To Braid or Not to Braid, That is the Question

We face many dilemmas in life and some of them are directly related to our hair. When it is too hot out or we are headed to our dream South East Asian vacation, we need a quick fix for our hair, so we do not have to worry about styling it in extreme humidity.

As much as we love messy buns, they are not a feasible long-term solution.

The second thing that pops up in your mind when you have to put your hair up or away is probably braids.

Are they good or bad for your hair’s health?

This is a difficult question to answer, as it will largely depend on the type of braids, hair texture, and lifestyle of the person wearing them.

How long you intend on keeping your hair braided matters!

There are variable opinions regarding the maximum recommended period for optimum hair health. Most experts agree that you should not exceed 8 weeks without a break from braids.

If you have extremely strong moist locks, you should be safe for around 12 weeks.

Caution: If you experience repeated itchiness or scalp discomfort, chances are that either your braids are too tight, or they have collected too much dirt. This is a clear sign that you need to give yourself a rest and allow your hair some natural flow.

A Braid or Two Before Bed

Braiding your hair before bed will pay off, in terms of providing it with more structure and less pillow friction, which will minimize the frizz in the long run. It will also save you time in the morning by having a neat wavy look, instead of ten knots to untangle.

Prep the Right Way for Braids

Whether you are planning on getting box braids, a loose one before bed, or extensions braided into your own hair, there are a few tips that should make the process smoother.

  1. Make sure that your hair is clean, prior to braiding it (especially true for longer-term braiding solutions)
  • Dry your hair before stepping into the braiding process, as your locks are more fragile and prone to excess breakage when wet
  • Use a deep conditioner/oil and an anti-frizz product, prior to getting the braids, regardless of how long you intend on keeping them on for

Enjoy your new look! Braids are versatile and fun to incorporate in different updos.

Share your fav braid looks in our comments section!

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