Just install and leave for 4 weeks, right? Wrong. It’s true that braids as a protective style can be the most convenient and unburden some things. They save us precious time which would have been spent on styling hair. However, our scalp underneath needs care. You don’t need to maintain your protective style daily, but using the following products, will go a long way in ensuring that all is well in protective style-ville:
Oil will have you smooth sailing you through braiding season. Using an oil once a week on your scalp helps alleviate dryness and dandruff that results from braiding. Some oils also help heal bumps obtained from tight braiding. Suggested oils include: Avocado oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, argan oil among others. Massage these oils onto your scalp to stimulate blood vessels and watch your hair grow.
2. Braid Spray
Itchy, irritated scalp? No problem! There’s this thing called Braid Spray. It could easily be the best invention after sliced bread. It’s right up there with detachable heels and spanx. Braid spray helps calm down an itchy, fiery scalp. We all know we need this! There are tons of sprays on the market. Happy shopping!
3. Shea Butter
The importance of shea butter or shea-based products cannot be overemphasized. Apply raw shea butter to your scalp,roots and edges to condition and soften the hair. Softened hair allows edge control to work its magic by really laying the edges to perfection! At this point there’s nothing like ‘’Rough around the edges’’…Get it? Edges? Now soft? No? Ok.Moving on.
4. Aloe Vera Gel
If you’re like me when wearing braids, you probably embrace aloe vera gel like a long lost friend. You probably hug it and thank it for soothing your scalp and providing sweet sweet hydration and cooling your scalp after an itch swept through and ravaged it. Aloe vera gel helps get rid of dandruff, soothes an itchy scalp and helps with hair growth. Use aloe today!
If you have time and energy, you can shampoo your braids whenever you feel like they are in need of some good shampooing. This removes any dirt, sweat or dust that may be lurking in the braids. Plus your braids will smell divine!
When wearing braids, don’t take it as a time to neglect your hair underneath or the braids themselves. Give you braids the much needed tender love and care they deserve.