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Friday, November 18, 2011

Box Braids 101 : Maintaining Box Braids

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It's one thing to get box braids and it's another to actually take care of them properly.
Before I started rocking my natural hair, I used to do all kinds of things to my braids most of which were not right and the most erroneous thing I used to do was thinking about the extensions and not about my hair at all. It was always about the extensions those days. I had to spray them for sheen, apply all kinds of goo on there to make them shine like the sun was always out and so on. All this without giving a thought to my hair.
However, those days are gone. As a natural hair diva or a permed beauty, your hair should always come first, not the extensions. Failing to take care of your hair while they are in the braids will lead to dry, brittle hair and a dirty, clogged scalp. These only lead to breakage and the stunting of hair growth.

But don't fret, here is a list of things you should do to maintain your braids but also take good care of your hair :

Cleanse : Yes, wash your hair. I know many of us shy away from this task when we have braids but let me just let you know that it is essential for the well being of your hair and scalp. It is good to wash your hair at least once every two weeks to avoid build up and a clogged scalp. However, it is true that some ladies can do without washing their hair for at least a month. It depends on your hair and your scalp. Personally, my scalp cannot go without washing for more than two weeks. 
Washing your hair can be done in different ways :

- Shampoo + conditioner : Shampoo the scalp and hair (not extensions. Only apply shampoo to where your hair is). After shampooing, to moisturize the hair condition for a few minutes.

- ACV rinse : This can be done by pouring a dilutes ACV mix over your scalp and hair if you want. You can also do this in addition to shampooing and conditioning if you have hard water like I do.

- Cleansing clay or powder : As an alternative, you can apply a cleansing clay or powder on your scalp and hair.


Moisturize : Moisturize your hair with a daily spritz as often at it needs it. Try concentrating on your hair instead of the extensions. You can also moisturize with a leave in conditioner just after washing.

Seal : Seal your hair with a butter or oil. It is best to do this after washing and moisturizing instead of on a daily basis. This also adds shine to the extensions

Oil : Oil your scalp even if you don't normally do this. Since your hair is in extensions and your scalp exposed, it is prone to dryness. This is especially true if it's during the cold months. 


Looking at this list, it is right to say that, having extensions does not give you some "time - off" from looking after your hair and scalp. It might lighten the job but you still need to take precious care of your hair. Many refrain from tampering with their hair while in extensions because they want the style to look as neat as it did from day one for as long as possible but you should be less preoccupied with how the braids look but rather about the health of your hair.

How do you maintain your hair in extensions?

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28 comments:

  1. I want these bad boys so bad I can taste them!!!

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  2. @ Kiki : LOL. GO for it sis!! :D

    @ Riyana N : Oui c'est trop belle! :)

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  3. Thanks for sharing this! This is actually going to be my next hairstyle :D

    Adiya
    Muse Origins FB

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  4. @ Muse Origins : It's a pleasure sis!! GO for it and share your experience with us ;)

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  5. Its like you read my mind! My hairs in braids at the moment and I've been neglecting it a bit this is a huge help merci <3

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  6. @ WannaBuyVintage : Hey sis. Always a pleasure sis! Glad it helped :) Thank you for passing by and following! it is much appreciated! :D

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  7. Hi Funbi. My best friend and I plan on getting our hair done together before college starts back. Going into our second year :) and she decided to get Kinky twists next month and I'm getting the box braids. So I'm glad you made this blog so much! Since I'm getting them in August, right now I have a blonde color in my hair. It's been in since about February. My natural hair color of course is growing back. I been trying not to used flat irons everyday because it's too hot to try to style my hair. These braids have been calling me but all I have been worried about were my edges. I'm super scared about that. So maybe if the stylist grabs more hair in the front to braid it would be ok? With the blonde in my hair, I was going to get a pack of brown and a pack of blonde. But what do you recommend?

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    1. And I heard that when you condition the hair while they are in the braids, the braid may slip out because it loosens your hair.

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    2. Hi Channi Bee. Congrats on your going to second year of college.
      About your edges, I would advice you to tell the stylist to avoid them as much as possible depending on how weak or short they are. And if she does include some of them in braids, tell her to not tighten them at all. When you feel the braids are too tight, SPEAK UP! It's your hair.
      The colors sound great & at the end of the day, they are your choice :)
      About conditioning the hair while in braids, do you mean deep conditioning? You don't need to deep condition with braids, simple washing and conditioning is enough. Washing does not make the braids slip out at all. You can wash the braids as much as you want. If they were properly, they would stay.
      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask any ore questions you may have.

