It’s 3am, and the sounds of faint but distinct tapping noises and frenetic whispers are drifting from my iPad and circulating my bedroom. I am fast asleep and blissfully unaware that while my partner has the unfortunate job of turning off my heavily-curated Youtube playlist of whispering, back-scratching, scalp-tracing, tingly sleep-inducing
ASMR. Every. Single. Night. A closer look on said iPad screen and you’ll find a healthy large afro
being parted with a wide-toothed comb while the scalp is greased with microscopic attention. The video by creator Tiana of Gentle Sunset ASMR
is part of a uniquely Black ASMR experience
that is currently taking over Youtube, and is designed to help Black viewers experience a heightened sense of the popularised "brain tingles." In some cases, the sensations are so great, the videos help Black viewers deal with their insomnia, anxiety and confront their hair trauma.