There are five stages of getting braids...
The first is that little burst of inspiration and longing we get when we see a look that we just have to have. That is followed by the second stage of buying their hair-piece and getting the style done. And then comes the best stage, the third stage in which you have your fresh hairstyle, it looks great and everybody compliments you on it every minute of every day.
The fourth stage is the confusing stage when your hair doesn't look as great as it first did but not bad enough for you to have to undo it... Until it does look bad and then you enter the final stage when you have to remove it.
The last two stages are quite a sad part of the entire process but there are ways to prolong your hairstyle for a little bit longer.
Braids reportedly grip better on "dirty" hair and therefore end up looking better. Dirty doesn't mean disgustingly oily and super old, however, just a few days old after your last wash.
Rub a bit of pomade on the tips of your fingers just after attaching each braid so that you can tame frizz and flyaways and get a neater-looking braid.
Your grandmothers, aunties, and mothers were on to something. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase or wrapping your braid in a silk scarf is the way to go!
Here are a few other ways to keep braids neater for longer:
1. While they're still fresh, apply mousse all over your braids until the foam disappears. Then tightly wrap your hair with a silk/satin scarf for at least 30mins. You can also do this once a week after brushing your braids once they start to look too old
2. Once they start to look older and hair strands start popping out, brush your braids softly in the direction of your style
3. Apply hairspray on your braids (there are various options, Olive Oil Sheen spray, sta-soft fro braid spray, Dark n Lovely braid spray etc)
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