Braids are one of the most popular styling options for Black hair. They are relatively low maintenance, they can be worn in a number of versatile ways and they can be a great protective style for women who are trying to get their hair in better shape. In order to reap the benefits of keeping your hair braided, make sure you take the proper steps to keep your braided hair healthy.
- Wait 3-4 weeks after a relaxer to get your hair braided; relaxers weaken Black hair and the stress of braids can cause it to break off at the root.
- Dry hair and itchy, flaky scalp are common amongst Black women, as our hair requires a lot of moisture. Prevent these woes by using a braid spray or lightweight oils daily.
- Braids should not be worn for more than 6-8 weeks.
- Too-tight braids can cause Black women to develop alopecia, which is a serious condition that is marked by hair loss and possible baldness.
- Trim your natural hair after taking your braids down.
- Black hair needs to be washed once a week; use a stocking cap while shampooing to protect your braids.
- Sleep with a satin bonnet or scarf, or on a silk or satin pillowcase; cotton can absorb oils from Black hair, leaving the ends of your braids brittle and dry.