There are many challenges to keeping your daughters hair looking decent. Lack of time, patience, and experience when doing her hair are guaranteed to have you pulling out your own strands. One popular style that mom’s usually choose for their daughters are braids with braiding hair.

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Of course there are undeniable pros for getting your daughter’s hair braided up. One of the biggest being that IT LASTS! Through the wild sleeping at night, all day playing, and every thing in between…braids can withstand it all. If done well, a basic braided hairstyle can last at least two weeks. That means less time fighting with your child to sit still and hold her head in one direction.

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However, there are also some major cons that moms have to be wary of. Due to the convenience of braids a lot of mothers rely on them to be their child’s main hairstyle at too young of an age. The results of that end up being damaged edges. Depending on the extent of the damage it even be permanent. When little girls are very young, their hair is still developing and all of that tension literally just pops their edges out. Not to mention that synthetic hair can be very irritating to the scalp and also contributes to the damage.

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It’s totally understandable why moms opt for braids. Yet, is the convenience really worth sacrificing your baby girl’s edges? Opt for other hairstyles. You can still get your daughter’s hair braided, but try it without the braiding hair. Also, don’t focus on getting the braids super tight. The braids just need to be tight enough to secure the braid, not braid the baby’s brains out. There is nothing more devastating than to see a 2, 4, or 6 year old with thin edges all because of her Mommy. No mother should want that guilt on their heart in the future when their teenager asks, “Mom, why don’t I have edges?”

By: Leslie B.

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