To Braid Or Not To Braid

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Braids! Who doesn't love them? Not only is it a signature look for women of colour but it also gives a different, almost alluring look anytime it's done. Plus it's definitely easier to manage. In spite of all these, braids have their place in the hair care cycle. Braids are good in certain circumstances but most be avoided at all costs in other circumstances as well. Interested in knowing what these cases are? Here goes

When not to braid

Losing edges

One of the many ways we lose our edges is when we braid (especially tight braids around the edges), install tight hairstyles, regularly wear glued wigs among others. These in themselves mean that the last thing you want to do as a way of growing your edges is to braid unless you can promise that these braids will go no where near your edges. We advise that you wear out your hair during this period and focus on growing your edges using certified products like the Hair Growth Oil with minimal manipulation on your edges. 

Experiencing hair breakage

'I was experiencing hair breakage so I braided my hair. After taking them out, it's even breaking more'. That begs the question of "Were you expecting something different?" Braids do not miraculously transform hair that is breaking. If your hair is breaking and you decide to braid it, it'll continue to break. You're better off doing a Protein Treatment rather. 

Dull, dry hair

One of the best things you can do for your hair if you're experiencing dry, dull hair is to opt for a moisturizing treatment such as the Deep Conditioning Treatment. Don't hide your hair under braids and expect it to be magically  transformed. Braids don't work that way.

When to get braids

There are certain times getting braids installed is the best decision for yourself and your hair.

Harsh weather conditions

There's a reason braids are considered a protective style. They're particularly helpful in harsh weather conditions like the harmattan or during the winter. Installing braids during such seasons is desirable.

When you need a break

Of course, we all get tired from time to time and need a break or a new look. By all means go in for braids. It only becomes a problem when you need a break all the time. 

To prevent over-manipulation

Over manipulating your hair, especially natural hair, could damage your hair. Over manipulation include always combing your hair, hands in hair syndrome, changing styles every day, etc. If you find yourself doing these, you may want to reconsider your hair care practices.

As an unwritten rule, do not install braids without moisturizing. Plus don't leave it in for more than 6 weeks. If you can, deep condition your hair before braiding and always moisturize using the Anti Itch Hair and Scalp Spray or the Aloe Vera Hair Mist. You'll notice the difference once you take out the braids. 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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