While TV DivaGal likes to rock the natural, I am a braid girl at heart. They are so versatile (hello, updo!), easy to maintain and make going to the gym a whole lot easier. The downside? They can be drying to your hair.┬á Here’s three tips I follow to keep my hair moisturized and nourished.
Leave It In. While your braids shouldn’t stay in for longer than eight to 12 weeks (shorter if you are using synthetic hair), your conditioner should.┬á Skip the creamy conditioners you wash out ΓÇô they can cause the braids to loosen and slip out, and opt instead for a leave-in liquid one. I like Mizani D’Tangle Moisturizing Leave-In Milk. It actually has a slightly heavier consistency than most leave-in conditioners. Spray it on your own actual hair that’s been braided into the extension. You can also put a little on your hand and rub it down human hair extensions to give them a little boost. I like to use it after shampooing my hair and then sit under a hooded dryer to really let it seep in.
Get ‘Em Back. When a braid does make for an escape and slips out, I like to take that opportunity to give my natuarally kinky hair a boost before I plait it back in. I rub down my own hair with Beautiful Curls by Alaffia’s Shea Butter Leave-In/Dantangler cream before reattaching the extension. Since I tend to reuse the human hair extension that came out and it can be a bit lifeless, I rub it with Beautiful Curls’ Shea Butter Sculpting Wax, which helps retore its shape and makes it easier to braid back in.
Get Some Protein. When you do take your braids out, it is important to replenish your nautral hair with lots of protein. I like SoftSheen Carson’s Optimum Care Salon Collection Replenishing Shampoo and Fortifying Conditioner, which has protein built into its formula. My hair always feels stronger, softer and tangle-free after using the combination duo.