An Atlanta hairstylist has taken the internet by storm with a series of videos and photos featuring women who are suffering from severe hair loss due to braids, sew-ins, and weaves that have ravaged their hairlines.
Jasmine Collins, owner of Razor Chic of Atlanta, took to Facebook a couple of weeks ago to post a heartbreaking video of a young woman with a receding hairline who wanted to let her hair ‘breathe’ after years of relying on sew-ins, wigs, and quick weaves.
‘This baby is 23 years old and suffering from severe hair loss due to braids, sew-ins, weaves, etc,’ Jasmine wrote. ‘Just by her letting me post this will change lives across the world.’
The clip, which has been viewed more than 3.1 million times since it was posted on May 26, sees Jasmine asking her client about her past hairstyles as she inspects her hairline.
However, despite the harrowing footage, the hairstylist insisted that she has nothing against women having weaves.
‘Let that I’m not anti-weave. You just cannot live by it on an everyday basis,’ she explained. ‘I tell people all the time; clients are chasing styles and stylists are chasing the dollar and ain’t nobody listening to the hair.
‘This has to stop,’ she added. ‘I have no choice but to use my platform to say something about it.’
Jasmine, who leads an education class on haircare, later shared a photo of the woman modeling the new short hairstyle she gave her client using what was left of her natural hair.
‘Not one track at all,’ she wrote. ‘Another one free.’
Unsurprisingly, Jasmine’s dedication to helping women take care of their hair after years of severe damage is earning the award-winning stylist plenty of new clients.
Many of the women flood into Jasmine’s salon are suffering from traction apopecia, or gradual hair loss caused by hair being pulled.
Dr. Jeanine B. Downie, a New Jersey-based dermatologist, told Self that ‘you’ll see the effects of traction alopecia after wearing tight ponytails, braids, and extensions repeatedly without giving the hair and scalp a chance to recover’.
And Jasmine agreed, telling the outlet that ‘sew-ins are almost like tweezing the hair from the follicle’.
The hairstylist went on to say that many people are living busy lifestyles and rely on weaves and sew-ins because it seems like an easy way to always have great hair.
‘Lynn Da Hair Doc’, a Houston-based stylist, told Newsfix that when it comes to weaves, proper installation and maintenance is key.
‘It’s the pulling, it’s the tugging and the pulling and the excessiveness,’ Lynn said of the damage that can occur.
‘What I put on my client’s hair is a protective sheet underneath. By me gluing this, the glue is not on her hair, it’s on top of this cap,’ she explained while doing a ‘quick weave’ at Bonafide the Haircut Bar in Houston.
Meanwhile, Marcus Bowers, owner of She’s Happy Hair in Houston, told the news outlet that he offers pieces that can cover receding hairlines for those who are looking to let their damaged hair heal.
‘The frontal is going to go from ear to ear, and cover up those edges, but give the look as if you have the long hair extensions flowing from the sides,’ he said.