On May 26, Razor Chic of Atlanta Salon post­ed a video of a beau­ti­ful 23-year-old black woman who has suf­fered major hair loss due to braids and sew-ins.  What makes this sit­u­a­tion so unique is that hair loss this severe is rarely seen on women so young.  The client reveals that she has been wear­ing sew-ins since high school while not allow­ing her hair to “breathe”.  When her hair is not braid­ed up, she will wear wigs. She has been doing this for almost five years.

The video was shot by a styl­ist and is meant to be a warn­ing against wear­ing weaves non­stop.  Here is a por­tion of the cap­tion from the video.

I TELL PEOPLE ALL THE TIME CLIENTS ARE CHASING STYLES AND STYLIST ARE CHASING THE DOLLAR AND AIN’T NOBODY LISTENING TO THE HAIR. THIS HAS TO STOP?!!!! I HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO USE MY PLATFORM TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT IT. THESE WOMEN ARE COMING FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TO SIT IN MY CHAIR CAUSE THEY WANT OUT AND TIRED. BUT CANT FIND ANYONE WHO CAN TAKE CARE OF THEIR REALHAIR IF U ONLY KNEW HOW MANY TEARS ARE SHED IN MY CHAIR CAUSE OF THE MISTAKES THEY MADE CHASING STYLES AND CONVENIENCE. WHERE IN THE HELL IS ALL THE REAL STYLIST THAT KNOW HAIR????

After this video, the Razor Chic of Atlanta Salon styl­ist gave the woman a free cut and style to boost her con­fi­dence while her hair and scalp return to a healthy state.  No extra hair was added.

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The beau­ty of black hair styling is its ver­sa­til­i­ty. There are so many looks you can achieve with black hair — whether on its own or with the use of add-ins. How­ev­er it’s crit­i­cal that in the midst of the exper­i­men­ta­tion our nat­ur­al strands remain healthy and cared for.

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37 Comments on "23-Year-Old Black Woman Goes Public with Severe Hair Loss As a Warning Against Constant Sew-Ins"

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Deshornia Winthrope

In tears after watch­ing this.….. But it will get bet­ter for her with the right hair care and patience

Elaina

So you’re say­ing this kind of dam­age is nor­mal?

Siramad Backwards

To an extent…but every ones dif­fer­ent. Weaves have nev­er helped me grow my hair. Only going nat­ur­al.

Siramad Backwards

Yeah if your into weave or, braids heav­i­ly. It’s about not let­ting your hair rest.

Elaina

Poor woman. I just hope her hair is able to recov­er and that the dam­age that has been done all those years isn’t per­ma­nent.

All Mysisters

Actu­al­ly no. That is a lie naive peo­ple just like your­self feed into.

Siramad Backwards

Prove it.

Siramad Backwards

Lol

Thinkingthoughts

This is so painful. Nat­ur­al hair is SO SO SO BEAUTIFUL. I don’t want to tell any woman what she “should” do with her body and her hair — that’s your busi­ness. But nat­ur­al Black hair is so beau­ti­ful. It hurts my heart to see women dam­ag­ing them­selves in pur­suit of an ide­al when their nat­ur­al state is per­fect and love­ly.

Ashley

I wear weaves a lot but I do give my hair a break. One thing my hair­dress­er taught me was not to get braids after a fresh perm and braids don’t have to be so tight. You real­ly have to be care­ful who is doing your hair.

modupe_2

hon­est­ly i cried a lil bit. who has been doing her hair all these while with­out notic­ing it before it got this bad. i hope she can regain so con­fi­dence in her nat­ur­al hair. this is too bad.

Jos

I think it’s that many women start to see dam­age then use weaves and braids to cov­er it although that is what caused it in the first page

LBell
Thank God she still had enough hair left for a cam­ou­flag­ing style. I hope this styl­ist told her to go see a doc­tor. To hell with the cost…it couldn’t cost more than what she paid all these years to styl­ists who didn’t give a damn… Pri­or to my going nat­ur­al, I spent years at the mer­cy of styl­ists who didn’t respect my time or my hair. I was also nev­er taught how to care for my hair, at least not in a way that would pre­serve its length or health. When I real­ized just how une­d­u­cat­ed I was, I went natural…at… Read more »
kidrobotgirl

Not to derail but this kind of dam­age is not so rare in my neck of the woods.

Brianna Nicolas

Dont get your braids too tight next time.

Brianna Nicolas

Thats not the weaves fault thats her going to ter­ri­ble hair styl­ists. Im say­ing this as a hair styl­ist. This is just anti hair exeten­sion pro­pa­gan­da. Dont take the bait.

