Box braids are one of the most popular protective hairstyles because they stay in for months at a time and require minimal upkeep during that time. However, there’s still some work to be done to keep them looking their best, which is why we put together this ultimate guide on how to care for box braids. Let’s take a look!
Part 1: Getting Started
Box braids are a great protective style because they don’t require as much maintenance as other types of braiding. However, there are still some things you can do to ensure your braids last the longest amount of time possible.
First, be sure that the person doing your box braid is using quality products. Not only will this ensure that your hair stays protected and moisturized, but it will also make it easier for them to braid your hair without any tangles or snarls. Second, keep your hair in a ponytail or bun when you’re not wearing your box braids so that it doesn’t get tangled up with anything else while you sleep.
Part 2: Styling Your Braid
Starting with a high ponytail, take the hair from the bottom of your ponytail and divide it in two. Take one section and start weaving it over the braid. You will do this until you reach the top of your head. Repeat with second section. Next, take both sections and tie them together with an elastic band. Starting at the end of your braid, wrap your hair around the base of your head and secure with a clip or pin. Repeat on opposite side until all hair is tucked in place.
Part 3: Keeping It Clean
When it comes time to wash your hair, you should use a clarifying shampoo or a cleanser designed specifically for braids. This will remove any buildup and residue that may have collected in your hair during the braiding process. One of the most important things you can do is avoid using a heavy conditioner that could weigh down your hair and make it difficult to untangle. Instead, choose a lightweight formula that moisturizes without weighing down your tresses.
Part 4: Grooming On The Go
Box braids are great for those who don’t have time to keep up with their hair. But, there are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to caring for your box braids on the go.
– Wear your hair in a bun, braid or ponytail during the day. This will reduce stress on the braids and prevent tangles from forming. – When you get out of the shower, gently shake and finger comb your hair before styling. Doing so will help loosen any knots that may have formed while sleeping or throughout the day.