Wherein Naomi goes over maintaining weave and taking it out, leaving the topic at rest.
How to keep your braids/ twists fresh and cute.
- Protect your hair with a headscarf at night, if you don’t have one already. Head scarfs, night caps, or soft t-shirts can all be used to protect your braids during the night. You want to do this because this prevents hairs from popping out from the braids and helps it look fresh in the morning. Even if you don’t have weave, getting a headscarf is essential for maintaining hairstyles in general.
- Avoid constant updos because it places too much tension on your hair and your edges. I’m not saying that if you wear one ponytail that you’ll turn into Naomi Campbell overnight, but give your hair a break. If you had an updo all week, leave it down occasionally to release tension. Speaking of that…
- Redo your edges to make it last and release some tension on your edges. This is a nice trick to know because your baby hairs are very thin and fragile, so they are the first to break. Releasing some tension keeps the hairs intact and keep them looking fresh. This extends the time your edges last, you must remember this one thing…
- Don’t leave them in for longer than two months. So the recommended time is 2 months, maximum. However, there’s a difference between how long you should wear box braids, and how long you could wear box braids. For those that really want to get their $100 worth, I can this: yes, you can wear it more than two months. However, you run the risk of having your hair get really matted and tangled, which means spending more time detangling that mess after you take them down. Basically: Sure, you could wear it more than two months, but is it really worth it?
Taking it Down
So after a long two months you’ve decided enough time passed to take your down your extensions. You’re looking forward to the new growth and seeing your old hair. But what about them horror stories about how people lost all their new growth by doing it improperly? Worry not, this guide will give you a fool proof plan of how to do it.
I know that you might be super excited to do it now, but wait! First off, you should clear your schedule so you have at least an afternoon, maybe even a day to un-braid your weave. Please take into consideration how small your braids/twists are, because that can make the difference between 2 hours and 2 days.
Secondly, make sure you have something to watch while you’re doing this, because this job takes patience, patience, and more patience. After your hair has been left untouched, uncombed and untangles for two months, you’re gonna deal with knots. Many knots. This guide will help you to diminish that.
- Spray Bottle
- Natural Oils, like Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, or Vitamin E Oil
- Sharp pair of scissors
Prepping Your Hair
- Prep your hair with Natural Oils before removing the braids. The oils will help lubricate the hair and make them slip off easier.
- Cut the extensions up to where your real hair reaches. This helps unravel the braid and saves time because you don’t have to un-braid the very ends of the extensions. I like leaving an inch or two after my hair ends so I don’t risk cutting off my real hair.
- Spray your hair with hair conditioner to make the hair more slippery and to start softening the hair that’s been un-brushed for 2 months.
Un-braiding the Extensions
- Work in sections to avoid some of the hassle and to make it less overwhelming. Divide your weave in 4 parts, and start unraveling the braids starting from the bottom up. This is the time where you turn on the TV and start that show marathon, because this is going to take patience. Rushing will only result in having more tangles and more work to do.
- Use a couple of spritz from the spray bottle to loosen any tough tangles you come across. It doesn’t have to be soaking wet, but a little moisture goes a long way.
- Enlist Some Help to assist you in un-braiding your hair. Ask a patient person because having someone creating more tangles in your already tangled hair would not help.
De-Tangling Your Hair
Say hello to your new growth! But before you grab a comb and start to untangle it, listen to these few tips first!
One Interesting Fact: Hair sheds at an average rate of 50-150 strands every day. Chances arr you’ve had your extension for at least a couple of weeks or so. Therefore after you take it off, you can expect a lot of shedding and hair falling off. And that’s okay! If you de-tangle carefully, you can reduce the amount of hair you will lose.
- You’re hair has most likely matted after the long period of having weave, so instead of grabbing a comb and hacking away at it, it’s better to de-tangle your hair using your fingers instead. Start from the bottom-up, and try to take off some of the extension hair that may be tangles into your hair.
- You can get a wide-tooth comb after you’ve finger-detangled your hair Separate your hair into parts, and begin combing from the bottom up until that section is de-tangle. Use a spritz of conditioner and oil so you can soften your hair.
- After you’ve completely de-tangled your hair, you can shampoo, deep-condition, and style as you like!
Congratulations! You have (hopefully) survived with most your hair intact and now you can appreciate your new hair growth and style it however you like! Do you have any tips to give that I might have left out or anything you might want to say? Tell me in the comments!