Oh braids. We love to get them, either during the winter for some extra body warmth, during the summer to make pool and beach trips easier, or anytime we simply get tired of doing our own hair. We can sport this particular hairstyle with desi-western, any kind of outfits, and above all, we don’y have to worry about the face types, since braids suit everybody. But do you know, that your precious tresses need much more attention when you put them up in braids? New Woman tells you how to take care of your hair after sporting this hairstyle for quite some days.
1. FINGER DETANGLE
The first step to making sure your hair remains strong after a set of braids is to gently finger detangle your hair. Finger detangling is better for your hair rather than comb detangling and it’s not that hard! After removing the braids, gently separate the roots to loosen the buildup, after that you can comb your hair with a preferably wooden comb with flat bristles.
2. CLARIFY YOUR SCALP
People often forget to clarify and detox their scalp after a protective style, perhaps because it was the part of their hair they paid the most attention to during the previous 6+ weeks. However, our scalps have been working overtime trying to keep the rest of our natural hair moisturized, and are likely full of oils, both natural and added, that we used in effort to relieve dryness, itchiness, and flakiness. To clarify your scalp, choose an intense shampoo (avoid things like moisturizing shampoo as this is’t strong enough), or you can even use a scalp rinse.
3. DEEP CONDITION
Your hair hasn’t gotten any love for quite some time as you were continuously tying those up and you think a quick a wash followed by a conditioner will leave it moisturized? Please, whether you want to slather it in coconut oil or use the most luxurious deep conditioner you own, sit under a steamer or just a shower cap, deep conditioning is absolutely essential after taking down braids.
Trimming is an essential part of healthy natural hair, so don’t hesitate to trim as needed. If you’re not confident in your scissor skills, head to a professional, or you can try to trim your hair using one of my three methods.
5. LET YOUR HAIR CHILL
This means not to go ahead and reinstall the braid style in 2 days, or worse, the same day! When our hair is braided, though it is not being manipulated frequently, it is still being stressed by the weight, friction, and synthetic nature of the extensions. Even though hair is dead, it needs access to water and air, and needs to regroup after being tucked under braids. Wear your hair proudly in it’s natural state for at least two weeks – whether a wash and go, twist out, or a pretty up do – before reinstalling a protective style.