Summer Braid Hair Care

50080987aa07d4100c6bc09fb0fefeb6--braids-and-beads-commentWell, it’s that time of the year and many women are turning to braid and cornrow styles. tribal braidsThey are the most convenient way to keep your hair looking maintained and stylish in the summer heat. But even though this protective style is low maintenance, it still has to be MAINTENANCED. Protective styles should only stay in for a month at a time. 2 months maximum. Any longer than that and your new growth will stretch and damage. This completely negates the point of protective styling. In addition to this, your braided style will also need to be cleansed. Sweating,dust and dirt causes odor. Conditioning afterwards isn’t necessary.  Masks and conditioners tend to loosen braids because of their silken qualities. Conditioners will certainly affect the wear life span and often times will cut it in half. Use hydrating shampoos and oils sprays on braided hairstyles instead. I attached a video demonstrating the cleansing of a braided style below.

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Crochet Box Braids vs Traditional Box Braids

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I LOVE braids! They are so convenient and easy ! The part I hate is the process of getting them done. Sitting for hours. I’d always have to get them done on a day off. And usually the braider wasn’t professional at all. They’d over book,smoke cigarettes in your face. Take impromptu breaks. sometimes even have someone else start or finish you. On more than one occasion the braider that was assisting was not as good as the one I booked my appointment with. So I was pissed. When I found out about crochet braids,I HAD to learn how to put them in! And was it cost effective? I have never been a braider. I love to cut and color hair. That is my niche. But with the influx of calls and inquiries about braiding services I had to learn this skill.2X-TANTALIZING-TWIST-BRAID-22-Inch-Janet-Collection-Noir-Synthetic-Crochet-Braid03a64a2d710e73d3c15605b2ef00dc78

Crochet braids are completed by cornrowing your hair, and using a crochet needle to attach synthetic kanekelon hair (i.e. marley hair), pre-braided or twisted box braids and Senegalese twists, or even faux locs to the cornrows. Crochet braids, on the other hand, take an average of 2 hours to install, depending on the type of hair you are using and how voluminous you want your hair to be. You can achieve the same style and look as individual braids in half the time, with less effort and by yourself! Best of all, it takes less time to take down crochet braids than normal braids because all you have to do is cut off the extensions and unravel your cornrows.

BOX-BIG-BRAID-Zury-Synthetic-Crochet-BraidA pack of pre-looped or pre-braided box braids or twists from Freetress, Janet Collection, or Bobbi Boss range from $4.99 – $10.99. Depending on the size of your head and the thickness of your hair, you may use 4 – 7 packs of hair to complete your crochet braids. However, by changing up the braid pattern of your cornrows and creating bigger sections at the back of your hair, you can use less packs of hair and still achieve a full look. Installing long braids or twists may cost up to $150-$200 at the hair salon.  Yet, if you pay someone $30 to cornrow your hair or you do it yourself, and you buy 6 packs of hair worth $6.99 each, you will be spending a total of $71.94 on your hair.

Totally worth it !

Protective Hair Styling 101

Do your strands NEED A BREAK?

The bun or chignon is a protective style.

Protective hair styling keeps  hair  up and out of the way. Hair is not being worn loose.

Another protective style. Rhianna wearing the side braid. This is a very popular style right now.

Basically a style that you don’t have to comb & mess with daily. Can be worn on hair that is natural or permed (relaxed).

Gabby Union wearing a half a wig or a weave. This can also count as a protective style. hair is still tucked/braided away.

The ends hairs are tucked away &  hair is given a break from daily handling.

Solange wearing braids. Another protective style.

Try wearing a protective style for a few months if your hair is stressed or shedding.

Braid Care

First of all,I am not a braider.But I get my hair braided about twice a year.Usually during the summer months.I have been asked to do a blog on braids so I am drawing from my own experience.Also, I have talked to several braiders and I have done online research.

Senegalese twists that are curled at the ends.

Caring for braids is just as important as getting the latest style.Make sure that you sleep in a silk or satin scarf  at night to keep your braids neat.

Treat your scalp to an invigorating fingertip massage using scalp oil and sponge the braids themselves with a braid shampoo.Some braided styles should not be washed (such as corkscrew braids), ask your hair braiding stylist.

PLEASE DO NOT KEEP BRAIDS IN FOREVER!It’s unhealthy to keep your braided hairstyle for more than two months (black hair is more suited to keeping in braids for the maximum of two months due to its texture and natural oil levels).When braids  are removed, allow hair to rest first before getting a touch up.