Box Braids for Hair, the Pros and Cons

Why Rock Box Braids

Box Braids are trendy. They were a staple of many people’s hairdrobe in the early 90s and have recently had a resurgence thanks to sisters Solange and Beyonce, among many other as of late. I predict it will be a big trend this spring and summer. If you want to rock it and you think it’ll be good for your hair, go for it.

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Another good cause for rocking box braids is it is a protective hair style for most women. You are protecting your hair from manipulation, that can eliminate making the error of over-manipulating your fragile hair. This is especially great when you’re trying to retain length and see longer hair faster.

Then there’s the fact that rocking box braids is convenient. That is certainly significant as it can certainly help when you’re going on vacation, and also if you just don’t feel like messing with your hair. When you take that into consideration, then it makes sense to rock box braids if you’re super busy, going on vacay, just don’t feel like bothering with your hair or if you want to do something funky and trendy with your hair..

The points above show the positive aspects of rocking box braids. There’s a down side as well. Why don’t we talk about a handful of the negative aspects.

Why Box Braids May Not Be a Good Idea

If you have very fine hair, box braids may not be a good idea. If you’re using hair augmentations for your braids, the weight of the hair could actually have adverse effects on fine hair. The heavy hair could actually rip the hair out of your scalp over time. That’s something called traction alopecia. It’s basically when a person experience hair loss because of tension and stress being put on the scalp. There is no way that that could be a good thing. In fact, it may well be a good enough reason to avoid box braids completely.

If you’re using extensions, the hair can cause an allergic reaction. Many people bathe the faux hair in vinegar to avoid this issue, but I can tell you from personal experience that this was not enough. In college, I experimented with a braid style, using extra hair. That was not a good idea. The hair made my scalp itch like crazy and my face broke out. I ended up taking the braids out the next day. If I ever do box braids, it’ll be with my own hair.

One last valid reason why you might avoid box braids is if you’re not going to perform proper maintenance. Yes, braids can save you lots of time doing your hair, but you need to care for them and that takes time. I strongly urge anyone to consider this factor seriously, since not maintaining your box braids properly can lead to breakage, infections on your scalp or other issues and that’s not cute in the slightest.

And so that is that. There are some of the pros and cons to rocking box braids. It is not ideal for everybody, but it can be haute if you know what’ll work best for your mane. You’ll want to look at the info presented and do some other research to make your own decision, for or against. I hope the information I have provided here will help you in your decision.

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  • Ben Stewart

    Excellent ! Thank you
    for the good ideas!