I am sad to say that this was my last day with the braids. I pulled a muscle in my neck trying to readjust the position of my braids the previous night and the pain in the morning was excruciating. I didn’t wake up thinking I would take them out. I was in pain but I thought it was nothing a little Advil couldn’t fix.
I was wrong. The Advil was not enough. I spent the first hour of my day with tears in my eyes. My family laughed at me for a bit because, let’s face it, pulling a muscle in your neck because your hair is too much for you to handle is pretty darn hilarious. That being said, my mother was very sympathetic to my struggles. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to take them out and she urged me to take some more Advil and wait it out. “You should never make your decisions while in pain because you may regret it later!” she told me. I listened to her, popped some more Advil and went to take a nap.
When I woke up, I was still in intense pain and very frustrated. I sat there and thought about it and decided to cut my losses. I tried something new that wasn’t working for me. It was an expensive experiment and I wanted to tough it out but I really couldn’t take the muscle spasms. That’s when I decided to take them out.
I took a few more selfies as a goodbye to the beautiful long tresses, set up my computer with Friends on Netflix, and started the long process of taking the braids out. Thankfully this didn’t take quite as long as it did to put them in. But it still took long. By the end of the process my head felt infinitely lighter and I wasn’t cranky anymore. Unfortunately the neck pain was still waging war against me but at least three was a few less pounds to deal with.
I was sad to remove the braids but ultimately it was the best thing for myself. Clearly I need to strengthen my neck muscles because I do hope to try the braids again in the future. But for now, I’m just going to stick with my tight coils curls.
Hello loose curls, my old friends.
Published by Emma Labrosse