Braids are one of the most common protective styles. It is however of note that we tend to ignore our hair when we twist or braid it. The hair is kind of forgotten until we take off the braids.
If you take care of your hair while it’s braided up, it will be healthier and longer. Practice the following when you have your hair in braids:
_ TIE YOUR HAIR UP AT NIGHT
Covering your head with a satin headscarf at night not only keeps your edges looking fresh it also protects your roots from drying out when you sleep. If you find satin headscarves uncomfortable then place a satin pillowcase over your pillow for a similar type of protection.
_ KEEP YOUR HAIR MOIST
Our hair is no different than any other living thing. It needs moisture to survive – and the best type of moisture is water. Our roots get thirsty and they need watering. Our roots do not need heavy gels and oils – those clog our pores and make it more difficult for our roots to absorb moisture. Our roots need plain old water to thrive and survive.
_ APPLY MOISTURIZING AND SEALING PRODUCTS
Make a point of applying your favorite sealing product to your roots at least once a week.
_ WASH YOUR BRAIDS LIKE ONCE EVERY TWO WEEKS
Buildup of sweat, dirt, and everything else that happens throughout your day can be damaging to your hair. Thankfully, 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 wash cloth with warm water and your shampoo of choice. Part you hair and wipe your scalp down in sections. That’s all! Follow this process once every two weeks to keep your scalp smelling and feeling fresh.
_ AVOID STYLES THAT CONSTANTLY PULLS YOUR HAIRLINE
Constantly styling your hair into high ponytails pulls at your hairline. This constant pulling weakens the hair along your hairline.
_ DON’T LEAVE YOUR BRAIDS ON FOR TOO LONG
Know when to take down the hair. Don’t leave it in for too long.