There's a misconception among many naturalistas that once your hair is in braids, hair care goes on a break. It's time to unlearn that habit. Protective in nature, braids do a great job of preventing us from over-manipulating the hair. However, there are some key things you need to do whilst in braids not only to stimulate growth but also to promote healthy hair practices.
Yes, you do have to moisturize your hair whilst in braids. Your hair needs the hydration to flourish. Applying just hair oils on your scalp is not moisturizing. For on-the-go moisturizing, get yourself an Aloe Vera Hair Mist and spray it on your hair everyday. If you experience itchy scalp or dandruff, the Anti Itch Hair and Scalp Spray will do you good. Alternatively, you can spray water unto your hair and scalp, apply a Leave-in Lotion and finally your hair oil to seal in the moisture.
Don't always tie up your braids
Tying up your braids, especially when done too tight, places undue pressure on your scalp. Sometimes, this results in scalp bumps (tiny bumps on the scalp which may or may not itch) and traction alopecia along the edges. Release your braids and rock them with pride.
6 weeks is enough
Don't wear your braids for too long. A maximum of 6 weeks is enough. This should go hand-in-hand with moisturizing. Keeping your braids in for far too long could result in breakage and no one wants that.
Night time regimen is important
This includes but not limited to moisturizing your hair and wearing a satin bonnet to protect your hair whilst you sleep. Unnecessary tugging of hair strands is prevented once your braids are nicely tucked into the satin bonnet. Plus, it helps in locking in the moisture applied prior.
Braids are great. They have been a staple among women of colour for a very long time and rightly so. Practice these tips when you install braids and enjoy the journey. For further hair consultation, please do not hesitate to contact Eya Naturals on +233 204 600 464 or +233 59 237 7008 @eyanaturals on Facebook and Instagram.
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