Siramad Backwards

In order for the weave last longer you must braid tigher…plus the weave grip­ping the scalp. This hap­pened to me pret­ty often after hav­ing a weave. Lots of shed­ding… which is not nor­mal to lose more hair than gain.

ss (short & sweet)

Such a beau­ti­ful young woman. Please do a fol­low up 12 months from now — we want to see her suc­cess. The RazorChico­fAt­lant insta­gram page is filled with beau­ti­ful hair styles!

7ate9
I know this young lady’s plight all to well. My edges are gone per­ma­nent­ly due to my mother’s styling choic­es. Trac­tion alope­cia since kinder­garten. So I have had bald tem­ples since then. Its unfor­tu­nate but its some­thing I’ve just learned to deal with. Been nat­ur­al for about 4 or 5 years now which i don’t regret.…however my styling choic­es are lim­it­ed. I get so in my feel­ings when I see all the nat­ur­al updos…styles that I can nev­er do. One good thing is I will show my daugh­ter how to prop­er­ly care for her hair so she won’t have to… Read more »
ss (short & sweet)

If you haven’t tried them yet, con­sid­er Top­pik fibers (avail­able at Sal­ly Beau­ty — trav­el size lasts a long time), or Ebin New York 24 Hour Col­ored Edges gel. Jerome Rus­sell has a tint­ed hair spray. Con­tin­ue to give those edges love with gen­tle mas­sages and ben­e­fi­cial oils. Lots of YouTube videos on Nat­ur­al hair divas using these prod­ucts for styling ver­sa­til­i­ty.

Amy Falconer

Have you con­sid­ered a hair­line advance­ment surgery? Good luck, send­ing you lots of love from Pitts­burgh

modupe_2

how about hair implants? and some peo­ple do recov­er from trac­tion alope­cia

QweenOfThorns

I don’t think I will ever “recov­er” from it with­out some med­ical inter­ven­tion. If the hair has not grown back in the last 24 year.….I won’t get my hopes up. There have been great advances in trans­plant pro­ce­dures. There are some awe­some Doc­tors out there doing great work but for me it’s just not a pri­or­i­ty life goes on with or with­out my hair.

lis

Look into trans­plants and good luck

QweenOfThorns

Thanks ?.

kia

Bruh

Justice S

The rea­son I went nat­ur­al is because my sides were so weak.They have nev­er been healthier.I think the best thing for severe­ly dam­aged hair is to go natu­tal.

girlfriendgoddess

The styl­ist did a great job with her hair in the end. She looks beau­ti­ful. I’m wish­ing her a speedy fol­li­cle recov­ery and a lot of new, beau­ti­ful strands.

neceyluv

This is so incred­i­bly sad.

Rosemarie Joseph

I com­mend and am so proud of this 23 year old girl who chose to go pub­lic with her plight to warn oth­ers of the dan­gers of the long term use of sew in weaves and tight braids. Thank­ful­ly she is very young so her hair should recov­er over time. It’s the old­er women who have worn these ‘things’ for decades that should be ter­ri­fied as the chance of recov­ery at a cer­tain age is slim to none.

Skeewee

Poor lit­tle lady, but what a won­der­ful trans­for­ma­tion!!! Such skill, such knowl­edge, such love!!!

liberianwoman

Braid­ing ones hair extreme­ly tight before installing weaves caus­es dam­age as such. Con­s­ta pres­sure is a “no no” that applies to many things in this life.
I hope her hair grows back.

theresa.

Just like the styl­ist said, the sad­dest thing is that some styl­ists will see a woman with severe­ly dam­aged hair like that in their chair, and will still install a sew in. Then act like they don’t deserve any crit­i­cism because at the end of the day, they’re mak­ing mon­ey smh.

Claudette UK

I am glad that the styl­ist felt so strong­ly about hair health.

MyFluffyPuffs

I watched Razor’s video on IG and her scalp pores are def­i­nite­ly clogged but in time her skin can heal. If your’e embar­rassed due to hair loss don’t com­pound the prob­lem by snatch­ing the only hairs left to cov­er up. Seek out a der­ma­tol­o­gist, tri­chol­o­gist and find a styl­ist who’ll work with you to recov­er.

K. Maiza

Styl­ists should be respon­si­ble enough to say enough is enough but ‚ulti­mate­ly, the hair is grow­ing out of your own head. You have a respon­si­bil­i­ty to your­self first and fore­most.

maryann660ac

i am wor­ried i am light com­plect­ed dyed blonde and many many sew ins

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