swimmer.

    • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

      Do not use oil in her hair because this will cause the hair to matte and tangle. use a oil free leave-in daily. A good one is the Kinky-Curly Knot Today. What I suggest is to mix about 4 oz of Knot today with 4 oz of aloe vera juice and 2 oz of water. Spray this in her hair daily. Before she swims wet her hair and coat her hair with conditioner so it won’t absorb as much chlorine. Also Don’t allow the braids to stay in her hair over 3 months.

  • Raquel Flores-Clemons

    This is quite an interesting article and thread, and I must participate in this discussion! (and if my comment is too long, I’m sorry…) :) I am a mixed woman (Black and Puerto Rican), wearing my very kinky hair (I mean, it can get like Kunta…lol) natural. I agree with most of what you are saying (and I read that Cathy Howse book prior to stumbling across this article- and she’s on point!), but I do think there are some things that have not been mentioned that is important to consider when getting braids. I understand (and I’m sure you do, too) that everyone’s hair (and experiences) are different. That is extremely important to be aware of when one is considering getting braids of ANY kind. From my personal experience, I think that the key(s) to getting micros without breakage is to learn about hair YOURSELF, take stock of the condition of your hair before braiding, proper preparation of your hair before braiding, getting a braider/stylist that has the HEALTH of your hair in mind, and good maintenance while braids are in. I’ve had micros before and I have micros now. I am fortunate that all of my braiding experiences have been good. I mean really good… no headaches after braiding and no fall-out of hair while braids were in, while taking them out, or in the months after. I believe the reason for that is because of the aforementioned “keys”.
    I did my homework, basically. From reading TONS of books about all types of hair (with a focus on African-American hair care), to participating in forums such as this to get advice from others experiences, to picking the brains of every hair care PROFESSIONAL that ever put their hands in my hair. A good hair care professional does not mind you asking a bunch of questions about how to take care of your hair. And if you come across one that becomes irritated that you are questioning, you need to find somebody else (I got that tip from a hair specialist, and, too my benefit, have put that into practice). I’ve had around the way girls do my hair (who would usually do it very cheaply… lol), w/out problems, because of the advice I’ve gotten from professionals and put into practice. The consensus was that you have to be real about your hair condition. If you have hair that can take it, then get braids if you desire. If your hair is on the weak side (especially if it is relaxed hair), do months of needed treatment to strengthen your hair. African-Americans need to use products that are non-water based, so that they hair will not dry out, so that it can breathe, and so that elasticity of the hair can improve. Good elasticity in hair is where most of the strength is. And make protein conditioner a part of your regular hair maintenance. It makes your hair super strong! No matter what texture or condition of your hair, you MUST do proper deep conditioning and strengthening of your hair in the weeks before getting ANY braids.
    The person doing your hair has to be concern about the hair, not just the style! I am fortunate to be going to an ALL ENCOMPASSING hair specialist- meaning not only does she knows how to do EVERYTHING dealing with hair under the sun, but she knows how to work with and treat ALL hair types and the health of the hair is her number one priority. HEALTH OVER STYLE and BE YOUR HAIRS ADVOCATE!!! That is important, because not all hair stylist have that skill (and I thank God that I found her, it is a real blessing!) When you go to a lot of these “African” braiding shops, they only know how to braid, and that’s it. They don’t give a damn about your hair. If they are braiding to tight, tell them and remind them that you are a paying customer. If it is uncomfortable, you have the right to NOT PAY THEM if you don’t like you hair!!!!! That includes how your scalp physically feels (and looks) after they have begun braiding. My stylist did my microbraids, but she advised me on what to do to get my hair ready to braid, she refused to braid below a certain size, and she does not braid tight because it puts too much stress on the hair and scalp. She also recommends taking a multi-vitamins and be aware of ones diet (in general, but also during the time of your braids) as part of maintenance to keep hair healthy and strong.
    Braids are a great way to not put daily stress on your hair. However, if you take them out too soon you put added stress on them, and if you keep them in too long you put added stress on them. When you get your hair braided, you pretty much shock your hair. You have to let your hair get use to what it has just gone through- hours of being pulled/ turned and more weight added to the strands in an instant. I’ve been told that braids can stay in for up to four months, but that does not mean you should keep them up that long. I’ve been recommended to keep them in no longer than 10 weeks. It takes about 6 weeks you’re your hair to mat up and begin to lock. Ask anyone with dreads, it’s around week 10 that they can really see that lock formation.
    From my current stylist as well as others in the past, I’ve been recommended to clean my hair once a week with braiding shampoo (NOT REGULAR) or with a super soaked cloth damped with either witch hazel or Sea Breeze. Not only does this prevents slippage of the braid, but it cleans the hair without adding products on that can leave residue and cake up on the hair. Residue can make the hair look dull/lifeless AND cause more matting. Also, I do think it’s a stretch to suggest not to put any oil in your hair while braids are in. I think non-oil based products are good and can be a great alternative to oil, but oil does not have to be ruled out entirely. Whether you have your hair in braids or in whatever style, every GOOD hair care professional that I’ve been in contact with have recommended oil, but it must be a natural/organic LIQUID oil that is non-petroleum, lanolin, or mineral based. Liquid oil soaks into the hair follicles and scalp. Other stuff sits on top of the follicle and cakes up not allowing hair to breath and attracting more dirt while loosening the braid.
    Last (whew!), I learned a great tip from a former hair stylist of mine that I think really helps my hair not fall out when I take the braids out. She suggested I used use fabric softener ( I know!) on my hair to loosen the braid before taken them out. I swear by it!!!!!! It works like a gem! I soak my hair in fabric softener from root to tip, and massage into the braid and they begin to fall apart. The way I know that my hair is not falling out is that I run a comb through the unbraided hair immediately after I take it down, and little to no hair is on the comb. And it makes the unbraiding go by very quick!!!!! When I’m done unraveling my hair, I immediately wash it with shampoo and conditioner that is non oil based & heavy in moisturizers, and I give myself an DEEP protein conditioner. I also let my hair rest for at least a month before getting ANY type of braids or any strenuous styling back in my hair.
    I swear by the aforementioned and I think these things have really helped me out as far as retaining my hair after micros. It sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t, especially if you already have a hair maintenance routine in place.