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    3. So glad I came across this blog. I am transitioning from relaxed hair and heat damage, was wondering if it's a good idea to do the aphogee protein treatment a few days before I get them. I plan on getting them this Saturday. Thanks a lot!

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    4. Hi Chrissypoo.
      Congratulations on your transitioning.
      Concerning the aphogee protein treatment, yes you can do it a few days before getting the braids.
      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  8. Thank you! Okay so my hair is thick, pass my shoulders a like 3 inches past my shoulders. It curls up after I wash it but not super curly. I'm African American but light skinned btw lol. Anyway, before I get the braids, what products should I use based on my hair texture that would be best when getting the braids?

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    1. Oh! And should the roots be like as big as the picture you posted above, like quarter sized for less risk of breakage?

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    2. It's a pleasure Channi.
      Firstly, it's not hair texture that dictates what kind of products you use on your hair. I'd advice you to use products that your hair respond well to...That is, moisturizing and protective products.
      Secondly, the roots in the picture are ok but just make sure they are not tight.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  9. So I'm planning on getting Box braids soon... I was thinking of using human hair do you know what type (e.g. Peruvian, indian, malaysian, etc.) of hair would be the best for box braids?

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    1. Hi Afoma.
      I always use synthetic hair (kanekalon) for box braids and it's good enough.
      However, if you wish to use real hair, you can use whichever one is best for you but I advice you to stay away from wavy hair when it comes to box braids.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  10. I appreciate this blog because I'm putting box braids in right now. I'm using kanekalon hair that has not been cut in half. The braids are a bit too long for me; but I'm afraid that if I cut them that the braids will unravel, what do you think???
    I would like for the braids to be neat and to last long since they so time consuming! ;-)
    Also I haven't sealed the ends yet, what method would you advise!??? (dip,burn,glue,knot,ect)

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    1. Hi!
      I'm glad to know the blog is of help. Braids are time consuming aren't they? For the braids to be neat, quality hair is best & kanekalon will do. Braiding as neatly as possible is also key. Regarding cutting the ends, it would be best to braid as tightly as you can. You do not need to finish the braids since you are going to cut them (for those you have not done). When you cut them, it will be best to put them in hot water (PLEASE GET HELP FOR THIS) and keep the ends and smoothen the braids. If the ends don't stay, you can proceed with burning them.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have & let me know how it goes ;)

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  11. I want these braids so badly

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  12. I just had box braids put into my daughter's hair. Is there a specific kind of oils or conditioners that I should use on her hair?

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    1. Hi Tammie.
      Oil her scalp with coconut oil/olive oil/jojoba oil.
      Moisturize with a spray.
      When it comes to washing, a mild shampoo and moisturizing conditioner will do.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  13. So I've had my box braids for a week and they are just midway down my back (not waist length). They stylist pulled my edges extra tight which caused some puckering on my scalp, that after it stopped hurting just itches incessantly. I ended up over oiling my hair to the point where the oil has been dripping from my braids for the last two days! It ruined my shirt, btw. My question is, how often is it good to put oil on your hair? Also, is using spray oil and oil sheen not a good idea? I may try actual grease for my scalp in the future or maybe a cream? Any advice would be appreciated I don't want to ruin any more clothes!!! Lol

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    1. Hi Ashlee.
      Try not to to oil your scalp too much as this can hinder proper hair growth and irritate your scalp. Be attentive to your scalp needs. If it's getting dry, oil it. If the oil is dripping, it means you are using WAY too much! BE careful about not putting too much product on your scalp or hair because this can cause major product buildup. To fight itching, try a bit of olive oil or coconut oil.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have & let me know how it goes ;)

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  14. Hi, my name is Alexis i was wondering who did your box braids their awesome

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    1. Hi Alexis.
      Thank you for passing by. That's not me in the picture :)

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  15. Just made an ACV rinse on my 2months old box braids for the second time and as usual my hair is full of luster, shine and very soft.
    I love it, but I hate the smell though!

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    1. Hi.
      ACV is great on braids. The smell doesn't linger though so no worries there.

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