View Full Version : Should I be concerned about this braid problem? Any tips?

December 27th, 2011, 09:25 PM
Until I hit waist I wore a braid down the back no problem. Ever since, the section that starts out as the middle one, always experiences more 'drag' than the others, so I feel slight pulling - nothing dramtic, bit its there, mostly near the crown. Im not sure if this is enough to cause follicle damage and thinning, or if it happens to many others:(. Ive fiddled around with different ideas but I cant seem to get rid of this! Any ideas?

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December 27th, 2011, 09:51 PM
I don't know how you start your braid, but rather than just dividing my hair into three sections at my nape, I create the middle section by basically making a half up (and then the two side sections are created by the remaining hair under the half up section). I've found that if I start this way, it hangs better and is more comfortable overall, so maybe it would help you.

December 27th, 2011, 10:09 PM
This happens to me sometimes. I just poke my fingers into the top of the braid and loosen things up, which is usually successful. The trick of taking outside bits of hair to form the middle strand of an English braid is also something to try.

December 27th, 2011, 10:16 PM
My hair is much heavier than it was at waist. When something pulls the wrong way, it can be painful very quickly! I usually redo my braids until they don't have a section pulling. I can never wiggle things until the pulling stops and I would rather redo everything than deal with the pain.

December 27th, 2011, 10:18 PM
Have you tried ponytailing it first? I make ponytails out of the tops of old pantyhose type fabrics so they aren't damaging. Or a side braid? I also like jeanniet's suggestion.

December 28th, 2011, 01:02 AM
This happens to me a lot too. I haven't totally solved the problem, but one thing that often helps is to comb out my hair and move my part. (For example, moving from a left diagonal part to a right diagonal part.) I'm not sure why this would have any effect, but it often solves the problem.

I will also give the above suggestions a try, for those days when it just won't go away. I will definitely be watching this to learn other methods to solve this problem!

December 28th, 2011, 07:37 PM
Something I did today seemed to make quite a difference, and that is to NOT have a part at all - just comb it all back. Ill cintinue to try this and see if it works consistently!

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December 28th, 2011, 08:00 PM
It happens to my pins, I just pull it down as soon as I feel it and re do it. Normally that sloves my tightness.

December 28th, 2011, 08:14 PM
I have the same issue, I am going to try Jeanniet's suggestion as well, I literally quit braiding my hair because of the pulling.

December 28th, 2011, 08:22 PM
I don't get the pulling with braiding, but with hairsticks! Ouch!

Somewhere on here, there are tutorials for faux french braids. TorrinPaige also has one up on YouTube. Ever since I saw that tutorial, that is how I do my English non-ponyed braids. It's so much more comfortable than using a pony tail.

December 28th, 2011, 08:54 PM
I get this too and kinda of do a mini french braid which helps. Rather than starting my braid at the nape, I start it just lower than ear level, do as I would for a french braid until I reach nape and then braid as normal. Tucking the braid under and securing with a scrunchie also helps with the heavy feeling.