  • Erika

    Hi there!
    I am natural and will be getting micros mid June.

    I have been going to the same braider now since I was 19 and with very good results.
    -She works on my hair – she and she alone
    -She allows me to interject when I dont like something
    Needless to say, I am pretty comfortable letting her do my micros again.

    The hair at the back of my head ALWAYS grows like wildflowers when I am in micros while the front of my hair does its own thing, lol.

    I do experience some hair loss when taking my braids out and I believe its due to the fact that:
    1) I take poor care of my hair while I am in the braids. I mean I think I am on a hair doing/hair care vacation when my hair is in braids, I dont wash, condition, moisturize them, NADA.
    2) Keeping them in too long
    3) Taking them out in a haste
    4) Using the wrong products when (I finally do) decided to take care of them and when I take them out
    5) The length of the braid pulling on my hair (esp around the hairline) Thankfully I haven’t experienced bald spots in these areas, just slight thinning.

    Even with all this being the case, my hair is usually none for worse or wear and always (thank goodness) bounces back after a while.

    That being said, this time I would like to be smarter about going about it. Also, in times past, I was taking a break from my routine/ritual of press n curls. Now that I am all natural, I do want to make sure I prep my hair correctly, take care of my hair while getting and wearing the braids and also take them out correctly.

    Even though you aren’t a micro braids enthusiast, can you please help me in these areas????

    Here are my questions:
    1)I plan on getting a trim before I get micros. Is this okay or should I wait?

    2)What is a good pre micro hair prep procedure I should do before going to the braiding salon? I heard I should deep condish, co wash, and then blow dry my hair with a heat protectant natural oil like (I think) almond oil. What do you suggest?

