If you have done the big chop and are now sporting a TWA we are pretty sure some questions have come up for you concerning getting braids or twists for protective styling or just for the style itself. These styles are very possible to achieve but there are some concerns when doing those styles on really short hair. The main concern is the hairstyle being entirely too tight.
If someone else is braiding your hair, avoiding them being tight can be kind of difficult even if you request them not to be. If you are doing your own box braids, then you will try to install them to your comfort. Here’s the thing, though…the reason braids are done tightly is because they last longer but at the detriment of your hair and scalp.
If you can endure the pain of the braids, by all means…do that and you’ll be looking good for longer than if they were loosely done. The downside of them being tight is damage is can cause to your scalp and edges.
Having them too tight can also make your scalp itch, causing dry scalp and dandruff. Your edges could also be ripped out due to the stylist gripping the front of your hair too tightly. Bumps may appear where the hair is being pulled too tightly as well, [see lead picture]
You can’t keep the style for too long.
Styling the box braids will be difficult if your head is in pain because of them being tightly done. To help loosen them, take a hot, steamy, shower or massage your scalp gently with olive oil*.
You can always decide tough it out as well but that would be your choice, your hair will grow within the weeks or month of you keeping them in and the pain will loosen up. The braids may even come to a point of slipping out if they loosened too much, which defeats the purpose of having the style in the first place.
We would suggest that you wait until your hair gets just beyond TWA to install box braids and twists. It makes no sense to risk damage to your edges or your scalp so early in your natural journey.