How to Stop Braids From Hurting

Updated February 21, 2017

Braiding the hair is convenient and takes the hassle out of daily styling. Unfortunately, some stylists braid the hair too tight, and this can cause a sensitive scalp or a lingering headache. Rather than suffer through painful braids, ease the discomfort and get rid of your headache.

Rinse the braids with warm water. Stand in the shower and allow water to soak the braids, or ask your stylist to rinse the braids in warm water. This method helps loosen the braids and alleviates pain and discomfort.

Redo areas that are braided too tight. If pain is localised to a section of the hair or individual braids, ask your stylist to remove the braid, and then loosely re-braid the hair.

Take a pain reliever. Pain from tight braids can lessen within a few days. Take painkillers, such as ibuprofen or aspirin to help alleviate pain, until the braids loosen.

Remove the braids. If pain from braids becomes unbearable, and it doesn't respond to these remedies, take the braids out. Tight braids can damage the hair.

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Valencia Higuera is a freelance writer from Chesapeake, Virginia. She has contributed content to print publications and online publications such as, AOL Travel, and ABC Loan Guide. Higuera primarily works as a personal finance, travel and medical writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/journalism from Old Dominion University.