Four weeks ago, I styled my hair in white box braids and since I did it myself, I knew the amount of pressure my scalp could stand.
Usually, I am always also very careful not to braid my hair too tight because tight braids and weaves are the leading causes of traction alopecia among black women.
However, this time, it was different. After I was done braiding, I put my hair up in a bun and two days after, I noticed some bumps at my nape. Apparently, my braids were not tight but they were pulling on my edges because of how tight my bun was.
Thankfully, I did the following and the swellings from the bumps dried out and healed after a couple of days.
- When you first notice bumps on you scalp from protective styles like braids, take them out immediately. It might seem a bit extreme especially if you can’t self-braid but braid bumps can lead to hair loss so it’s best to take out the extensions around the area or take off all of the extensions.
Now I know you’re thinking, what if I spent so much money on the hairstyle or this hairstyle looks good on me so why can’t I ignore the pain and the swelling? After all, ‘beauty is pain.’ That mindset needs to be stopped. One time, I saw my sisters braid bumps turn into large swellings that oozed puss because her scalp was under severe pain and her hair was pulled too tight in a bun. That is an extreme case but it does happen. Don’t sleep with headaches and pains that can be avoided.
- Massage your scalp. After I took the extensions off my nape hair, I gently massaged the bumps to relieve the pain I was feeling in the area. You can also use your favorite oil to massage your scalp. I prefer to use coconut oil because it lighter and it absorbs faster into my hair.
- Before you reinstall your extensions, give your scalp some time to fully heal. It may heal fast, it may heal slowly. It all depends on the extent of the damage.
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