Many clients who have Braids and twist are wondering how they can maintain their braids and twists. Even though braids and twists are considered to be a protective style, your natural hair should remain strong and healthy throughout the process. As a Cosmetologist, I have always promoted the need to have healthy hair.
As you may know there are things that you can and should do to take care of your hair, especially when you’ve chosen to wear braids or twists. The following tips will ensure that your braids look good, last long, and your natural hair continues to thrive.
- Moisturize Your Scalp: Hair needs moisturize to stay healthy. Think of your hair as a plant. Without hydrated soil, the plant can not thrive and the same goes for your scalp and hair. So make sure that you moisturize your scalp at least once a day with a little water.
- Protect Your Hair When Going To Bed: Covering your hair with a satin scarf, bonnet, or even sleeping on a satin pillowcase helps keep your edges in tact and your hair from drying out. Cotton soaks up moisture, therefore a cotton pillow case extracts the moisture from your hair and scalp.
- Wash Your Braids: Some may think that you aren’t able to wash your own hair when you have it styled with braids. This is false. There is buildup that can form on your scalp from everyday dirt, sweat, etc. that has to be cleansed. Shampooing your braids aren’t that difficult. It can be done in the shower by using cleansing products. I highly recommend Dr. Bronner’s pure-castile liquid peppermint soap. It will throughly cleanse your scalp while leaving you with a fresh minty feeling every time the wind blows!
- Moisturize & Seal Your Hair: Moisturizing your hair is another key to maintaining the integrity of your hair, with or without braids. We recommend starting out with a moisturizer of your choice, whether it be homemade, store bought, or just regular water. Then be sure to seal that hydration in will some type of oil or or sealing product. This will ensure that your hair remains soft and supple instead of dry and brittle.
- Don’t Leave Your Braids In Too Long: Braids and twists are considered to be a type of protective style, but if left in too long, they can become quite damaging. These styles are meant to be temporary. I recommend the you keep the style for up to four to eight weeks, depending on the style.
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