As we all know styles like braids, twists or faux locs shields your hair from harsh weather, reduces excess breakage from heat styling and increases length retention.
However, contrary to popular opinion, it’s still important to wash and maintain them at least every 3 weeks.
Here are some tips on how to wash your braids properly.
1. Choose the right shampoo and conditioner: It is best to use moisturizing shampoos and conditioners, especially if your scalp is dry and itchy. Once you have your shampoo, dilute it in an applicator bottle with water to make application easier. This also makes rinsing the suds away from the braids/twists easier.
2. Wash: Saturate hair completely with water and squeeze the mixture onto scalp, and massage every inch of the scalp gently, while paying close attention to itchy areas. Do not forget the nape and hairline. Repeat as necessary and then rinse thoroughly. Try not to rub the braids too much as it might cause frizzing
3. Apply Conditioner: Apply generous amount of conditioner to your hair and down the length of the braids/twists. Make sure you apply to entire head, also massage the conditioner into the braids so that it can reach your natural hair. Gather the braids/twists on top of your head in a loose bun and cover with a shower cap. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes and rinse thoroughly.
4. Dry: After rinsing, use a t-shirt or towel to remove excess water as much as you can. Then use a handheld dryer until your hair is dry. Wet braids/twists can be very heavy and causes tension on your natural hair so try to dry your hair as quickly as possible.
5. Moisturize: You can use a moisturizing spray or any regular moisturizer. Make sure to apply on your scalp and hair generously.
Hopefully this was really helpful to you. Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below.