How To Prepare Your Hair For Box Braids
Your Guide To Prepare Your Hair For Box Braids
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! 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.
What Are Box Braids & Why Are Box Braids A Protective Style?
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.
Picking Your Favorite 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. Check out our Pinterest Board.
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.
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.
Choosing The Right Hairstylist
Box braids take four to ten hours to complete and can cause permanent damage to your scalp if not properly installed. Take great care when you search for a braider. Braiders are often different from traditional hairstylists and may work from their home or as an assistant to a salon owner. Look for a professional who has at least three years of salon braiding experience, word-of-mouth references and is has a portfolio of work that doesn't look too tight!
Be prepared to walk away if you are afraid the braiding is too tight. Your hairline is worth it!
Detangling Your Hair Before You See Your Hair Stylist
Before your box braids are installed, thoroughly detangle with Kimberly Elise Naturals® Aloe Vera Conditioning Leave-in with Marshmallow Root. Your hair can rest tucked away in grape seed oil, shea butter, and coconut oil. Our detangling cream is formulated without paraffins, phthalates, petrolatum and drying alcohols, which can be drying for your hair over time. A deeply hydrating detangling cream is better suited for prepping your hair for box braids than an oil, which does not necessarily moisturize your hair.
At Your Appointment For Braids
Ask your braider to apply Alchemy 27 Hair & Scalp Elixir as she sections and braids your hair, in order to deliver potent essential oils and natural botanicals to your scalp and strands. She can apply 3-4 table spoons to a spray bottle mixed with water in order to easy apply the formula to your hair while braiding.
Don't neglect washing your hair with a clarifying shampoo while your wearing braids. If braids start to fray, you can use scissors to cut the flyaways or you can always get the braids in the front re-done for a refreshed look.
Follow these steps for a happy hair!
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