Having braids on is very nice, easy going, helps you to escape brushing the hair and thinking about how to style it every day. But this doesn’t also mean we should neglect our hair.
Braiding your hair takes a lot of time and money. So imagine it going rough and messed up the next week. How will you feel? Unfair right? Of course! No one will want to invest in something and the money going down the drain just like that.
Most women put on braids with the intention of keeping it for long to cut off unnecessary cost but they end up being disappointed. Come to think about it, why so?
Maybe it is because the care given to the braids afterwards is just not enough or better still, it is neglected.
So here are some important steps to follow to keep your braids fresh for a longer period.
WAYS TO KEEP YOUR BRAIDS LOOKING FRESH AND NEAT FOR LONGER
1. WRAP YOUR HAIR AT NIGHT
Put on a headscarf which is silky or made of satin. Its smooth texture will prevent your braids from forming little knobs or burs. Also, it will prevent the edges from coming out and drying out. But if your scarf comes off during your sleep, then you can go ahead and wrap it along with a satin pillow case to protect it.
2. MOISTURIZE YOUR SCALP
Natural moisturizers like coconut oil, almond oil, shea butter, olive oil, argan oil etc can be used as these help to prevent the scalp from drying up, keeping the hair’s elasticity, preventing breakages and to keep its sheen . Unnatural moisturizers can cause clog pores so it is better to avoid them.
3. CLEAN YOUR SCALP
Washing the braids under the shower will do more harm than good, so it’s best dry wash with a shampoo or with a clean damped cloth. Part your hair into four equal sections and wipe along the lines, from front to back to remove any dirt or sweat and to prevent build-up of bad scent. This can be done once every two weeks.
4. RELAX YOUR HAIRLINE
Constantly styling the braids like ponytails, tying the braids at the top of the head so tight will pull at the hairline and they will come off sooner than later. So it is best to mostly allow the hairline to relax to expand the braid’s lifespan.
5. REFRESH THE EDGES
Instead of re-braiding the entire hair to freshen your look when the hair along the hairline starts to grow out, you can remove the braids along the hairline and re-braid them. Remember to detangle, shampoo and dry before re-braiding to prevent hair damage or loss.
6. DO NOT KEEP THE BRAIDS MORE THAN 8 WEEKS
Keeping the braids more than 8 weeks can cause hair damage, how? The old hair will become weak and break off as the new ones are growing and before you realize, your hair will come off with the braids when removing them later. So it is best to keep it in the shortest period of time possible and keep your hair rather than losing it.