Have you ever experienced the excruciating pain from hair braiding? I’m sure we all have! It is one of the worst feelings in the world and the worst part is that the pain doesn’t end once you leave the stylist seat.
Most people believe that braids should be tight. This is a myth! In fact, having tight braids is one of the worst things you could possibly do to your hair. If your stylist refuses or is unable to provide you with braids that don’t inflict pain, then you should consider switching stylists. If you want edges and a head full of undamaged hair, then you need braids that do not inflict pain. Looking great shouldn’t be painful.
Four important tips:
- You should not have extra-large braids on a small section of hair. This adds unnecessary weight to your hair, which will cause breakage - especially on your edges.
- When doing crochet braids, the hair should not be pulled tight, if you start to feel pain, you should immediately alert your stylist so that she/he can loosen the grip.
- Keep your scalp moisturized using a leave-in conditioner or moisturizer.
- Try not to leave braids in for more than two months. If you decide to leave them in for a long period of time, get a touch up and this way, you’ll be able to cleanse your scalp and have a fresher look.