Braids, corn rows, twists, Bantu knots, weave ons etc are all protective styling that we cannot do without! They protect our hair from harsh elements like Sun exposure, wind, frequent combing, excessive heat from blow dryers, hair dryers, flat iron etc. Protective styling also speeds up hair growth since minimal breakage ideally should occur during the style wear.
Unfortunately the protective nature of these styles are forfeited by our lack of hair care during this style wear. We must care for the hair underneath the weave/braid in order to benefit from the low manipulative nature of the hair style & prevent hair breakage! Sadly most tips we get from our friends,sisters, mothers, hair stylists is not to wash the hair during braids or weave ons. This is a recipe for disaster, our delicate hair will simply break from lack of moisture, dandruff, debri build up & the hair will simple ” choke” from lack of cleansing.
Before you braid or weave, corn row, please assess your hair needs and address any breakage issues. Do not braid or weave if your hair is breaking, weeks of braids/ weave will only worsen the situation & the problem will still be there & will be worse off when you undo your braids/ weave. It is best to take some time to address the issue before confining your hair to a weave/ braids.
Before your stylist starts to braid/ weave your hair, you must do the following:
- Thoroughly shampoo & deep condition the hair.
- Detangle with a wide toothed seamless comb
- Apply a moisture based hair moisturiser & seal ends with oil.
- Blow dry on cool your hair roots,use heat protectant serum before hand.
- Braider/ weavologist should only deal with hair that has been shampooed, deep conditioned, moisturised & ends sealed
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1.Shampoo once a week. Use diluted shampoo with water, this can be transferred to an applicator squeeze bottle for easy use. Be gentle to avoid unravelling your braids.
2.Deep condition with heat once a week with diluted conditioner. Follow your normal conditioning regimen, moisture based conditioner most of the times, protein based twice or once a month.
3.Thoroughly rinse the hair.
4.Moisturise & seal ends of hair whenever possible. You can use a dryer on low settings to speed up the drying process.
DAILY BRAID CARE:
For daily care, dilute your leave in or hair moisturiser(e.g ORS HAIR LOTION) in a spritz bottle, spritz the hair, concentrate on your own hair ends, seal with oil. Do this morning & evening.
Do enjoy your braids!