Have you ever had insomnia related to braid tightness? Have you ever contemplated shaving off your hair to relieve your head from the dull throbbing pain of box braids, twists, cornrows, or any other braided style with extensions? You’re not alone. Everyday, thousands of women suffer from ‘Braids Too Tight Syndrome.’ Not really. But it is SUPER debilitating to have extensions installed and then you can’t sleep, move, think, or perform regular daily activities. If you’ve ever felt the need to call out of work because your braids are too tight, this goes out to you.
There is one surefire way to ensure the loosening of your braids. It won’t loosen them to the point that they will come out or mess up your style, but it will help to soothe the dull aching that can occur after you’ve been in the braiding salon for 6-17 hours. Two words: Hot Water. Boom. There it is. Get underneath some insanely hot water for about 5 minutes or so. Then proceed to wiggle the base of your braids. If you need a little extra help, slap some moisturizing conditioner on there and repeat.
I just got my hair braided yesterday; I tossed and turned all night because they were SO tight. I asked her to make sure the perimeter of my hair was done loosely and she nodded. A few of them felt a little tight and I had to keep reminding her. But sometimes, you can’t feel the tightness until it is all over because of the compounded pulling from the other braids.
Because I practically had the worst sleep of my life last night, I thought I would share.