Box braids and Senegalese twist maintenance,….

Winter has arrived and same with the harsh winds that dry out your hair and gives a lot of breakage. But don’t worry, I am here to teach you how to beat this winter and still keep your hair growing cause nothing should bring you down!!!. Right now it is very important to invest in a hairstyle that keeps your ends free from manipulation and the dry and cold winter winds. Most people prefer box braids and some senegalese twists, however they should be maintained properly to prolong them so here are some tips..

1.TENSION

If you are getting braided by your hairdresser be sure to let them know not to pull too much because extreme tension will do you more harm than good. Proof of tension is usually a bump between the braids and that is too much pulling on your scalp and hair does not grow that way. Your hairline is the most prone area to damage so leave out the extremely small hairs and let the edge control do the magic. (invest in a good edge control)There is no better feeling than some good, sleek and laid edges on those box braids.

2.MOISTURIZE

Through research I got to know of the spritzing method. This has worked wonders for me. It is a necessity for your braids in winter because your hair will be drying out much faster in this season. Keeping it moisturized and hydrated is key. It requires dedication though because everyday you should spray your scalp with this moisturizer. The good news is you can make one yourself.

  1. what you need is a clean and empty spray bottle.Empty_Spray_Bottle(image source graftobian.com)
  2. conditioner of choice(make sure it does not have harsh ingredients)
  3. extra virgin olive oil
  4. coconut oil
  5. amla oil
  6. water

Those are my key ingredients and a good conditioner for your spritz will leave your hair soft when you take down the braids so detangling won’t be as painful.

3. STYLING YOUR BRAIDS

Do not rush to style your braids as soon as you get them in. Let them flow and just enjoy the length for two to three weeks. When they are starting to look a bit worn out or some new growth is starting to come out, you can now start looking for ways to style them. That bun will look so pretty without the tension of the newly installed braids. You want to avoid the tension of newly installed braids as well as tension of pulling the braids to a bun. ALSO AVOID HAIRSTYLES THAT PULL YOUR HAIRLINE TOO MUCH.

4.RE-DO YOUR EDGES

After a while and you have experienced some new growth,, get those edges re-done. Your edges don’t look great when they are hanging. I prefer to use new braids for the re-touch instead of re-installing the braid that was there just to give it a new feel. You can re-do your edges after 4 weeks and keep them for 2 to 3 more weeks before you take down.

5.DO NOT KEEP THEM IN FOR TOO LONG

6 to 8 weeks maximum. Longer than that will cause your hair to start matting and when you take them down the breakage will be a horrifying experience. Besides it is high time you change your look and look different, lots of styles to try out there.

6.DO THE INVERSION METHOD

inversion

This is  an ancient method used for hair growth and when done efficiently you can grow up to an inch a week. Apply an oil of choice or spritz your homemade moisturizer, or just massage your scalp gently for 5 minutes. After a gentle massage slowly tilt your head downwards , you can do this whilst you are standing or sitting on a chair.  Remain in that position for 5 minutes then slowly lift up your head. Do this for only one week and that will be enough. (image source gstatic.com)

7. BE GENTLE WHEN TAKING THEM DOWN

Take down can be a hustle especially for box braids but everything requires patience. Do not rush to de-tangle with a comb but finger de-tangle first.

8.DO NOT USE CHUNKY BRAIDS ON A SMALL SECTION OF HAIR

This will cause hair damage,, straight up. Choose the right size for your braids. Thickness makes them look great but part your hair sections accordingly. Do not take a small piece of hair and a huge chunk of braid i will thin out your hair.

Use these great tips and i assure you your hair will not break and you will enjoy this great hairstyle.

 

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