    3) You know how the braiding salon uses that grease to grease your edges before braiding them? That grease I am sure contains all types of harmful agents. Do you know of any natural “grease-like” product I can supply my braider to assist them in “catching” the hairline hairs (I am assuming that’s why they use that grease) and to prevent breakage in that area?

    4) When you say moisturize your braids not your scalp, what KIND of moisturizer? Shea butter? A spray? And what should I do to my scalp?

    and lastly…
    5) What is the best way to take my braids out and what should I do to my hair after its taken out?

    THANK U EVER SO MUCH FOR THIS ARTICLE!!

  • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

    Hi there!
    I am natural and will be getting micros mid June.

    I have been going to the same braider now since I was 19 and with very good results.
    -She works on my hair – she and she alone
    -She allows me to interject when I dont like something
    Needless to say, I am pretty comfortable letting her do my micros again.

    The hair at the back of my head ALWAYS grows like wildflowers when I am in micros while the front of my hair does its own thing, lol.

    I do experience some hair loss when taking my braids out and I believe its due to the fact that:
    1) I take poor care of my hair while I am in the braids. I mean I think I am on a hair doing/hair care vacation when my hair is in braids, I dont wash, condition, moisturize them, NADA.
    2) Keeping them in too long
    3) Taking them out in a haste
    4) Using the wrong products when (I finally do) decided to take care of them and when I take them out
    5) The length of the braid pulling on my hair (esp around the hairline) Thankfully I haven’t experienced bald spots in these areas, just slight thinning.

    Even with all this being the case, my hair is usually none for worse or wear and always (thank goodness) bounces back after a while.

    That being said, this time I would like to be smarter about going about it. Also, in times past, I was taking a break from my routine/ritual of press n curls. Now that I am all natural, I do want to make sure I prep my hair correctly, take care of my hair while getting and wearing the braids and also take them out correctly.

    Even though you aren’t a micro braids enthusiast, can you please help me in these areas????

    Here are my questions:
    1)I plan on getting a trim before I get micros. Is this okay or should I wait?

    2)What is a good pre micro hair prep procedure I should do before going to the braiding salon? I heard I should deep condish, co wash, and then blow dry my hair with a heat protectant natural oil like (I think) almond oil. What do you suggest?

    3) You know how the braiding salon uses that grease to grease your edges before braiding them? That grease I am sure contains all types of harmful agents. Do you know of any natural “grease-like” product I can supply my braider to assist them in “catching” the hairline hairs (I am assuming that’s why they use that grease) and to prevent breakage in that area?

    4) When you say moisturize your braids not your scalp, what KIND of moisturizer? Shea butter? A spray? And what should I do to my scalp?

    and lastly…
    5) What is the best way to take my braids out and what should I do to my hair after its taken out?

    THANK U EVER SO MUCH FOR THIS ARTICLE!!

    Deep Conditioning the hair a few days before you get them braided is best so your hair will be strengthened and moisturized.

    Oyin handmade pomade or the Kinky-Curly pomade is a good grease alternative.

    A trim is good after you take your braids out

    Also, use a braid moisturizer that is free of oil to prevent buildup in the braids.

    If you follow the steps above taking the braids out shouldn’t be a hassle. Does the salon offer free take down? If so have the professionals take the braids out themselves.

    Goodluck!

  • sheila

    Im not certain of which Aphogee products to buy. My hair is permed,colored and have tendencies to break off after a month or two of no braids. Do you have any suggestions on which products I should purchase. On average I would say may is semi healthy once breakage starts I normally wear braids.

  • Monique

    Hello…I recently got my hair braided(3 days ago) and I can say I have had a good experience…my head wasnt hurting afterwards…I spray my hair with oil sheen nightly and tie it up with a scarf…however i have a few questions about maintaining my braids and my hair while i have my micro braids….
    Can I go swimming with the braids and if so should i braid my hair into one big ponytail?

    How soon should I shampoo? And should I only dry shampoo or should I braid it up and shampoo as normal?

    • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

      Do not use oil sheen in your hair, it will cause your hair to matte. Instead use an oil free braid sheen. Also it is okay to swim and putting your micros into big braids is a great idea. Shampoo your hair normally as well. Your scalp and hair needs to still be cleaned and conditioned weekly to prevent matting and damage.

  • Kya

    My Edges are very thin They have been that way since I have been born. I will not call it alopecia because the hair tries to grow but the point is its thin. Im thinking about Micros but then again thats a thought. What will you prefer? Will micros do nothing but make me completetly bald around my thin edges

  • Andrea

    microbraids dont’t really damage your hair it all depends on how you care for them, the size, and the hair. Synthetic hair strips the natural oils from your natural hair causing breakage but i have found myself that if you use human hair and care for for your braids by keeping them moisturized then your hair will actually grow

    • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

      If I were you I would not put micros in my hair. Mircos will thin out your edges even more. It took me 2 years for my edges to return to normal after 3 months of wearing micros!

  • Kasha

    Hi,
    I am a white female planning on getting micros and human hair or I guess that’s called weave sewn in my hair…Any suggestions?

  • HBIC

    You may need to abandon all the chemicals all together until your hair is in better shape. Follow the instructions on this site and incorporate the Organic Root Stimulator Scalp Scrub and Hair Serum or Balm into your hair care regimen.

    I’ve noticed you are acting like you are an expert and you know everything there is to know in the hair field. I’m just curious, if you are so educated on the topic of growing hair why is that your hair isn’t long and flowing?Just wondering

  • Mrs. R

    I would suggest anyone wearing micro braids only do so with natural hair. I had my micro braids in for 3 months and have natural hair and I had over an 1.5 inches of growth (you should have 6 inches of growth a year, if not, you are doing something damaging to your hair). Also, when I have my braids done, I go home and take out at least 2 rows near my edges. I have always done this. I wear my hair in a bun and part it down the middle and hide my edges. My edges are shoulder length. If a braid is uncomfortable, remove it. You can hide the lose hair with the extra braids.

    Permed hair is already fragile due to the chemicals, so I would suggest only wearing braids with natural hair that is stronger. Also, only use human hair when getting braids, synthetic hair will dry your hair out. Last but not least, you can wash your hair with the braids. I washed and conditioned my hair weekly with the braids and tied it down with aloe gel to smooth it out. Not only did my hair appreciate it, but it will also loosen up the braids. If your hair is dirty, it will break off. If your hair is dry, it will break off. Only use natural oils when adding moisture to your hair (castor oil, olive oil, almond oil). I hope this helps!!

  • Justa

    Wooooowwww… I got kinky twists for the first time earlier this year, and they ripped my hair apart! I recently got micro braids for the first time about a month ago..and they are pretty small. After reading this article, I have no idea what to do anymore.. I have no idea on who to believe. Are they good for your hair? or are they damaging?? Like, I am in the military. I can’t just take my hair out and “go natural” because they need me to look presentable at all times.. What do I do??!

  • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

    Wooooowwww… I got kinky twists for the first time earlier this year, and they ripped my hair apart! I recently got micro braids for the first time about a month ago..and they are pretty small. After reading this article, I have no idea what to do anymore.. I have no idea on who to believe. Are they good for your hair? or are they damaging?? Like, I am in the military. I can’t just take my hair out and “go natural” because they need me to look presentable at all times.. What do I do??!

    I really don’t understand why natural hair is so “unprofessional”. You can be presentable with natural hair as well.

    If your braids are too tight they may take out your hair, especially along the edges which are more fragile.

  • April

    I have been putting micro braids in my hair for a long time and this is my experience: Wearing micros is not always bad. Yes there is shedding, you can’t escape that. The funny thing is that it was a whole lot less shedding with the natural hair then when I got the braids on relaxed hair. Don’t let the person braiding your hair braid the little hairs on edges. I just slick it down with gel. If you take care of your hair while in braids you will not have much shedding. Every day I spray water, vegetable glycerin and a leave in conditioner from the roots to the ends.That’s the only thing I put on my hair. You can also put some kind of oil on your scalp as well. Also wash your hair once a week or every other week. The last time I had braids I took them out myself instead if letting the people at the shop do it. To take them out I wet my hair a little and spray the vegetable glycerin mix on my hair. I also put in a conditioner all over hair and start taking them out, adding more conditioner as I’m working through the hair. The braids come out easy and very little shedding. I was so surprised! It’s a lot of care but once you get into the routine of things it’s really easy.

