Sew in Too Tight Help 101

Denise from Austin, TX asked:

After my sew-ins, my hair is so tight that I can not stand it. I can’t even lay my head down on my pillow at night because it is way too tight.  What can I do to make this better?

Hi, Denise! As a person with experience with sew-ins, my first piece of advice is to seek a new weavologist. It seems to me that your braids are way too tight. When your hair is braided too tight, you will know it. One way to test if your braids are too tight is to do the eyebrow raise test. If you cannot raise your brows, then you know that your hair has been braided far too tightly. Another sign is when your have these tiny little bumps to form at the edges of your hair line and at the nape of the neck. The tension is too much which causes your skin to irritate and bump up.

Now if you are beyond this point, which is clearly your situation, and you didn’t alert your stylist to loosen your braids, there are some things you can do to help besides taking them out.  When I experienced this very same thing, I grabbed a bottle of Jamaican Black Castor Oil and applied it to the areas of tension. I repeated this process a few times daily. This actually helped to loosen the areas of tension some. You may also use other oils such as coconut or jojoba. But I have found JBCO to be best.

The tension will let up after some time, and in the meantime, you can use the oils. Do not pull on your braids in an attempt to loosen them up. You will only aggravate the areas and contribute to breakage.

Good luck and be cautious with who you allow to braid your hair! A good weaveologist concerns themselves with the health and care of your own hair.