I’ve decided to braid my hair for the next couple of months, as I transition, to make the process a little bit easier. I used to wear braids all the time in college. They really helped my hair to grow a lot after I unintentionally Big Chopped after a horrible experience at a hair salon (don’t ask). The braids took 14 hours (because I did them myself), but I love them!
- Moisturize: When hair is in braids, it tends to lose moisture at a faster rate, making it easier to fall out or become damaged. To prevent your strands from becoming overly dry, spritz them with a store-bought braid spray or your own DIY moisturizing concoction.
- Keep Braids Clean: Rinse hair with diluted shampoo while in the shower every 10-14 days to keep braids looking fresh. Pay particular attention to your scalp. Gently massage your scalp to release any debris, and be careful not to tug on your hair too much. Avoid using too much product throughout the week, which can cause build-up or make your hair start to knot up at the roots as your new growth emerges. If you have overdone it with your product use or simply neglected your braids, it is often best to take out old braids and re-braid them to avoid damage.
- Protect Your Braids: Before you go to bed at night, cover your braids with a silk or satin scarf. This will prevent them from loosening and rubbing against harsh fibers as you sleep.