The Aftermath of Braids As A Protective Style

After taking my braids to the beach, graduation, the country side, and now a college campus for my summer enrichment program… I decided that having braids was too much for my busy life – and there’s only so many cute/practical hairstyles you can do – so I decided to take them out. Here are a few tips that you will find helpful when taking out your braids.

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Neck Strain

It’s good that friends and family want to help you take out your braids, but don’t let your neck get strained in the process.


 Pulling Out Hair

Hair can get tugged out or pulled out when you or the people taking out your braids are frustrated and stop carefully taking out your hair because they’re ready to get the process over with.


 Detangling/Separating Shedded Pieces of Hair Before Washing Hair

Your hair sheds up to 100 strands a day.Most people leave their braids in anywhere from a time period of 2 – 3 months (90 days = Potentially 9000 strands of hair.) If you don’t detangle your hair you’ll experience massive amounts of hairballs in your hands and on your shower floor.

I skipped this step and days later I was still picking shedded pieces of hair out of my head, it was horrible honestly.

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Shampooing, Conditioning, & Detangling Hair in The Shower

When you get in the shower make sure you scrub gently (not scratch) you hair effectively, removing dirt and grime embedded on the scalp. Condition hair to rebuild/balance te moisture and protein levels in your hair.

Detangle your hair in the shower as well. This step is optional depending on whether you like to dry detangle your hair or not. Personally I’d detangle before and during my shower (maybe even after) just to make sure I didn’t miss any shedded hair becuase shedded hair that is not found eventually tangles up with other hair and causes knots and tangles in the hair (which inevitably leads to more problems)


Have Product On Hand

Don’t be a product junkie but have at least one natural ‘on the go’ type product that you can whip out when needed. My natural hair ‘on the go’ product is 100% African Shea Butter.

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Hopefully this article helps you as you protective style. Do you have a tip for other naturals taking down braids or twists as a protective style? If so, share them with us in the comments below!


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Moriah Banks

Moriah Banks, Intern for CurlyInCollege, is a college freshman at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. She’s known for her involvement in her community, and her love for natural hair. In her spare time she travels the country and spends quality time with her loved ones. To see more of Moriah, follow her on Twitter and Instagram under the username moriahashleyy, or on her personal blog at moriahashleyy.wordpress.com.

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