Braid ripped out - from the follicle!!

I've had braids slip out on occasion, especially around my hairline where the hair is softer. But it's usually just been the extension itself that slips.

Today, the braider was pulling my hair so tightly that she ripped my (own natural) hair out from the root!

It was a very small section, so it hurt but not terribly. My main concern is: should I worry that my hair will continue to fall out? It doesn't seem normal for the whole section to come out, even though she was pulling pretty hard. If my hair were healthy, would it still have come out like this?

It only happened once before - and it was with this braider. Gotta tell her to loosen up.
this isn't normal at all. i've had some braids that end up hanging by a few strands around the edges, but this is after having braids in for about a month and constantly pulling my hair back. I've never heard of hair being ripped out while braiding.

I suggest that you find someone else to do your braids if this is the second time that she's ripped a section of your hair out. If this continues to happen, you'll end up with a permanent bald spot.
This is not good. Your hair should not be pulled out.
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I think you're both right... I should clarify when it happened the first time. The first time I was looking in my bathroom mirror and I noticed a braid that seemed loose. I touched it and it had already fallen out (from the root). It was just hanging there...

Maybe I should lay off the braids for a while...
I think you're both right... I should clarify when it happened the first time. The first time I was looking in my bathroom mirror and I noticed a braid that seemed loose. I touched it and it had already fallen out (from the root). It was just hanging there...

Maybe I should lay off the braids for a while...
Originally Posted by Phoenix
I think you should. That kind of pulling is not good at all and can cause traction alopecia. This type of alopecia is usually not permanent, but it definitely can be permanent- especially if your scalp is going through that kind of trauma over and over again. Maybe try another style that doesn't require so much pulling, give your scalp a chance to heal.
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First let me say i am sorry this happened to you! Braids are a great way to transition. But let me tell you that this is NOT normal NOR Acceptable for the person braiding to pull your hair so tight that hair is snapping off. I wore braids from Aug. 07-June 08 to transition (not the same set of braids of course) and I NEVER had a Braid migrain nor a braid come out with my hair attachhed in it. My braider understood me and respected the fact that I wanted to maintain and grow the hair I had and she went easy on the edges.. I say all this to say that you may want to find someone else to do your hair or have a conversation with the braider because the last thing you want to do is take the time to grow your hair out and have stingy/barely there edges once your process is complete
Wow. That must be scary. I'm sorry you have to deal with that! You definitely need to find a new braider and let the new person know that you would like them to braid the edges looser than normal. IMO, you may want to take the braids out before the tension causes more damage since they are too tight. Or, will wetting them loosen them up? If you don't want to remove them yet, when you do you def need to take a bit of a break.
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Yeah, I wondered if I should take them out. But they usually loosen in about a week. Or maybe I should just wash my hair. Good idea.
I'm sorry this happened to you. I'll never understand why people feel they need to braid so tightly.

I hope you can find someone else to take care of your hair in the future.

I am sorry that happened to you i had a similar experience years ago when I got my first set of micros.I remember it hurt really bad while she was braiding but i am tender headed so i figured it was just me,well when she was finished i looked in the mirror and ran my fingers through it to style it and 3 braids came out from the root at the front of my head! needless to say i have never had micros put in again,My own personal experience when i transitioned which was not hard on my scalp or hair was crochet braids,have you thought of trying those as an option i used freetress hair i got them done once every two months then took them out let my hair rest for two weeks and put them back in.I plan on doing this again when my hair is long enough to cornrow around my head to help it grow faster.
It is NOT normal for this to happen. Please find you another braider that can braid your hair ithout pulling it out.

I'm curious why you went back to the same braider if this happened once before? We have GOT to learn how to stnad up for our selves when we are in the salon and leave if they are not willing to listen to what you are requesting (and i mean leave without paying too).

These braiders will continue to torture us until we start speaking up!
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I am sorry that happened to you i had a similar experience years ago when I got my first set of micros.I remember it hurt really bad while she was braiding but i am tender headed so i figured it was just me,well when she was finished i looked in the mirror and ran my fingers through it to style it and 3 braids came out from the root at the front of my head! needless to say i have never had micros put in again,My own personal experience when i transitioned which was not hard on my scalp or hair was crochet braids,have you thought of trying those as an option i used freetress hair i got them done once every two months then took them out let my hair rest for two weeks and put them back in.I plan on doing this again when my hair is long enough to cornrow around my head to help it grow faster.
Originally Posted by MsConfusedCurliness
At least we're not alone! Did your micro experience have a permanent effect on your hair at all? How long did it take to grow back in that area? I'm not familiar with crochet braids, I'll have to Google them.


It is NOT normal for this to happen. Please find you another braider that can braid your hair ithout pulling it out.

I'm curious why you went back to the same braider if this happened once before? We have GOT to learn how to stnad up for our selves when we are in the salon and leave if they are not willing to listen to what you are requesting (and i mean leave without paying too).

These braiders will continue to torture us until we start speaking up!
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
I've had such trouble finding braiders that I figured I'd go back to the same one for a touch up. I can't even tell where the first braid came out, so I guess I wasn't too upset about it. But I can see where the second one came out and I could sure feel it!

They were almost done when the second braid came out and I wasn't going to leave right then. But I won't go back to them... Off to find yet another braider...
Sorry to hear this. I would probably stay away from braids for a while. Deep Treatments and Protein along with oil massages on my scalp. Once again I am so sorry this happened to you. I hope everything works out.

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My hair grew back in about a month,but i was scarred for life i never went near micros again,then last year i decided to go natural but i wanted a transition style i could deal with,and i found out about crochet braiding. With this type of braiding your whole head is cornrowed then hair is latch hooked in and tied that is it.my hair grew alot and stayed healthy with minimal stress to my scalp. if i can find a pic small enough i will show you the crochet braids if you would like to see how they would look
My hair grew back in about a month,but i was scarred for life i never went near micros again,then last year i decided to go natural but i wanted a transition style i could deal with,and i found out about crochet braiding. With this type of braiding your whole head is cornrowed then hair is latch hooked in and tied that is it.my hair grew alot and stayed healthy with minimal stress to my scalp. if i can find a pic small enough i will show you the crochet braids if you would like to see how they would look
Originally Posted by MsConfusedCurliness
yes i think i would be scared too. when i was transitioning about a yr ago..i would get braids and i would hold the braid about ans inch from the root while the woman was braiding to create a barrier from the pulling at the root...make sense?
i don't really knw how to saw it but it helped a lot.
Oh wow...that would certainly feel more comfortable and put less stress on your hair. But didn't you have to get the redone sooner that way?
Hey Phoenix,
If you are talking to me (still getting the hang of the boards here) Yes the stress was minimal compared to individuals,or micros and it took 3 hours max to do,I was able to keep the hair in for 2 months straight i could have kept them in longer but two months is my max. Here are some pics i found of my hair the first pic is with freetress noble and brook curl the second one is with freetress presto curl last one is a side view of the first one.
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