  • http://www.urulax.com Hair Dryer

    I’ve had this argument/conversation with countless young ladies that want to get micro braids.

    The proof is in the pudding, especially when your hair comes out as you take them out.

    You’re more better off with any other hair style than micro braids, plus they’re so expensive!

  • Shamekia

    I do not believe that braids make your hair grow faster. I was just talking to my husband about this subject last night. The only reason I see more hair growth after having had in braids is because I have not messed with my hair as much and there is not as much breakage. That’s exactly the discussion I had with my husband last night. He doesn’t understand much about black hair because he is white. I love him trying to understand though for our daughter’s sake.

  • J

    I’ve had micro braids in my hair since I was 15 (I’m 25 now) with no rests in-between. I’ve literally been braiding, taking down, washing and re-braiding immediately. During these 10yrs I’ve also had my hair relaxed, permed and weaved. I have a very delicate scalp (when I was a child i suffered from stress induced alopecia and Trichotillomania) so none of these hairstyles have been very good to me so I’ve just kept to micro braids. I’m lucky that my Afro hair seems to grow quite fast and is quite long in it’s natural state. However I will say that my edges are ruined. This year it has been the worst and my hairline around my temples have receded quite far back and I’m distraught that I didn’t notice this earlier. My hairline around the front had also started breaking about an inch now. The areas are not entirely bald, the hair is short and very fine so I know that the follicles have not given up on me yet.

    I’m trying to go fully natural but I’m finding it hard work to manage because my Afro hair is quite long. I really want to rest my hair now but need a hair style that will allow me to. I recently had a full weave placed to rest my hair underneath in cornrows however had to take it down after a week because my scalp was too tender to touch and ended up with little scabs around the crown of my head :-(

    Sooooo im thinking about cornrowing my head again and having the crochet/treebraiding style. I will be doing this myself so I know how tight I can go. Will this be sufficient enough to rest my hair particularly my edges? Please, any advice is welcome

    I was born in England and I’m of African descent. I wish I’d have sought advice on micro braids before I was left with this mess. I really don’t recommend them. Yes you look amazing with them abc they’re low maintanence but the damage they do…… You literally hang a huge weight off a tiny section of your really hair….

    • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

      My suggestion is no more chemicals or braids. My edges did not grow in into I gave up the chemical relaxer and it took a year for them to grow in. This is after wearing micros only one time! May I also suggest that your try wearing your hair in two strand twists. They are similar to the kinky-twists, but you use your own hair and they are not damaging. Infact they encourage hair preservation because this style also rests the hair without the “weights” so to speak. Once you decide to stop using weaves, wigs, and chemicals to maintain your hair you can then have a chance to learn how to maintain it. It will require patience and time, but its well worth it. Just give yourself time and experiment with natural products. You’ll learn to maintain your hair in no time and will learn to love it!

  • J

    Sorry, i don’t think they were as small as micro braids but were single, small braids all the same

  • J

    What about crochet braids over cornrows? Loose, not tight whatsoever as I only plan on keeping them in approximate 2-3 weeks? I’ve found when I wear it natural, I have to detangle and comb it through daily, put more products on to keep it hydrated and oiled which all involve manipulating my hair whereas I just want to style that means no real maintenance of my hair apart from looking after the cornrows and still looks good.

    Thanks

    • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

      I do not comb my hair that often at all and I don’t recommend you to do so. Natural hair should never be combed unless it is wet and saturated with conditioner. I only detangle once a week when I cleanse my hair with a wide tooth comb and detangling (denman) brush. I then style my hair in a protective style and I moisturize daily. Natural hair is naturally dry you will have to hydrate it daily. Two strand twists will not mess up when you apply your moisturizers if you do not want to wear cornrows and you can style your twists in a multitude of ways.

