For many, wearing a protective hairstyle is an excuse for them to skip the shampoo. Protective styles like braids are usually worn for a long duration and going this long without washing your hair could easily result in an itchy and flaky scalp on top of dandruff and product build up.
So yes, it is very much important that you wash your hair to keep your hair and scalp in good condition as you rock your protective style.
How Often Should You Wash Your Hair When It Is In Braids?
This more or less depends on your lifestyle. If you are a very person that engages in physical exercise often, we suggest that you wash your hair every other week. However, if you are not nearly as active, we recommend a good wash every two weeks or so.
How To Wash Your Hair When It Is In Braids
1. Wet your braids
Letting your hair get fully wet with lukewarm water helps open the cuticles so they can easily take in product.
2. Clarifyyour hair
By now, your hair has probably accumulated a lot of grime and dirt.Use a good quality clarifying shampoo to rid your scalp and hair of build up. Be sure to wash at least two times to remove stubborn oils and dirt.
There you have it, you’ve successfully washed your hair in braids. Be sure to dry it off using a microfiber towel and you’re good to go. To dry off your hair faster, use a hooded dryer or blow dryer at a low temperature setting.
Go ahead and follow these four easy steps each time you wear braids to keep your hair in pristine condition, and remember, YOU ARE A GEM.