I know people always say your hair style is not really protective if you’re not caring for your hair underneath…
I agree with this, but how should I take care of my hair within individual braids? My main concern is keeping my hair neat so I can get my moneys worth!
Every time I have braids, there are some things I always do and things I never do.
I always tie it down at night or when at home to keep my hair looking fresh. (This means the scalp AND also my hair sticking out the braids.)
I usually never wash my hair while in braids. I feel like this the #1 way to messy hair, and I want to keep It looking neat for as long as possible! However, I recently tried it and it helped a lot with an itchy scalp. I was surprised that it did not make my hair messier, but I would only do this on braids at least 3 weeks old or older.
I don’t know if I’m allergic to the braiding hair or if my scalp is just sensitive but about a few days after my hair is braided, my scalp always gets VERY itchy and flaky. Does this happen to anyone else? I itch when I need too but I oil my scalp with light essential oils (olive oil, jojoba oil, etc) to alleviate this.
A few weeks in my scalp is actually very super dry (this is expected) and I actually put leave in conditioner on my scalp and new growth. This is what actually brings me relief, adding actual moisture to these areas.
I also always try to keep my edges moisturized with oil while I have my hair braided.
As far as a a “routine” goes, that’s all I do! Should I be doing more? Am I doing too much? I would love to hear your thoughts!
To read about my first time getting knotless braids, click here!