Braids

Many naturals use
braids(Senegalese, Havanna
Twists, Ghana Briads, e.t.c) as a
go-to protective style to grow
longer and stronger hair. I’ve had braids installed twice this year because I had exams and just needed to tuck my hair away x_x, so I decided to share a few tips I use in maintaining my hair and braids. It’s advisable to do a deep
condition first to ensure that your
hair and scalp are strong enough
to handle the tension and extra
weight of the braids. For my deep
condition, I used Shea Moisture
Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep
Treatment Masque mixed with
Extra Virgin Olive Oil and applied it
liberally to my hair after which I put
on a shower cap and let sit for 45
minutes, did my regular co-wash
using TreSemme Naturals
Conditioner.
While braiding, ensure you dont get
all of your edges braided or use
larger sections when braiding the
front to distribute some of the
tension along the edges to prevent
breakage. Also make sure the
braids are not too tight, although the hair dressers over here have a mind of their own. After getting the braids done, you could wash once every two weeks or once a week especially if you have a lot of product build-up from using greases, oils or special
products. I use my regular
shampoo and conditioner but I
squeeze the braids while washing
and conditioning to make sure the
products get into the braids and
work effectively.
While you have the braids on, it’s
important to remember you still
have to moisturise regularly, you
could use a braid spray or spritz
liquid moisturiser frequently. I use
a water and glycerine spritz daily
to moisturize, after which I apply
my own handmade mixture which
consist of shea butter, vitale
conditioner for natural hair and
Swiss Jardin Indian Hemp hair
cream. I also use Organic Root Stimulator Olive Edge Control to smoothen out my edges and keep it in check.
To purchase products in Nigeria,
visit Olori’s for a wide
range of products.
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