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*DISCLAIMER* I DID NOT write this post. This is to inform you on healthy hair care while keeping braids.
This post was written but a natural hair guru WestNDNbeauty!!!
Original Post HERE
10 Do's & Don'ts While Wear Braids/Twist Extensions!
Now that warmer weather is upon us, many ladies — myself included! — are looking into braids and twists with extensions. This low-maintenance protective style can offer the styling versatility of long hair without the commitment (you can remove them and be back to TWA status within hours) or the upkeep (no detangling while they are installed?! HELLO!) Those who wear braid extensions can retain a significant amount of growth, if they are properly maintained. Incorporate these tips into your braided hair regimen to maximize the health and growth of your natural hair!
1. DO make sure your natural hair is in tip-top shape before installing braids or twists. Deep condition your hair on a weekly basis for at least 3-4 weeks prior to installing braid or twist extensions to ensure that your hair is moisturized and strong from the inside out. Consider doing a strong protein treatment (followup with a moisturizing DC to prevent brittle and/or dry hair) the week before your install. Remember to moisturize your hair daily and seal in the moisture with your favorite oil or butter!
2. DON’T braid the hair around your edges too tightly. Redness or white bulbs visible at the scalp OR headaches after your install are signs that your follicles are being damaged by tight braids. Try leaving out some of the hair, especially at the temples, or use larger sections with less braiding hair to lessen the damage.
3. DO use large, diamond-shaped parts if you are braiding your own hair.
Pencil-sized parts are the perfect size to avoid too much stress on your strands, and the diagonal parts will help the braids lay flatter.
4. DON’T use braiding hair straight from the pack. Braiding hair contains an alkaline base over the fibers that can cause mild itching or even hives on the skin/scalp in many braid wearers. This base is easily removed by soaking the hair in a sink full of water with one cup of vinegar added for at least 15 minutes. Be sure to dry the hair by laying it out on a towel before installing.
5. DO keep your hair and scalp clean and buildup-free while wearing braids.
Witch hazel or apple cider vinegar can be applied to a cotton ball and then dabbed in the parts between braids, or for a more thorough cleansing, add diluted shampoo to a spray bottle and thoroughly soak the scalp and braids. Clip or tie up the braids to avoid breakage from the weight of the wet hair, and leave the shampoo on the hair for 20-30 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.
6. DON’T forget to deep condition with your braids installed!
Use your fingers or a relaxer brush to “paint” deep conditioner onto the roots of your hair (NOT your scalp) and down the length of your braids. Cover with a conditioning cap or plastic bag and let the conditioner stay on your hair for 30 minutes or so. Rinse well, ensuring all the conditioner is removed from your hair. Alternatively, you can use a mixture of oils to “prepoo” before cleansing the braids as detailed above — simply mix your favorites, such as olive oil, jojoba oil or Jamaican black castor oil and apply to both the scalp and braids. Rinse and proceed with cleansing.
7. DO run a light oil (such as sweet almond, jojoba or coconut oil) down the length of each braid after cleansing them to seal in moisture.
If your hair feels especially dry, you can add a creamy leave-in to them as well. It is essential to also keep them moisturized between washes. Use a braid spray or leave-in every 3-4 days to keep hair supple and healthy. You can also make a braid spray from a 50/50 mix of water and aloe vera juice — feel free to add tea tree oil if your scalp is itchy or dry.
8. DON’T go to bed without covering your braids with a satin scarf or bonnet!
Just as you do when your hair is loose, continue to tie your hair up nightly, or at least sleep on a satin pillowcase. Cotton pillowcases can draw moisture from your hair whether it is loose or braided. Bun the braids, tucking in the ends, if you opt for the pillowcase.
9. DO indulge in regular scalp massages to soothe your scalp (and nerves!) and promote hair growth.
Jojoba oil most closely matches our own naturally occurring sebum, so it makes a wonderful carrier oil for your favorite essential oils, such as tea tree (soothing), peppermint (stimulating) or lavender (moisturizing/antibacterial) EO. Jamaican black castor oil is equally as healing and is especially good for promoting growth — see my list of its benefits here.
10. Most importantly…DON’T keep your braids in too long!!!
Loose braids caused by new growth and/or accumulating shed hair can cause the hair to become severely tangled or matted, resulting in extreme breakage or the need for a large cut. Get a touch-up (or redo your braids in sections, if you self-install) every 4-6 weeks if you plan on keeping your braids in for longer than 2-3 months.Following these tips can not only help your braids look newer longer, but will also ensure that your hair thrives while protected from the elements.
