Braided Care Tips
MOISTURIZE YOUR SCALP
The most important thing to consider when wearing a protective style is maintaining the health of your scalp and adding moisture to your hair. For most styles (like box braids and cornrows), your scalp is more exposed than usual. As a result, it can be more prone to dryness, irritation and/or flakiness. To combat this, you need to give your scalp and hair the hydration it needs regularly.
WASH YOUR BRAIDS
A major myth is that you shouldn’t wash your hair when you have braids. FYI, that’s completely false. Of course you can wash your braids without having to worry about ruining your style. In fact, it’s essential that you clean your scalp and braids frequently to avoid any product buildup, dryness and/or irritation.
PROTECT YOUR BRAIDS AT NIGHT
When your hair isn’t protected, you lose moisture and shine and are more prone to frizz. To avoid causing friction and dryness while you sleep, Dorsey suggests wrapping your hair up in a silk or satin headscarf (or bonnet). For added protection (and in case you wake up with your scarf on the other side of the room), use a silk pillowcase too.
Keep it Que
WASH YOUR HAIR EVERY TWO WEEKS
Detangle your extensions before washing using a wig brush or a wide tooth comb.
We know that some people "co wash" (only using conditioner) before installing, which is ok. However, we do recommend using a shampoo to make sure the hair is clean from any dirt or anything.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DEEP CONDITION YOUR HAIR
Why do I need to deep condition? It helps with detangling, frizzing, and it adds moisture to the hair that was stripped by the shampoo.
Deep condition for 15 minutes and rinse in cold water. Air dry your hair or sit under a dryer.
USE MINIMAL HEAT - ALWAYS
Always use heat protectant before flat ironing. Do not put a lot of products in your hair. This can cause your hair to be stiff and begin to tangle.