Hello fellas. Today I’m going to talk about the importance of moisturizing your hair when you install braids and some tips on how to keep your braids healthy and moisturized. But before that let us conduct this simple exercise; hands up if you do not moisturize your hair with oil or butter when you install braids, hands up if you do not routinely wash your hair underneath your braids, hands up if you feel lazy doing any of the above mentioned, and hands up if you avoid doing the above to prevent frizzy hair.
If you raised your hands to any of the above, grab a seat sis because we are about to have a serious chat. I know most of us have various reasons for installing braids. The most common reasons however are; to give our hair a breathing space from all the constant manipulation to allow growth, and to give ourselves a new and beautiful look. My concertation for today is reason number one.
In as much as it is important to install braids as a protective style to prevent the constant manipulation and promote hair growth, it is equally important that we keep our hair moisturized underneath. Most girls avoid caring for their hair when they install braids because, the hair tends to feel frizzy and gets old soon than expected. But the truth it, not doing it causes breakage due to dryness, but which would you prefer; keeping your braids for 4-6 weeks without moisturizing which leads to hair breakage or, moisturizing your hair regularly and in the right way for massive hair growth? I bet you prefer the latter, and so do I. I personally had my doubts about moisturizing hair underneath braids but, I recently started doing it and I can boldly say that my hair is thriving. Before you think of ignoring your hair or ‘’giving your hair a breathing space’’, think about the damage you’re causing your hair.
Below are three easy ways to keep your hair moisturized in protective styles.
Yep! Water is a must. Get a spray bottle and mix your favourite leave in conditioner with water. Apply to your hair every day or at least every other day. You can also moisturize with just water if you wish.
CLEAN AND OIL SCALP
Your scalp is the foundation of your hair growth. A clean and moisturized scalp promotes tremendous hair growth. Clean your scalp with warm water at least once a week to get rid of the product build ups. For those who are particular about frizzy hair, dip a towel in warm water and work your way through your braids gently, not forgetting your edges. It is best to clean section after section. Alternatively, you can mix a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with water and apply to your hair as a cleanser with a piece of cotton. Let it sit for a while and rinse it out. After cleaning your scalp, apply any oil of your choice to your hair with an applicator bottle and massage your scalp for at least five minutes . Do this every week till you uninstall your braids.
FULL WASH DAY
This isn’t as necessary as the first two, but it is equally important. I recommend this mostly for those who have any kind of locs installed. I don’t know if it just me but I personally love frizzy locs so I don’t mind having a full wash day when I install locs. Before my wash day, I spray rice water into my braids and leave it overnight. (You can try it and see if it works for you). Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo and condition with your favourite conditioner. Let your hair sit for 15 minutes or more and raise out. Allow your hair to air dry or use a dryer if you prefer. Then apply a leave-in conditioner, oil or butter and style.
And before I forget, never go to bed without your satin bonnet!!
I know, this sounds like a lot of work, but do this, and your hair will thank you.