Box braids are a protective style, and while wearing them, you need to make sure the hair underneath stays as it should: protected. Leaving your hair untouched for 2 months isn’t the best idea, you’ll have a mess to deal with after and we don’t want that. I’ve listed 5 tips on caring for your braids, for the duration of time you choose to keep them in.
- KEEP YOUR BRAIDS IN FOR OVER TWO MONTHS. Two months should be the MAX amount of time that you should keep your braids in. I usually keep them in for a month to a month and a half.
- OIL. I put tea tree oil and black castor oil on my scalp about twice a week. Black castor oil is pretty thick so I wouldn’t use too much, it can start to weigh your hair down.
- REBRAID. The process of learning how to braid an entire head of hair can be exhausting, but I would try to learn how to braid at least a few. After two weeks or so if your braids start to get frizzy, rebraid the front. It’ll seem like you got your entire head redone.
- WASH EVERY TWO WEEKS (at least). To avoid building from the oils you put in your hair, wash your braids as often as you would your natural hair.
- Avoid hairstyles that constantly pull at the front of your hair. Braids can be tight at times, and constant pulling can cause damage to your hair.
Those are my five tips for taking care of your box braids! These tips apply to twists as well. If you’re looking for a new shampoo and conditioner to try out, I’ll be posting a product review on Noughty Haircare next week. They have great products for curly hair and I would definitely check them out!