How to look after your hair and scalp when wearing braids
If you wear braids often then you should be all too familiar with the struggle of a dry scalp, the difficulty of cleansing your scalp without spoiling your style and, the important question of how long you can leave your braids in. In this post, we will be offering some advice on everything you need to know regarding maintaining a healthy scalp and how to care for your hair. Being the popular choice for a somewhat low-maintenance style, box braids are the go-to look for many women who want to give their hair some time to retain its length.
How long should I keep them in?
While there is no straightforward answer to this (it varies from person to person), keeping in your braids for longer than 2 months is the ultimate no-no! If your hair is fine, then you might find that you can only keep the style in for about a month before you feel the tension and see breakage. Textured hair, however, can go up to 2 months. While many of us may be guilty of leaving our braids in for longer, surpassing 2 months will not only cause major damage to your natural hair but can leave your scalp with a big, itchy problem.
Keep it sleek
Sleep on silk
Add some shine
When do I take them out?
There are quite a few ways to know when it’s time to remove your braids, the most common of these signs is when you start to see your natural hair growth separating your braids from your scalp. Not only will this make you look unprofessional, but the new hair could become twisted and damaged while intertwining with your braids. Product and dirt buildup is another major sign that many tend to ignore. Buildup happens when all of the product applied to your scalp gets etched into your braids, causing fluff, dirt, and excess product which can cause major strain on your scalp and new hair growth.
And our top tip? After removing your braids, make sure that you give your hair and scalp at least a month of relaxation before doing more braids. In this time, take care of your scalp and hair by using rich moisture masques and soothing scalp sprays.