As per usual around this time of year I decided to do a protective style. I am well aware of my lazy natural status and with my hectic work/class schedule, twisting my hair up every other night was no longer an option.
In the past I have done box braids, Marley twists and faux dread locks, so this time around I opted for a sew in. I also decided to try a closure this time so I wouldn’t have to bother with straightening a leave out and damaging my hair. Unfortunately I am not an expert in hair weaves being that I have only had one in my lifetime, so what I am about to write next will raise many red flags to those of you who know what you’re doing when it comes to weaves.
I decided to have my cousin do my hair for me because she always boasted about how well she does hair and that she wouldn’t charge me as much as a salon would–so I took the bait. She began braiding my hair in a circular bees nest formation and at first I felt no pain at all, but then she reached the middle of my head and I almost passed out. That was not an exaggeration, I began to feel weak, my vision got blurry and I began to hyperventilate. Never in my life have I had my hair braided that tightly.
Apparently my heavy breathing and weaseling out of my chair was not an indication for my cousin to stop braiding my hair, so I had to physically remove her hands out of my hair and ask her to loosen them. She claimed that she could not loosen them for me because if she did, the weave would not lay right on my head and would look ugly. At this moment I foolishly decided to go through with the weave hoping that by the end of the night or the next day the pain would stop and I would be fine.
LIES. The pain only got worse as the night went on. No matter the amount of Excedrin or Tylenol I took, the pain did not cease. I only slept for 2 hours due to the intense pain I was in that no amount of scalp or water massages could get rid of. Although my hair was laid and the weave looked excellent, it was not worth it. I would rather stay alive and deal with my own natural hair then possibly die with a laid weave.
That morning I ran back to my cousin’s house and begged her to remove the weave. At first she tried to get me to keep the hair in because ‘it looked so good on me’ but I didn’t stop badgering her until she did it.
I had not realized how bad the damage was until the sew in was removed. What I thought was just pain turned out to be worse. My scalp was tender,red, sore and swollen. I could not even graze my scalp with my finger without shocks of pain being sent throughout my body. On top of this discovery, my cousin had talked me into letting her blow out my hair so it would be more manageable for me. The heat plus my sore scalp only put me in more pain and made my hair harder to detangle.
Unfortunately my sew in experience was terrible but until my scalp heals, I will be rocking two french braids. What has been your worst hair experience?