Hey Curly Naturals!,
Whether you need a break from your hair, looking to rock a new style or just want a good old protective style here are a few tips to ensure that you get the most out of your box braids.
Laying the foundation.
Before having your braids done it is. important to rinse your fibre.
Hair fibre has an alkaline later sprayed onto it to prevent mold growing onto it. This alkaline layer, throws your scalps pH of balance, this is why some Naturals have an irritated and itchy scalp.
How to rinse your fibre.
Remove your fibre from the packaging leaving the elastic on. You can choose to undo the braid or not. I do because it makes the drying process faster. (but still leaving the elastic band on)
- Pour water into a small basin
- Followed by roughly half a bottle of white spirit vinegar
- Allow this mixture to soak for 20 – 30 minutes. (you should see a white layer float on top of the hair this is the alkaline layer that you removing)
- Rinse your hair fibre throughly with some clean water. Repeat this process if necessary.
- Loop the fibre around the neck of a hanger and leave to dry completely before installing.
Before installing your braids
Do a full cleanse and deep conditioning session.
Your hair will not see the day of light for a while and having a dirty scalp and dry hair will defeat the purpose of braid stint
On the day of or the night before having your braids installed go through your normal wash day, ending with a thorough DC session.
Installing your braids
When installing your braids ensure that the thickness of your braid complements your hair density. Braids that are too thick and thin will cause stress on your hair follicles and edges causing breakage and hairline issues.
You also don’t want your braids to be too tight this can be uncomfortable and may cause headaches.
Taking care/After care.
Having your hair in braids does not mean you get to pass on still taking care of your hair.
Spritz your hair daily with your Favorite hair spray or diy it (add insta post here)
It’s possible to wash your hair. It will be slightly different to your normal wash day but it’s definitely possible.
This is a rough outline of how I did my wash day. It goes without saying that you should do what is best for your hair however below is a guideline of how my wash day went when I had my braids.
I started off by sectioning my hair into 4
Applied shampoo to my roots and gently massage each braid (there weren’t many 😂)
I rinsed my head and followed with a deep conditioner followed by another rinse and working some leave in conditioner into my braids.
I ended with my homemade spritz to add moisture
Here’s to a successful Braiding stint and hoping you are able make the most of having braids.