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.
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.