Summer is here so bring out the braids! These protective hairstyles are great during extreme weather conditions and require very little maintenance, as compared to other hairstyles. Yes, you read that right, box braids have low maintenance, not no maintenance. It’s the only way to keep ‘em right. Let’s start by taking detailed notes on the right way around their wash routine.
1. The Prep
Washing your hair after you’ve got box braids is a whole different experience as compared to before getting them on. To wash your box braids, you would need a gentle cleanser. Pre-dilute some shampoo with water. Applicator bottles are great to aid this process. Follow these steps to maintain your braids.
2. Cleanse The Scalp
Concentrate your maximum efforts to clean your scalp. That’s where all the grime collects after all. Split the braids into sections and target one section at a time. Using your fingertips, massage little portions of shampoo onto your scalp as it will help you clean all the muck and regulate the blood flow, for a healthier scalp. Remember to not use too much or be too harsh on the roots as it may lead to frizzy hair later on.
3. Squeeze The Box Braids
Expert celebrity hair stylists recommend lightly washing the hair from your scalp to the end without rubbing them too much. Squeeze them instead. Make sure to squeeze the braids well around the scalp area, as there could still be residue build-up hidden. You do not have to go aggressively onto the tips of your braids as all the shampoo would trickle down anyway. Rinse your hair out well. Once you think you’re done and all the shampoo is out, rinse it one more time.
The last step here is to wring and squeeze out all the water, using a soft microfiber towel. Make sure that your braids do not pull your scalp causing damage, as water adds weight to the braids. It may take a couple of hours to dry them completely. You can use a blow-dryer to dry on cold setting, but only if your box braids take way too long to dry up completely.