Have you ever had an entire braid come out from the roots? I'm sure we all have. 🙂 This is caused from tension. Too much tension can cause severe damage. If you are considering getting your hair braided you need to make sure to let the stylist know that you do not want your hair braided too tight, especially around the edges.
Your edges are the most severely damaged part of the hair when its braided because of tension. This tension is not only from your braids being too tight, but it can also be caused by you. Pulling your hair up into tight ponytails, or tight up do's might be putting too much tension around your edges as well. Be careful and protect your hair. If need be, ask your stylist to leave those tiny hairs around your edges out.
Some may think that it's hard as a braider to braid someone's hair with less tension than normal. They may get caught up in making the braids look neat rather than protecting the clients hair. It is a great idea to practice braiding with less tension. You can try this by not pulling the hair as tight as you normally do. It may take a little bit of practice but it's not hard at all. It is very important to keep the customer's best interest at hand when your braiding.