While it's fun to switch up your do, be careful which style you choose.

Lyndra Vassar
Apr, 17, 2011

While it's fun to switch up your do, be careful which style you choose. A new study found that nearly a quarter of Black women suffer from baldness and scalp scarring, possibly because of hair-yanking braids and weaves. The study surveyed 326 black women about their hair care and of those that experienced hair loss, 59% had worn braids, weaves or other so-called traction hairstyles that tug at the scalp.

While the study doesn't confirm if Black women's hair choices play a major role in balding, the findings are enough to suggest Black women be cautious, said study lead author Dr. Angela Kyei, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic.

Kyei suggests Black women carefully examine their hair health before jumping to a new style. "If you're relaxing your hair, if you're having tight braids, I would just put that on hold until you find out what's going on with your hair."