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While it’s easy to think that the saying “the tighter the braids, the longer your style will last” holds some merit, too-tight braids can actually cause high tension. This can take a toll on your scalp and strands. Constant pressure on your mane opens the door for hair breakage, shedding, redness, and other hair concerns that can lead to damage. If you find yourself dealing with a sore scalp from braid styles that are just too tight, it’s important to learn how to find relief ASAP. You can start by showing your braids some love in the shower or by simply adding a pampering element into the equation. Follow along as we share five ways to help you learn how to loosen tight braids the right way.
Before we dive into how to loosen tight braids instantly, it’s important to know the effects it can have on your hair. As we mentioned, tight braids can increase tension and pressure on your scalp. In turn, this can cause soreness and excessive pulling—and eventually (potentially) hair breakage and shedding. It can even make your edges appear to be thinner. Not cute! That said, it’s essential to know how to tackle tight braids properly to keep your mane in healthy-looking shape.
Now that you have a better understanding of what tight braids can do to your hair health, it’s time to take action. Consider these five tips below to help you master the art of taking care of too-tight braids properly.
One of the easiest things you can do to combat the feeling of tight braids is to wear your hair down. Wearing freshly installed braids in an updo hairstyle can increase the amount of tension on your scalp and the level of soreness. Play it safe and leave your braids loose.
Another way to loosen tight braids is to rely on a braid spray. This protective style essential keeps your woven masterpiece neat and moisturized, while also soothing a dry scalp. Mist your braids as needed to get instant relief. Be sure to use a light layer to keep product buildup at bay.
If you don’t have a braid spray on hand, you can also opt for a leave-in conditioner. The L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Break Proof Lotion is a lightweight offering that’s formulated with goji to strengthen fragile hair and protect it against breakage. It also works to moisturize without weighing your hair down. Gently massage a dime-sized amount of leave-in conditioner through your hair with your fingertips to loosen your braids.
Since tight braids can feel super-heavy on your head, it’s not a bad idea to add warm water into the mix. All you have to do is wet a washcloth with lukewarm water and gently massage it against your scalp. You can also hop in the shower and allow warm H2O to run down your braids. Once complete, pat dry your mane with an old T-shirt and your braids should have a looser feel.
Scalp massages should not only be reserved for your pampering sessions. They can actually help loosen your braids and soothe a sore scalp. Lay the groundwork for your scalp massage by reaching for hair serum, like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Treatment. Apply a few drops to your hands and gently massage the oil into your scalp with your fingertips to achieve loose braids.
If the sore feeling is too much to bear, consider removing your braids. While you may be thinking about the money and time spent on the style, having a mane that feels comfortable is more important.
You can prevent dealing with tight braids by taking the appropriate measures before and during your styling session. Keep these two tips in mind when opting for braid styles.
It’s not news that some braid stylists are known to be rough with your hair. If you find that your stylist has left you with tight braids, it’s time to seek out a new professional. There are plenty of stylists that can give you a woven look you desire without the fuss.
Whenever you decide to get your hair braided, always be open with your stylist. You’ve trusted them with your mane, so there’s no harm in speaking up. Any reputable stylist will put your needs first for a seamless braiding experience.
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