With the increased heat and dust we’re experiencing in Kampala, taking extra care of your hair is extremely vital. Braids are trending at the moment, and are an ideal protective style for both relaxed and natural hair. Whether with cornrows, box braids, dreadlocks or twists, keeping them clean should be a no-brainer. It’s recommended, that braids be washed once a week and moisturised twice. I’ve had my braids for close to a month now. I try to wash them every week, depending on my schedule. My Facebook page is filled with several hair care tips shared from several pages…
I prefer to wash my braids on Sundays, and lay back under the sun with a good book as they dry.
Tag along, as I take you through my fun and easy steps when washing your box braids or twists. I guess this works for cornrows and dreadlocks too. All you will need is;
- Shampoo and Conditioner
- An applicator bottle
- A leave-in
Today I used my Olive Oil Shampoo, which I have been using for the past few months. I still have not found the matching conditioner I love, which is Olive Oil conditioner.
Step One- Shampooing
Dilute your shampoo in an applicator bottle with a bit of water (this will make applying it to your scalp easier as well as rinsing the lather out.) Wet through all your hair with water, and then spay the mixture into scalp. Gently rub your scalp using the pads of your fingers making sure the shampoo gets onto the length of your braids. What’s key is to focus on the scalp instead of the braids. They will be cleaned when the shampoo is washed out. Repeat twice or thrice, depending on how itchy your scalp is, then thoroughly rinse out with warm water.
Step Two- Conditioning
At this point, you would add your conditioner, simply by applying a generous amount of conditioner to hair. Do this all over the head-don’t leave out any spots and begin to gently massage into your scalp. Gather your braids on top of your head into a loose bun and cover with a shower cap allowing them to sit for about 15 minutes. You can opt to sit under a hooded dryer for deeper conditioning. Rinse the conditioner out with warm water, thoroughly.
Step Three- Leave In
After you’ve rinsed out the conditioner from your hair, apply then massage a generous amount of leave in into all sections of your scalp. My two recommendations would be this amazing Cantu Shea butter or Tea tree leave in.
Step Four- Drying
Use a towel to wring out any excess water. If your braids are as long as mine, use a hooded dryer (or handheld dryer) till they are no longer dump and heavy. When wet, long braids can be heavy and we wouldn’t want this to strain our natural hair, so make sure you dry them quickly.
When my braids are completely dry, I usually moisturize this coconut oil. Many stylists swear by naturally derived oils to keep your hair moisturized while braided. Try natural oils like coconut oil and almond oil that work wonders when massaged into the scalp.
I trust you found this helpful for you next braids/twists wash day? Please point out any tips I left out. I would love some tips on which other oils are great for moisturising so please share by commenting below.