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Tips For Maintaining Your Braids

We’re pretty sure every time you have braids styled onto your hair, you’d like them to look healthy and beautiful, while also lasting longer. If you’d like to learn how, read on!

Darling Hair compiled these Everyday Braid Maintenance tips for your convenience (and gorgeous braids!).

Everyday Braid Maintenance

  1. Condition your scalp with a light all-natural oil two to three times a week.
  2. Use conditioning braid spray with anti-itch formulation on your braids daily to keep your scalp happy and the hair underneath the braids healthy.
  3. If you sweat a lot on your scalp, take a cotton swab and some Sea Breeze astringent and run it along your scalp to keep itch-causing residue away.
  4. Use a light oil sheen spray on your braids to refresh them and add a healthy glow.

Nighttime Braid Maintenance

  1. The way you take care of your braids before you go to bed makes the difference between them looking perfect and being a fuzzy mess.
  2. Wear a silk or satin scarf every night to keep your braids frizz free and smooth.
  3. Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase in case the scarf falls off.

General Braid Care Tips

  1. Make sure your braider doesn’t put your braids in tightly. It doesn’t make them last any longer and it pulls your hair out.
  2. Don’t ever leave your braids in for more than 12 weeks. It is best to take them out every six to eight weeks and have them re-done.
  3. Wash your braids once every one to two weeks with diluted shampoo. Focus on your scalp, letting the suds travel down to the ends of the braids.
  4. Don’t use creamy conditioners with braids. They cause buildup on the hair that makes knots form at the base of the braids.
  5. After you shampoo and apply leave-in conditioner, make sure your braids dry completely. This prevents damage to your hair from mildew.
  6. If the braids around your edges get loose, take them out and redo them. Loose braids weaken your hairline and cause it to fade.
  7. Always deep condition your hair between braiding to prevent damage, breakage and thinning.

Source and images: Darling Hair

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