Box Braids: How to prepare your hair and care for your favorite cover


Box Braids have become much lighter in weight over the years.

There are various techniques, hair types, accessories …

The box braid installation may vary. There is a knotless, banded, entry and that's just to name a few but they are still the same classic style of protection regardless of season.

In addition to these things, there are also 5 Do's and Don's of Box Braids and how to treat itchy scalp when wearing Box Braids.

Scroll down for a knot-free box for braided video.

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The box braid installation may vary. You have now knotless drawers which is lighter in weight than traditional knot boxes.

There is no hair protruding from the scalp, and instead the root is flat and smooth. There is also one input technique, which means "adding braid to the client's natural hair as you go, as opposed to adding everything in the beginning," celebrity hairdresser Ursula Stephen.

Knotless drawers braid exposes more natural hair at the root, they also tend to get frizzier faster, which means they may not last as long as the traditional version.

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5 Do's and Don's # of Braid Extensions

It is generally believed that braid extensions help to "grow" hair, which may be partially true. Although they really are a fantastic protective style that will help you stay in length, here are 5 Do's and Don's # of Braid Extensions to remember:

SEE: Box Braid Tutorial

1. Braids do not "do" or "promote" hair growth instead they help with longitudinal direction. Every time you design and disappear there is a risk of crime. It just happens. When your hair is braided, you avoid the risk of mechanical breakage from manipulation. That is why braids are an amazing protective style.

Read more about protective styles

2. Wearing long-term braids (more than 4-6 weeks without touch-ups) can reduce length of retention. “Six weeks is the highest I would recommend [leaving in extensions], Says Natural Hairstylist Diane Bailey. For many, this is about the time the hair starts locking or feeding. Leaving them longer makes it difficult to confuse. It is also good to clean the hair and scalp thoroughly without prolonging to prevent infection and other conditions of the scalp.

3. For those with sensitive and thinner edges, you have a greater chance of experiencing traction salopecia or increased hair loss in these areas. It is best to avoid all the tightness and tightness in this area. This is a problem if you continuously wear braids back to back without any breaks. If you already have problems with thinner or delicate edges, braid extensions may not be the best for your hair.

Read: Oils best for regrowth of thinner edges

4. Keep them loose. During my last trip to the braiding salon, so many beautiful braided styles were created around me. But I couldn't help but notice that many of these women were victims of trapezoid alopecia. If you feel that your hair is being pulled too hard please ask your stylist to reduce the tension applied.

Read Prevent and Treat Alopecia (Hair Loss)

5. Small braids can cause thinner. I know they look beautiful but the small toned braids (micros) put a lot of tension on the hair. This does not mean you can never wear micro braids if you want, but constantly wearing them can lead to thinner hair rather than healthy longitudinal direction.

Also, it is not fun to take down all these little braids. Which if you don't have patience, micro braids may not be for you. For your protective styling to be advantageous, it must protect your hair and scalp from breakage. Otherwise, if you have a hard hair with your hair, all the length you kept can easily break off.

5 ways to beat itchy scalp with box braids

Itchy scalp is a common issue even more when wearing weaves or extensions.

Often you find yourself weaving pat, you itch all day and it just doesn't seem to let go. To relieve itching and make your protective styling experience more enjoyable, here are some tips:

Don't be afraid to wash your hair

Yes, overtime washing makes your braids look less fresh, but in the long run, the scalp will thank you. Your scalp is most often itchy due to product build-up, sweat and elements from the outside. Washing your hair gives you relief and makes the scalp easier to breathe. Dilute the shampoo to prevent residue in your braids.

On days when you choose not to use one strenuous on your scalp

Again, your scalp needs to be cleaned and if you don't feel like washing it at least go for a dry shampoo or exertion like witch hazel with aloe vera. This will help clean up debris and scalp build-up, making your scalp more comfortable. See other ways to clean the scalp without shampoo.

Don't pile on too much product

Although you definitely do not want to skip wetting your hair, you want to avoid putting too much product in the scalp as it can make itching even worse. Concentrate your efforts on moisturizing your hair by spraying with water or a water based product. Applying this to your scalp is not necessary. Especially if your scalp is already scratching your crazy stacking on more product is likely to do more harm than good.

Braid gloss or any of these 5 DIY sprays are perfect.

Use medicated products for dandruff and itchy scalp

Using products like Sulfur 8 Braid Spray should definitely relieve your scalp. It is not the best smelling product but it gets the job done. You can also try implementing shampoos like Head and Shoulders or Selson Blue Medicated Shampoo to really take control of a dandruff situation.

Understand the difference between dry scalp and dandruff

Know when it's time to call it ends

What woman does not think it is easy to get up and walk? Braids are a protective style that definitely makes your routine easier but in the end you need to be able to clean your hair and scalp thoroughly. After 1 1/2 to 2 months, it's definitely time to release that girl.

Read: 6 treatments to update your scalp

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