DIY: How To Care For Your Braids

You’ve heard it said before, braids are a protective hair style and if you braid your hair it will grow better and faster.

That’s true but only to a certain extent – if you don’t braid your hair in the right way you will lose hair!

When it comes to braids you need to keep the following things in mind:

Braiding your hair will lead to breakage if:

  • The braids are tiny
  • You neglect your hair while it’s in braids

To ensure your hair does grow when it is braided do the following:

  • Detangle your hair well before you go to the stylist as she will be less patient with detangling your hair for you; if your hair is all tangled she will break more of it than you would.
  • Deep condition your hair very thoroughly before braiding.Make sure you don’t put a large hair extension on a small patch of hair. The pulling impact could lead to breakage.
  • Plait your hair without using extensions, e.g. by doing corn rows or single plaits and twists with your own hair only.
  • If you do use extensions, consider corn rowing the hair on the front edge. It tends to be more prone to breakage.
  • Ensure you treat your hair just as well in braids as you do when it’s not. This means washing, deep conditioning, and moisturizing every 7 to 10 days.


  • Continue to spritz it with water twice daily. This will ensure that when you unbraid the hair it’s not dry and brittle.
  • When you take the braids out give your hair a break. I think two weeks is a decent enough time to assess the state of your hair before putting on a new set of braids.




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  1. omachona says:

    Reblogged this on Oma'sView.


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