  • Angela

    Many people say that when they take their braids out that their hair has fallen out. What many people dont realize is that you have between 80,000 to 150,000 hairs on your head at any given moment. People normally shed between 50-150 hairs per day. We dont really notice as much when we comb our hair everyday. If your hair is in micros for 2-4 months, when you take them out it is going to appear that you have lost an astronomical amount of hair, when it was mostly shedded hair that got stuck in your braids. I am not saying that braids that are too tight or too small will not break your hair. I am just saying that it is not as much as it appears.

  • rae

    i am a african american girl wit thick hair. and i use to get braids all the time and as long as i oiled my scalp i was fine. i have had kinki twist twice and i micros once and right now i have the micros now and all these times my hair has grown. even right now my hair is growing outside of the braids. but what really damages your hair is putting gel and spritz and heating it all the time. that kills your hair. trust me i know. the best key to growing it is too keeo those ends clipped.

  • http://www.shearup.com hair dryers

    I’m very curious how this will end and how much time it will take …

    Good luck …

  • April

    I must admit my edges are messed up, but I believe it’s due to the over processing of relaxer and also the braids. Now that I don’t relax my hair any more and I don’t get my edges braided it’s growing back little by little. My hair grew a lot while in braids. I’m not saying my hair grew because of the braids but it def wasn’t damaged because I took care of my hair. Right now i’m taking a break from braids because my hair is long enough to do styles.

  • aderonke

    Every hair style has its ups and downs but the most important thing that we know our hair. What works for one person will not work for the other.

    For microbraids, i take it as a general run that you shouldn’t do it if you have relaxed hair
    -Natural hair is fragile as it is, more so when it is dry compare to when it is wet because of it lacks oil and moisture.When your hair is relaxed, the bonds in your hair are even more fracture because the natural state of the hair has being altered.

    Microbraids should be small as the name suggests but then it doesn’t have to be very small all over. The edges should be a little big large (not significantly so you don’t notice the difference).

    The braids should not be too tights, all over the hair but especially around the edges. You do not want to end up making yourself bald.

    Brushing/combing while in braids – that should not be an issue as long as your hair is wet/damn when doing that. I spray my hair with water and oil in the morning and night and these are the only times i can comb my hair.

    You ever wonder why people will dreads then to grow their hairs longer than the average natural hair diva? They do not need to come their hair (when wet or dry) which reduces breakage and manipulation, all which make it easier for the hair to grow.

    All in all, it boils down to the way you care for your hair.

    Oh, and if you hair starts to twist at the root, take out the braids or touch up your edges…When the roots are twisted, they put extra weight on your hair (as if the hair extension is not already doing a good job of that)

  • Joi

    I want micros. My hairline is damaged due to over processing. I have not had a relaxer for 2 months and will wait another 2 before getting micros. My question is…would it be better to get micro-corn rolls at the hairline (going back about an inch)?
    My hair will always be pulled back, because I don’t like it in my face! I would be getting my hairline re-done each month. Micros always grow my hair, but since my hairline is damaged I wanted to know if corn-rolls were better for the front.

    also…

    I usually prepare for braids by getting a wash, trim, and Aphogee protein treatment. Is there anything else you recommend?

    • http://www.growblackhair.net Samara

      Your hairline really needs a rest. Wearing styles that pull and cause tension in that area will not help it to grow.

  • aaliyah

    i belive that if you dont take care of it its gonna make your hair fall and break… you gott oil your scalp everyday and trust me when i took my micors braids out carefully and when i putted a relaxer my hair got about 3 inches longer, i was soo surprised and hAPPY .. AS LONG AS YOU TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR HAIR EVERYDAY AND USE GOOD HIGH PRICE PRODUCTS YOUR HAIR WILL BE BEAUITFUL AND NO NEED FOR WEAVE ANYMORE

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