If you have any tips or product suggestions that have helped you retain significant length while braided up, please feel free to share below!
Well I used a product mid week to style my hair. Well that wasn't a good idea because the next morning my hair was wet, heavy, and way to greasy. I was not happy at all. So I co washed to see if I could get it out.
That sure in h-e-double hockey sticks didn't work. Boy was I upset. My hair felt like product overload nastyness..
So I had to cleanse my hair with a cleanser. I used Jessicurls Hair cleansing Cream and for my initial use of it. I did a great job of cleaning all that nasty product out of my hair without out striping it at all. I didn't deep condition because that's what I was saving for today!
Here's how Today's wash day went:
*Deep Conditioned on dry hair with Purgasm Shop Wild Cherry treatment Hair Truffles. (Review coming Tomorrow) I left this on for an hour and 15 minutes. Then rinsed throughly with warm water.
*Next I used Aubrey Organics GPB Conditioner (I love this stuff every time I use it). I coated and work it threw out my hair for about 3 minutes. Rinswd in warm water.
*Then I used Jamaican Black Castor Oil to grease my scalp. Applied my leave in which was Giovanni Direct Leave-in. Sealed with shea butter oil and proceeded to rod my hair with Purgasm shop Flaxseed gel.
As I Am DoubleButter Cream- 15$ 8oz 25$ 16oz (prices may vary)
Promises: Give your hair what it's asking for. The lubricity and moisture needed to feel and look Amazing! When your hait feels a bit rough and dry, and looks that way too, this is the jar to reach for. DoubleButter Cream gets the job done.
Directions: Apply sparingly or liberally depending upon your hair's need for moisture, manageability, and vitality. Rub within palms and scruch onto hair gently so yhat coils and curls are undisturbed. May also be used to set soft lustrous twist and twist out.
Ingredients: key ingredients- Water, Cocoa butter, Shea butter, Castor oil, Jojoba oil, Sweet Almond oil, Sugar Beet Root, Wheat Grem Oil, Vegetable glycerin, Wheat Protein, Panthenol, and Lanolin.
My Review: I have been using this cream for the past two weeks. I used it as a moisturizer and a styler and found it butter as a styler. I have used it with other products and by itself. It is much more moisturizing by itself to me. But still didn't cause product build up. It was nice and light on my hair. It gave me soft and defined curls when used as a styler. When I would moisturize my hair I would just focus on the hair where my 2 textures meet and it knocked that dryness out.
I will be repurchasing it because it is now apart of my staple creams!!!
Today was extremely easy.
Thanks for reading HHJ!
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Here's how today's wash day went:
Pre pooed for a hour with my spritz, seal with Honey Curls oil Blend, the put a mix if Elasta QP Ultra Hydration Deep conditioner, Aubrey GPB, and L'Oréal smoothing conditioner. Rinsed out in warm water. I don't have that much left of these three that's why I mixed the up so I could finish them off togather. This combination thought made my hair nice and soft.
I shampooed this was day because my home made custard did leave my hair with a residue kind of feel. I did find a cleansers that I will be trying next week as a alternative for shampooing. I use Shea Moisture's Moisture Retention Shampoo. I had a sample that I received in a swap. Being that I never tried this shampoo and so many people raved about it both relaxes and natural I could wait to give it a try. Well boy was it a big disappointed for me. My hair felt extremely stripped and a little hard. It did feel really clean though. I'm glad it was a sample and not a new bottle!!! Another thing I noticed is when you have a sample you can use the least out a product then when you have the full product, which is gone in no time!!!
Next I used Giovanni's 2chic Ultra Moist Conditioner which gave my hair back it's softness and moisture. (I love this product) Worked it into my hair for about 2 minutes and then rinsed it out in warm water. I forgot to make my hair tea yesterday so I didn't get to do this step!
I received a Komaza Care Honeycomb Hair Rejuvenator in one of my swaps this week and decided to test it out this wash day. I spray it all over my hair and worked it into my scalp and the cover it with my stape In control deep conditioner. Left this on with and without heat for about 1 hr & 45 minutes. Rinswd out in warm water and again I was meet with soft hair....
As for leavings I use Giovanni direct weightless leave-in. On my scalp I used the 4naturals Daily leave-in treatment, sealed with a little bit of Crazy Naturals Oil, and the for a cream I used As I Am Double Butter Cream that I also received in a swap. Last I roded my hair up!
Thanks for reading!
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