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Can Curly Updos Create Hair Loss?

By January 27th, 20214 Comments


No matter what curly type you are, chances are you have played around with some sort of an updo. We all love to play with our hairstyles and look our very best whether we are hanging out around the house, going to some special event, or even spending the day at the beach. These can all be times when you may choose to opt for a sleek, complicated, or simple curly updo.

The question is what do these updo styles do to our roots and scalp? There is some evidence to the myth of permanent hair loss from the stress of updos. According to, wearing tight curly updos, braids, or ponytails over an extended period of time can cause hair loss. The good news is that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of loose curly updos from which curlies can choose to avoid root stress. But, if giving up your tight tresses isn’t in your immediate future, follow the routines below.

Curly Updo Care

The reality of the situation is that when wearing a curly updo we are placing the weight of our hair directly on our scalp. There are also situations where the updo is styled too tightly and the pins we are using jab into our skin. This “stress pain” can be felt while wearing the updo, but most often this pain occurs after the do is taken down. Curlies may notice that their roots and scalp hurt when they brush, comb, or even simply run their fingers through their hair.

Scalp Soothing Products

There are several products to help a healing scalp specifically made for curlies. Hot oil treatments are one way to help ease the pain and stop the screams that your roots seem to be emulating. Aubrey Organics 100% Organic Jojoba Oil is an all-natural oil that not only makes curly hair feel soft but also soothes the scalp when used properly. It can also be used as a hot oil treatment.

In addition, Blended Beauty Herbal Reconditioner is another conditioner that can sooth your ailing scalp and roots just after removing the tight updos.

While the initial shock of root and scalp stress can be alarming, rest assured that there is no need to worry. Taking the proper measures to allow your scalp and roots to heal is wise so that you don’t end up swearing off the curly updo styles that you love to sport.

The bottom line is that using the right products and giving your scalp and roots some “babying” time is just what the doctor ordered. If you are experiencing pain from scalp stress or root stress, take some time to pamper your curly head with the right products and maybe even a scalp massage to really get the blood flowing.


  • Anonymous says:

    I have a very sensitive scalp therefore braiding or any sort (cornrolls, braids, name it)has weakened my scalp. I would like to add, sometimes hair loss can be genetic especially around our temple and edges so this alone can contribute to hair loss. Two strand braids has been my solution to up-dos because it is not tight, no pulling and most importantly no stress on my scalp.

  • Chrys225 says:

    anon, I think it's fro the synthetic hair, it does this to a LOTS of people, itchies on scalp. for avoid this, you can rinse your synthetic hair in diluted vinegar, i've learnt this on nappturality forum. and it works greatly!

    about topic, I think scalp massaging every to every other day is the thing to do.

  • Unknown says:

    I see where this post is coming from BUT I have better results with my hair from updos. I do stress often that NO hairstyle should be tight. Any style done too often and to tight can result in hair loss.

    Can curly updos create hair loss? No
    Can TIGHT curly updos create hair loss? Yes

  • Anonymous says:

    This post was RIGHT ON TIME! This past Sunday, I got my hair cornrowed into a ponytail by an african braiding salon because I have tendonitis and twisting my own hair is quite difficult right now. Last night I woke up and my scalp was itching like CRAAAAAAZY!!! I don't know if it's due to the tension from my hair being braided way too tight, or the 2.99 hair that I bought, but I was THIS close to taking these bad boys down at 2am. I don't want to take them down yet, since I paid 70.00 smackaroos to get them done, but I don't want my hair to be in the sink when I wash it either. Is there some sort of spray that I can put on my scalp to relieve the burning and itching, or should I just chalk up the 70.00 and take them down?

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