This summer, plenty of naturals are giving up their weaves and extensions as protective styles, and are wearing braids. Not only are braids easy to manage and versatile, but they are trendy and unique to each individual’s preference. Although braids are an easy protective style, after enduring the long hours it takes installing them, your natural hair still needs to be taken care of. This article will give you tips on how to get braids and how to maintain your natural hair under braids.
A Tip When Getting Braids Or Twists
Make Sure Your Edges Aren’t Braided Too Tight
– A lot of us feel that when we get braids, our edges should be slicked into a braid and that the hair braider should braid up hair we didn’t even know we had! Not only is that painful, but it’s harmful to your hair. If you look at the braids along your hairline and see hair with little white bulbs at the roots, then your braids are too tight and you’re unintentionally pulling out your hair- causing you to not retain length and potentially setting yourself up for central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (which centers on the crown, or hairline, of the scalp and spreads along the edges).
Tips For Maintaining Natural Hair With Braids & Twists
Don’t Neglect, Just Modify, Your Hair Regimen
– Yes, being able to get in the pool, or going to the beach for a day, without having to worry about styling your hair the next day can be fun – and a relief- but don’t forget your regimen. A hair regimen is basically just a routine you follow when it comes to your hair. Some people’s regimens include detangling, conditioning, hot oil treatment, etc… Well when you have braids, you can’t particularly do everything you did to your hair in it’s natural state. Find out what’s best for you, and stick with it. Only you can determine what works for your hair and what doesn’t.
Moisture! Moisture! Moisture!
– Seawater and Chlorine can dry your hair out. Salt, which is abundant in seawater, automatically dries out your hair. Sebum is a natural oil produced by the hair, and chlorine, commonly found in swimming pools, removes the sebum from your hair causing your hair to not be protected by natural oils, inevitably leading to split ends. Ways to tackle the negative effects of seawater and chlorine are to shampoo and deep condition your hair as often as you do when its in its natural state. For those of you who don’t use shampoo, practice the co wash method. As long as your hair is maintained, and moisturized, you will retain length and experience hair growth while protective styling for the summer.