Braided hairstyles are a staple because of their versatility and ability to protect natural hair. Since many people braid hair, these 5 easy ways to make your braids last long while still looking good is a hot issue and one dear at heart. Braided protective hairstyles are the easiest go-to for people with coily and curly hair.
Braids are easy to style and are low maintenance. This is therefore a doorway to creative minds who add a twist with different designs colours and lengths. However, this doesn’t mean you should neglect your braids or the hair underneath them. If you find that your braids usually didn’t last longer than you thought they would, these are a few ways to make them last much longer.
To many, this may seem cumbersome but it is a core necessity. To protect your hair, wear a scarf or bonnet made of silk or satin. The smooth texture protects against fizzing and protects your roots from drying out. This is important whether you have braids or not.
Once braids develop fizz it will be very difficult to make them completely neat again without having to re-do them. If you don’t prefer using silk or satin scarves and bonnets then place a satin pillowcase over your pillow for a similar type of protection and reduce fizz.
Use a leave-in conditioner at least three times a week. This will help prevent your hair from drying out and eventually breaking. It also keeps your hair soft and shiny. Naturally, water is your hair’s best friend. It is a great deterrent and a natural moisturiser. When enriched with the right ingredients to make a conditioner, then you have a best friend for life!
Using a good oil will seal and secure the moisture which inadvertently boosts hair growth. Livara’s Sapphire 2 in 1 Deep Conditioner and Leave-in Treatment not only moisturises the hair, it also detangles and has a great feel on your scalp. The Tsavorite Spritz Moisturizer is a great daily moisturiser you can use for your hair. It relieves irritation, hydrates your scalp and aids in good hair growth.
Who ever thought that washing your braids is actually good for their longer retention? Did you know that build up of sweat and products used can be damaging to your hair? It is important to gently wash your braids once every two weeks. However, you don’t need to drench your braids in water, you can use a root rinse treatment instead.
For the option of washing, the tsavorite clarifying treatment hair shampoo effectively removes all dirt and debris, it boosts growth and adds volume to your hair. Remember to first fully wet the braids before applying the shampoo. This will save a lot on the amount of shampoo used and the time it takes to wash the braids.
Oh yes! We want you to keep them in long enough but not for 6 months let alone a year!
Protective styles are meant to be short-ish term. Braids should be kept for eight weeks (two months) if it goes longer than this your new growth will stretch and damage causing hair loss due to breakage. Leaving braids in for too long causes dryness, build up of dirt, tangling and breakage. Don’t do a protective style and just forget about it after some time. Switch it up and be creative!
We all love to style our braids, be spontaneous, daring and experiment with our creativity. However, braids can incur damage just like our actual natural hair. If you are rough with your braids, it can create fizz. On the shorter side you could end up pulling your own hair out.
Tying your hair very tightly seems secure however it forcefully stretches the hair, roots and scalp which can cause breakage, dryness and scarring.
Even though you have extensions it is important to handle them with extreme care. Improper care of braids makes them look unpolished, old and unattractive. Now imagine the disaster this creates when on top of poor handling, the braids are also not moisturised regularly.
Protective styles must be handled with care in order for them to appear intact and attractive. With the right products your braids can last longer while having very healthy and strong hair.
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