Women love braids for many reasons. It makes them beautiful; it’s easy to maintain and style, affordable in the long run and make their hair grow. But it doesn’t mean that you’ll not to care about it in a way that ensures it look good, healthy and active too.
Braids are a healthy, convenient and stylish hairstyle option. Braids help in growing out one’s hair with little external stress from the weather. It’s important to look after the extensions, and most importantly, the hair as both have a huge impact on how your hairstyle looks overall. When you look good, you feel good, healthy body, healthy mind and your hair is a body part.
Below are some ways you can keep your braids looking beautiful and fresh.
Keep your scalp moisturized:
When hair is in braids, it often loses its moisture, making it easier to fall out. Moisturize and seal every day or every other day just a touch of oil on your scalp will help keep your scalp moisturized. Treat your scalp to an invigorating fingertip massage using a scalp oil.
Protect your hair at night:
Silk or satin scarf wrapped around your head at night keeps your braids neat (avoid using cotton as it draws out your braids’ natural oils) this is important because it determines how long your braids will stay.
Avoid artificial products:
Stylists warn against using anything other than naturally derived oils to keep your roots moisturized while your hair is in braids. The most important ingredients to avoid are mineral oils. Please note that these are the key ingredients in most popular braid moisturizers. Instead, opt for natural oils like coconut oil and almond oil. These oils are perfect for soothing the scalp and retaining moisture without building up and clogging your pores like generic braid sprays often will.ini-edo
Wash your braids:
You don’t need to hop in the shower and douse your braids in water if you don’t want to. You can always dry-wash your hair with a cloth, shampoo, and some water. Dampen a washcloth with warm water and your shampoo of choice. Part your hair and wipe your scalp down in sections.
Avoid constant up-dos:
Constantly styling your hair into high ponytails pulls at your hairline. This constant pulling weakens the hair along your hairline. Be gentle with your hairline. Rock your up-dos but try to limit up-do styling to 3 or 4 times a week rather than every day.
Redo your edges:
Often, after a couple of weeks, your roots have grown out, and it’s time to freshen up your look, rather than re-braid your entire head go back to your stylist and ask her to spend an hour or so re-installing the braids along your hairline. After you take out the braids along your edges, take extra care to detangle and deep condition before reinstalling your braids again. Remember that your edges are already fragile, so they need a little bit of extra care and attention.
Don’t leave your braids for too long:
Protective styling is meant to be short-term temporary. Stylists recommend protective styling for a month at a time – 2 months maximum. Any longer than that and your new growth will stretch and damage; this completely negates the point of protective styling. Protective styling is to give your fragile ends a break and focus on attaining new growth.
Show your edges some love and use a hair friendly edge control or gel-like eco styler gel to hold down your edges. By night, rub in castor oil as your edges are most sensitive to breakage.
Get to try all the above today and see your braids turn your dream hair.