It’s reasonable to say that everyone in the world, especially in Africa, is familiar with braids. Braids are incredibly adaptable and widely used. You may not be aware, but braids have been around for a very long time and are still popular now. This simply serves to highlight how unique and stylish it is.
WHAT ARE BRAIDS?
Two or more strands of hair are interlaced or weaved together to produce braids. The method is often referred to as plaiting. Braids are essential when working with natural hair since they are a type of protective hairdo. For those who prefer natural hair, braids are great. There are countless braided hairstyles you will adore, from box braids to cornrows.
Braids can be created in a variety of distinctive styles. The nice thing about braids is that they look great on hair of any length and texture, whether it’s thick, thin, long, or soft. Never assume that a braided hairstyle is unsuitable for you.
HOW LONG CAN YOU ROCK THEM?
Long-lasting braided hairstyles depend on the type of braids used and how well they are cared for.
This simple steps down below will guide you in maintaining your braids hairstyles.
REGULARLY WASH YOUR BRAIDS
The idea that you shouldn’t wash your hair if you have braids is a common misconception. To be clear, that is wholly untrue. You can wash your braids without fear of destroying the style, of course. In fact, it’s imperative that you regularly clean your braids and scalp to prevent any product accumulation, dryness, or irritation.
MOISTURIZE YOUR SCALP
According to Kendall Dorsey, a famous hairstylist and the Dark & Lovely brand ambassador, maintaining the health of your scalp and giving moisture to your hair is crucial when wearing a protective style. Your scalp will be more exposed than usual for the majority of styles (such box braids and cornrows). It may be more prone to dryness, irritability, and/or flakiness as a result. You must frequently hydrate your scalp and hair in order to prevent this.
STAY AWAY FROM TIGHT HAIRSTYLES
The greatest quality of braids is their adaptability. You can be wearing them down one moment and then pulling them up in a ponytail the next. However, you should be mindful about how frequently you wear these fashionable haircuts. Your braids are more likely to frizz, break, and weaken along the roots and edges if you wear them in tight styles all the time, such as high ponytails, buns, dutch braids, etc. Now, we’re not saying you should stop wearing these fashions altogether; rather, limit your use of them to twice weekly to prevent any tearing or tugging. Your scalp will appreciate it later, we promise.
AVOID LONG-TERM BRIDE WEARING
You can wear braids for a very long time, yes. But you shouldn’t leave them on for too long. Dorsey advises limiting the duration of protective styles to four to six weeks. Why? Your hair needs a break, just like you book PTO to take a break from work. Your hair will be more prone to breakage, knots, and tangles the longer you leave your braids in. They are protective styles, indeed, but only in the short term.
Take your time and go through the braids we have down below. Leave a comment in the section below and don’t forget to share this post.