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How To Prepare Your Hair For Box Braids

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What Are Box Braids & Why Are They A Protective Style?

Box Braids are a timeless style in black hair care, and for good reason. They immediately give you length and allow for dozens of ‘dos. There's no need to pull out your heat styling tools and they can be worn for two to three months, depending on how you maintain them.

Box braids are individual sections of hair divided into squared-off parts, or “boxes.” The braid starts from the box, all the way down to the ends of your hair. It's common to add with synthetic hair for extra length. 

Box braids are a great style for spring and summer because they are low-maintenance and versatile.  

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How To Prepare Your Hair For Box Braids

Picking The Style

Are you going for big, chunky braids or micro-braids that are much thinner in size? What about the color of your braids? You can choose from your natural hair color to a variety of others.

Whatever look you’re going for, it is imperative that you share a picture of it with your hairstylist. You want to make sure she knows exactly what you want and can give you your desired look.

If you are picking out your own hair at a beauty supply store, consider consulting with your hairstylist. This way, the two of you can decide on a shade that will look best on you.

Choosing The Right Hairstylist

Box braids take four to ten hours or more to complete. Due to this, you have to find a hairstylist that is not only patient but familiar and experienced with gentle braiding. Make sure that she doesn't braid too tightly and be prepared to walk away if she does. Your hairline is worth it!

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While box braids are easy to maintain, it is important to plan ahead to properly care for your hair before getting your braids installed.

Although box braids are a protective style, if you aren’t careful, your hair can become dry and break! This guide will help you prevent breakage so that you can grow a healthy, beautiful head of hair.

1. Pree-poo Use a pre-shampoo treatment (also known as “pre-poo”) to moisturize and prepare your hair for manipulation and washing. As a pre-poo, I prefer coconut or castor oil.

 2. Cleanse Next, get in there and clean your scalp completely with Kimberly Elise Naturals® Aloe & Coconut Balancing Shampoo. This is critical.

3. Condition Follow with Kimberly Elise Naturals® Aloe & Coconut Moisturizing Conditioner a leave-in to make sure your hair is very moisturized. 

    4. Detangle Before you have your braids installed, you should thoroughly detangle with a product that uses minimal drying, harsh ingredients. Detangle with Kimberly Elise Naturals® Aloe Vera Conditioning Leave-in with Marshmallow Root so that your hair can rest tucked away in grapeseed oil, shea butter, and coconut oil.

    5. Strengthen Use a dime-sized amount of oil all over your hair to seal in the moisture.  

    Daily Maintenance For Box Braids

    Most mornings, you can get away with just a swipe of gel to your baby hairs and you're good to go.

    If braids start to fray, you can use scissors to cut the flyaways. To avoid cutting your natural hair, make sure you know where your hair ends inside of the braid. For flyaways that are too high up to cut, use gel to have them lay down with your hair.

    Lastly, if you find that your braids look a little tired, you can always get the braids in the front re-done for a more fresh look.

    Follow these steps for a happy, carefree protective style that you can depend on.

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