As I watched the little girl play, my heart ached for her. Why wasn't her own hair good enough? Why couldn't she wear her natural hair in a braid style without the extensions adding extra, unnecessary weight? Even a braid style using one's own hair can be problematic if the braids are repetitively applied too tightly, I know. But I couldn't help but cringe when I thought about how young she was and all the various extensions and fun weaves that were in her future.
Cicatricial alopecia does not have to be an inevitable fact of life. And in most cases it is permanent. The hair will never grow back. Ever. As is evidenced by the mother in this story, many of us already know that. And still we continue to stress the hell out of our hair and follicles.