This message on easing up on tight braids bears repeating. Too many women suffer unnecessarily from hair loss at the hairline because braiding is too tight. I’m not sure if it is a badge of honor to take the tight braiding without complaining, or fear of speaking up to a stylist who is literally pulling hair from the scalp. Whatever holds sistas back from speaking up should end immediately.

Many beauty supply stores are stocked with products that supposedly promote edge control. The makers of said products play on our childhood insecurity around edges that go astray. It happens when humidity is high, rain is falling, and even when we sweat hard. Those rough edges keep us away from the gym and out of swimming pools. “Girl I can’t do a,b,or c… because my hair will go back.”

Even when we are wearing braids which are part of our cultural beauty as black women, we worry about edges. Believing somehow that our beauty is reduced because our nappy roots are showing.

Stop! Speak up when your scalp is on fire. Your stylist is working for you. Don’t live with pain that lasts 2-3 days after your salon visit. Those fine bumps that pop up along the hairline can become infected and it won’t be pretty.

In addition, if you’re braided too tight, too often, you are sure to lose hair. Hairline hair may return but waiting for it to do so can cause stress. We’re talking about the front of your head, and not back where it is less noticeable. It’s kind a like losing a tooth. If the tooth was in the back, instead of in the front of the mouth, you may not be as concerned. We have to get over the lie that we’re saving money by be being braided to the point of pain. It isn’t worth it.

Use your voice and save time, pain and money. If braiding hurts to the point that you have a headache: Speak up.

You can still be fly without the pain. Don’t believe the hype that you are saving money since your braids are tight and fine. Just say, No!

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C. Imani Williams, is a freelance writer and social justice activist. She works to bring about awareness and positive change. Imani's writing has appeared in Black Fem Lit Magazine, Alt. Variety, Teen Girl Talk Magazine, Diva Gossip, Hello Shopper, Geleyi and various other publications. Imani, holds an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction writing from Antioch University. The Detroit, Michigan native resides in So. California, where she greets the sun with a smile.

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