Everyone has a different way of maintaining their braids and this includes how long they keep them, how they moisturize them and how they keep them looking fresh but one thing everyone SHOULD be doing is washing their braids.
A number of women believe that because their hair is in a protective style, it should not touch any water whatsoever but that is just NASTY. The water that runs down as you wash your hair after taking out braids should not look as though you just passed through a sandstorm.
Even though your hair is styled, life goes on. Product builds up on your hair and scalp, your hair continues to release natural oils and your scalp gets dirty so you should be washing your braids often. Every 2 - 3 weeks in fact, according to Glamour.
BUT, there is a way to do it. You can't just wash your braids the way you would wash your normal hair.
There are a number of visual tutorials online to show exactly how to do this but the main points to remember include:
- Mix some shampoo and water in a spray bottle and spray it onto your roots/scalp
- Don't vigorously rub your braids as you wash them (this helps prevent frizz after they dry)
- Rinse the mixture out by pouring water onto your scalp and working it down through the braids
- Apply some conditioner to the roots
- Lightly spray some oils onto the damp braids
- Let them air dry
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