Box braids are currently number 1 among protective styles in the world. This style is a classic community staple that’s been around since natural hair was wrapped. Here is a list of ways you can keep your home during this pandemic.
The first and crucial tip to maximizing the longevity of this style is to protect the braids and your edges while you sleep. Just wearing a cotton or silk scarf around the edges can make a world of difference. If you find it difficult to put one on at night, you can replace your regular pillowcases with silk pillows.
Next, you want to make sure your scalp is getting the moisture it needs. Because of the braids that seal in some of the essential oils used during installation, you don’t have to do nearly as much as you do with your natural hair care routine. Apply a light oil to the scalp gently and sparingly every few days or once a week. Excessive use can cause product buildup and leave a mess when it’s time to take the braids off.
Wash your braids carefully. Each hair has a different texture and thickness. You need to CAREFULLY wash your braids every 2-4 weeks; However, it is important to know your hair. If you have a coarse texture, you can wash your hair more often. In contrast, those with softer curls will have to wait as long as possible. The reason for this is that softer hair ages faster.
After all, you shouldn’t go more than eight weeks with this hairstyle. Wearing your hair in one style for too long, no matter how protective it is, can lead to tangled hair and unintended locs. All of the growth you have achieved can be lost if you have to cut your hair out of your braids if you leave it on for too long.