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7 Ways to Soothe Your Sore Scalp From Tight Braids

If you feel too much pain on your head, then your hair is probably braided too tightly. Some braiders tell their customers to take an aspirin if they feel pain around their hairline and it should not be painful the next day.

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

If you are in pain for days and noticed little bumps around your hairline that were not there before, oh, girl, you have been braided too tightly. Whether you have paid a kitchen braider or have your hair braided in a salon, you surely want your money's worth. But girl, beauty should not hurt. I know we want the style to last as long as possible but the tension is not good for the hair, scalp, and hairline. If you feel too much pain on your head, then your hair is probably braided too tightly. Some braiders tell their customers to take an aspirin if they feel pain around their hairline and it should not be painful the next day. But no matter what they say, if there is pain, it means something is wrong and you should be worried. I am glad you have found your way here, cause I am going to share with you some steps you can take to loosen the braids and soothe your sore scalp.

Wear your braids down for a few days.


After having your hair braided, one of the important things you need to remember is to not wear your braids up. You have to wear it down for a few days to loosen up the tension and lessen the pressure on your scalp. If you wear your braids up, it will only provide more tension to the root hairs and you will feel more pain. Wearing your hair up can also damage your hair by ripping out your tresses from the roots. So think of stunning hairstyles that you can do while you can't hold your braids up in a bun.

A pencil can be your weapon to super tight braids.


Did you know that any object with a cylindrical shape can save you from tight braids? Get a pencil and stick it into the center of your braids one at a time. Braids that are near your scalp can be loosened by a comb. It is much better if there is someone who can help you do the process cause it may take a while so you have to be patient.

Taking a shower can save your head from the pain.


If you feel so much pain and you think that your hair has been braided too tightly, you can take a shower. It will help you loosen up the tight braids and lessen the pain. But keep in mind that running water through your braids will shorten the lifespan of your hairstyle. But I think that is okay than having a sore scalp. A warm or cold shower is okay. Rub your head gently at the base of the braids while the water runs through your head. Then pat your braids gently with a towel and let your hair dry naturally.

Soothe your sore scalp by applying a leave-in conditioner.


Applying a leave-in conditioner to your sore scalp can offer relief and lessen the tightness of your braids. Just do not apply too much conditioner as it will lead to having too much oil. I am sure you do not want to have an oily scalp. Use your fingers to measure the right amount. Apply the conditioner to the base of each braid. Doing this can help soothe your painful scalp.

Braid sprays offer relief to pain caused by tight braids.


Pick a braid spray that is meant to relieve itching and dryness to relieve your sore scalp from tight braids. The spray can soften your hair and make the braids looser and more comfortable so you won't feel much pain. Braid sprays that are formulated to soothe the scalp contain ingredients like Aloe Vera, tea tree oils, sulfur, or lavender essential oils. If you can't find braid sprays in the store but have Aloe Vera gel at home, you can just apply it on your roots daily until the pain goes away.

Gently massage the exposed parts of your scalp.


Massaging your scalp gently will relax your head muscles and relieve the pain that you are feeling. You can apply essential oils like lavender or tea tree oil that have soothing properties. Warm the oil before using it then massage your scalp gently. It is much better if there is someone to help you with the process cause if you do it alone, you may spoil the braids.

Your last option: take painkillers or undo your braids,


If all the steps I provided fail, it is time to take painkillers. But if after taking painkillers and the pain is intense and you think it is too much, give up the hairstyle. Undo your braids. The pain that you are feeling can be due to immense stress on the roots of the hair which can lead to traction alopecia or hair loss due to stress or manipulation of hair roots. You surely do not want to lose hair.

I hope the tips I shared above will help relieve your pain from tight braids so you won't have to undo it. While it is true that beauty comes at a price, it should not be painful and causing damage to your hair.

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