Ways to Maintain Your Braids So They Last Longer

Avoid Frequent Hair Salon Visits

The time styling your hair is practically cut in half when you have African braids. This does not mean you should neglect them, though. Following these easy steps to maintain your braids will have your hair looking on fleek for longer!

Protect the braids at night.

Always wear a silk or satin scarf when you go to bed. This is important whether you have braids or not. The smooth texture of it will prevent the braids from frizzing and keep the edges looking fresh. If you find the scarves uncomfortable, try using a satin pillowcase for a similar type of protection.

Keep the scalp moist.

Use a leave-in conditioner at least 2 or 3 times a week. This will help prevent your hair from drying out and breaking. Water is the best thing for your hair, so make sure to spritz it every morning with a water-based solution with natural oils such as almond or coconut oil.

Wash your hair.

To avoid regular visits to the salon for hair twisting, wash your braids at least once every two weeks. The build-up of sweat and products used can be damaging to the hair. Thankfully, you do not need to hop in the shower and douse your braids with water if you do not want to. You can use dry shampoo or dry-wash your hair by dampening a washcloth with warm water and shampoo. Wipe the scalp down in sections.

Do not forget to redo your edges.

After a few weeks, your roots will grow out and time to freshen up the look. Rather than asking for a re-braiding at the hair salon, ask your braider to reinstall the braids along your hairline. If you do it yourself, take extra care to detangle and deep condition before re-doing the braids again.

Those above are a few easy steps you can follow to avoid regular visits to the local hair salon. For more tips and tricks, keep following Diamond African Hair Braiding LLC’s web page. If you want to ask us questions, contact our team in Detroit, MI at (313) 334-9085. We will be happy to help!