Wherein Naomi goes into how to maintain box braids and keep that itchy dandruff feeling at bay.
Hello my lovely group of followers!
Box braids, twists and other types of extension looks really cute on people, and happens to be a perfect neck-warmer for the colder months. However, if you don’t know how to maintain it, they can quickly become your worst nightmare.
Let’s continue on topics of weeks I discussed yesterday, shall we? We covered on preparing your hair for weave and tips on how to braid them in Part 1. Now we’re going on how to actually maintain extensions without losing hair or having powdery dandruff.
Keeping your hair moisturized is honestly such a huge issue when having weave. When I had my braids, I did the super smart choice of aggressively ignoring my hair until I was itching my scalp like crazy because of dandruff. Follow these tips carefully so you can avoid that.
- Spritz your hair every day with a mixture of water and a few drops of oil or your favorite conditioner. My favorite oil to mix in is tea tree oil because it helps prevent dandruff, and it’s light enough not to clog my pores. Or, if you want to use a conditioner, I would suggest using one that’s very light. Remember, save the heavy products for when you wash your hair.
- Use sealing oil every week or so to keep your hair moisturized. You can use oils like:
- Coconut Oil
- Argan Oil
- Light Olive Oil
- Speaking about the above, I would avoid unnatural, heavy products like black castor oil because it would clog up your pores
- Invest in tea tree oil to avoid the build-up of dandruff. I swear by this oil, it’s like a moisturizing conditioner and an anti-dandruff shampoo all in one.
Yes, girl. Eventually you’re going to have to get your shampoo bottle and wash that weave. Is it impossible? No, but it does demand at least an hour of your time, so I would suggest freeing up your schedule and making some time for this.
- Wash your weave every two weeks. Yes, I said every two weeks. I’m looking at you, the girl that hasn’t washed her hair for the past month…oh shit, I was looking into the mirror. Anyway, if oils and products begin accumulating on your hair, it can clog your pores. You know what happens when you have clogged pores? Your hair follicles won’t grow out of them. To avoid that, it’s best to shampoo it every other week.
- Wash your weave in the morning so it can dry properly. If it doesn’t it can develop mildew. Trust me, it doesn’t smell good and it’s sort of a pain to remove.
For washing your hair, you need these couple of things:
- Two Spray Bottles
- Cleansing Shampoo
- Deep Conditioner
How to Wash Weave
- Dilute the Shampoo and Conditioner because washing pure shampoo out of your braids might take a more time and work. This is when you get your spray bottles and fill both of them half-way with water. Then, you add a few dollops of your shampoo to one bottle and dollops of your conditioner to the other bottle.
- Focus on Spraying Shampoo to Your Scalp. That’s where all the sweat, oil and other product build-up comes from: your scalp. Get your diluted shampoo and begin spraying it on your hair, especially your scalp. Take some time to massage it in your scalp, and take time to squeeze it through as well.
- Spray some shampoo on your ends. Once you’ve thoroughly applies shampoo to all your scalp, you can begin spraying some on your ends. Lightly mist the rest of your hair, squeezing a little so the mixture can really seep through. Remember, it’ll just run down your hair anyway, so no need to stress out about it!
- Rinse the shampoo from your hair diligently and make sure to get all the excess mixture out. You may notice that you hair feels incredibly heavy right about now, from all the excess water it absorbed. It’s easier to hold your hair in your hands so it doesn’t pull your head down. To avoid mildew, I would suggest washing your hair with cold water.
- Condition you hair withe the diluted conditioner. Depending on the conditioner, you should leave it in from 5-10 minutes, so that it can condition your hair. Then rinse.
- Remove Excess Water by wringing out your hair and squeezing it at first. Then wrap a towel around your hair, keeping it there for roughly 30 minutes or so, however long it is for it to feel remotely dry. Then, let the rest of the hair air-dry throughout the day by sitting in the sun or the outdoors.
You’re done! Well, while you’re done with washing your hair, there’s the last part of this post about maintaining your hair and taking weave off efficiently that’s coming out tomorrow! If you have anything you want to add or any questions, tell me in the comments below!
If you missed part 1, you can find it here.