You all know that I am a confirmed braidaholic (if that's even a word). I have been wearing braids for most of my adult life now, so today I will be sharing some tips on how to care for braids.
1. To avoid damage to your hairline go for a less voluminous look. I love a full head of braids but they are sometimes heavier, harder to style and also cause hair loss.
2. For those of you who love full braids as much as I do, I recommend using Expression hair as it is very light and easier to carry.
3. When braiding try to leave out your baby hairs. Though, this sometimes prevents your braids from looking fresh which is why I usually skip this step but a little hair gel can do wonders (Speaking to myself).
4. As much as I love playing around with different styles, it is advisable to avoid that. Braids are meant to be protective hairstyles after all which is why I try to wear my hair down more often to preserve my hairline
5. Another way to preserve the hairline is to mix cornrows with individual braids like in the picture below.
6. Oil your scalp as often as possible to prevent it from getting dry, then causing dandruff. I use Soulmate which makes my braids soft and hair well-oiled. Coconut oil is also a good choice
7. I've come across a lot of people with bad odours coming from their braids (I've been guilty too). These smells are caused when sweat doesn't dry. My advice is to blow-dry or air-dry your braids after workouts and avoid up-dos which cause a build-up of sweat.
8. To prevent damaging your hairline while working out, put your hair in a loose ponytail or better yet use a hairnet.
9. It's advisable to wash your braids twice a week if you intend to keep it longer than a month. I usually don't wear my braids for more than a month (props of doing your own hair) so I usually skip this step.
10. Try not to wear your braids for longer than 6 weeks so as to avoid tangles in the hair which could then lead to hair loss.
For more tips check out Breanna's video, which I found very insightful.
Now onto you, how do you care for your braids?