This past summer I rocked waist length micro braids. The ease of it all helped me keep my braids in for two and half months. Usually braids that stay up that long could cause some serious damage to your tresses. But with my pre braid prep my hair was moist and without split ends when I took my braids out.
PRE BRAID PREP
· Moisturize Your Tresses
For 15-35 mins you should moisturize your hair with a deep penetrating moisturizer or a hot oil treatment. I recommend KENRA MOISTURIZING CONDITIONER or my DIY Coconut Bath ( 1/4 c coconut oil, 3/4 water, and 6 drops sweet orange essential drops.)
·Trim your ends.
There's nothing worse than removing your braids and realizing that all your new growth was for naught due to split end damage. If you keep you braids up longer than 8 weeks I recommend that you trim and deep condition after you take them down as well.
·Choose the right stylist.
You want a stylist much like myself that desires to see you with healthy hair. Too much tension or heavy hair can cause thinning in the hairline and throughout the scalp. Talk to your stylist about hair type and style options that are unique to your hair goals.
·Care for your braids.
Once your braids are installed you want to care for them much like you would your natural hair. At night wrap your braids in a silk or satin scarf or bonnet. After you have worn them for about three weeks I recommend Co Washing to reduce itchy scalp and smelly braids.
·Moisturize your scalp.
Use a light oil light coconut oil or jojoba oil to soothe your scalp after your co wash or as needed.
·Know your time limit.
Do not keep braids in past your hairs time frame. This will prevent unnecessary shedding, locking, and excessive split ends.
If you use my pre braid prep tips you are sure to have healthy luscious tresses when you remove your braids. And trust me, when you are able to transition into your next style without many issues. You'll be glad that you took the time and nurtured your hair. Happy braiding!
PI am just a girl who loves her job (owning and styling at HUC!) and is pretty good at explaining hair to other people.
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