Box braids hair care

Box braids hair care

box-braids-02Box braids have been a long time staple in the black woman’s arsenal of hair styles. I bet they’ve saved you a time or two before either in studying for exams, working out a lot or just not feeling like messing with your hair for a while (I know they have for me!).

There are a lot of reasons to love these braids. They look good, are easy to take care of, are low maintenance and they help your hair grow (a lot).

What You Should Know About This Braided Style

Here are some quick facts you should know before you schedule an appointment to get your braids installed.
  • They take anywhere from 3-8 hours to put in depending on how big and long they are.
  • They’re moderately expensive to get at a salon but pretty easy to learn how to do at home.
  • You can use human or synthetic hair to do them depending on how you want the finished style to look.
  • Takes between 2-4 packs of hair depending on the size braids.
  • You can leave the ends out or have them braided all the way down.
  • They’re very easy on the hair and to take out.

Braid Maintenance Tips

Use these tips to keep your hairstyle looking fresher longer and your own hair healthy underneath.
  • Use braid spray and light oils daily to keep them moist and prevent an itchy scalp.
  • If your hair is relaxed, wait 3-4 weeks and deep condition a few times before you get braids put in.
  • Never wear braids longer than 6-8 weeks.
  • Always trim your hair after you take the braids out.
  • Don’t wear supper tight braids. Traction alopecia is a serious problem and can destroy your hairline.
  • Wash your hair once a week with a stocking cap over it to prevent fuzziness.

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Q&A

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How to take care of your box braids and your hair while its in them?

Hello, I just got my box braids a week ago, and iv been concerned on wether my hair is healthy with them in. Lately Iv been oiling my scalp everyday and applying organic shea butter mosturizer to my hair while in the braids then after I apply almond oil onto my hair to seal the moisture in. So now that its been a week I was wondering if I could shampoo and condition my hair while in these braids. Also I wanted to know why does the hair itch so much while in these braids?

I'm a hair stylist, you do not need to oil/grease your scalp everyday, twice a week is good, oiling your scalp everyday can clog up your pores and minimize your hair growth, yes! can wash your hair while you have braids, do not keep the braids more then 2mos, after a while your natural hair strats turning into dreads, and you don't want that.

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How can I take care of my hair while its in box braids?

& how long should I keep them in for

Not more than a week. I also do not recommend them, if you've got thin, thinning hair, trying to grow hair or Afri-Amer.
Traction alopecia is hair loss that occurs as a result of continuous pulling of the hair. Pulling may occur from hairstyles such as tight cornrows, plaits or braids with or without extensions, weaves, ponytails or even hair rollers or curlers. Natural hairstyles can also lead to traction alopecia as well. Long heavy locks and tightly coiled twists can lead to traction alopecia. The hair loss associated with traction alopecia typically occurs at the frontal hairline,…