Deal with tight plaits

By Drum Digital
07 April 2015

Our braiders make our hairstyles tight in order to keep them for long, but that is not good for the hairline and scalp.

Use warm water to loosen them; Take a shower and let the water cascade over your hair. You may need to gently rub your scalp to loosen the braids a little. This is not the time to worry about how much money you just spent and how much time it took to style these braids, so don't think about that! Concern yourself with loosening up this tight style and saving your hairline.

Remove them; yes, remove any braids that are causing little bumps to pop up on your scalp. This is abnormal and can lead to hair loss down the road, especially if you make a habit of wearing tight braid styles. Do yourself a favor and see how your head feels when you're still in the stylist's chair. Does it hurt while she's braiding? That's the time to ask her to ease up on your hair. It's much easier for her to take a step back and possibly redo any braids during your appointment than it will be to call her up and ask her to redo them later. Plus, let's face it: not all braiders are going to take kindly to second day phone calls and they may refuse to do them over.

Do not return to tight braiders: Some braiders are notoriously hard on hair. Once should be enough to tell you that this is someone who doesn't care about the health of your scalp.

You can take pain relievers, spritz your braids with hair products, sleep sitting up like the Elephant Man if you like, but tight braids are tight braids. Traction alopecia is a serious issue in the black hair community and what makes it so tragic is that in the vast majority of cases, it's preventable. Don't let a hairstyle trump your hair's health.


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