If you don’t maintain your braids properly, you can do dreadful damage to your natural hair. Here are some tips to make sure they look great, and that everything beneath stays healthy.
WRAP THEM UP AT NIGHT
Cover your head with a satin headscarf to keep your hair fresh and protect your scalp from drying out. If you hate wearing a scarf, you can also try a satin pillowcase, which will help keep frizz to a minimum.
Make sure to moisturise your roots with your favourate sealing product at least once a week. It’s best to use natural products such as shea butter or coconut and almond oils, and not clog up your pores with grease and gels.
DON’T OVERDO THE UP-DO
While braids, buns and ponytails look great and it’s fun to play around with your hairstyle, avoid anything that pulls on your hair too tightly or continuously – this can do serious damage to your hairline.
DON’T LEAVE THEM IN FOR TOO LONG
The bigger the braids, the shorter the lifespan. Depending on the size of your braid, they should last anywhere from a couple of weeks, to a couple of months. Anything longer can do damage to your natural hair, and in extreme cases, result in hair loss. Give your hair a chance to recover for a couple of weeks before braiding it again, being sure to smother it in love and conditioner while the braids are out.
While this may be intimidating if you have a full head of braids, it’s important to clean your hair on a regular basis. You can do this by wetting your scalp under the shower and gently massaging in a small amount of shampoo between the braids. Rinse the shampoo out thoroughly, then squeeze as much water as possible from your hair. Squeeze dry your hair in sections with a towel or even a t-shirt, being careful not to rub it together. If this sounds like too much of a mission, you can try dry washing your hair. Wet a wash cloth and rub in some shampoo. Part your hair and wipe your scalp in sections. Rinse the cloth and go over everything again, being sure to wipe away any residue.
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