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

• May 30, 2016

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

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K. Maiza
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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
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i am worried i am light complected dyed blonde and many many sew ins

MyFluffyPuffs
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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.

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

theresa.
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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.

liberianwoman
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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.

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

Rosemarie Joseph
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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.

neceyluv
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This is so incredibly sad.

girlfriendgoddess
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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.

Justice S
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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.

kia
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Bruh

7ate9
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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 »
lis
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Look into transplants and good luck

QweenOfThorns
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Thanks ?.

modupe_2
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how about hair implants? and some people do recover from traction alopecia

QweenOfThorns
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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.

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

ss (short & sweet)
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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.

ss (short & sweet)
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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!

Brianna Nicolas
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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
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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.

Brianna Nicolas
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Dont get your braids too tight next time.

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

LBell
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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… Read more »
modupe_2
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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
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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

Ashley
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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.

Thinkingthoughts
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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.

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

Siramad Backwards
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Lol

Siramad Backwards
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Prove it.

Elaina
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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.

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

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

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

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

Susan Thomas
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I know how she feels my hair is the same way from sewing sometimes I hate to go out or sometimes I will where a wig

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