' Natural hair is a treasure...a big hairy stubborn treasure'
First off, pardon my untamed edges!
I'm speaking to you today as someone who has discovered the holy grail! Or the lost treasure of *insert pirate name here* ! It hasn't been an easy one but I've finally come up with a way to keep my hair neat while it gets braided. Confused? You probably don't have natural hair! every natural will tell tales of the struggle involved with getting your hair to blend with the extensions being made and more importantly, getting it to stay that way for as long as possible! And funny enough, it's a really simple process!
I'm going to give you 5 tips that are ESSENTIAL to keeping your hair looking neat for as long as you possibly can!
- Never Braid Your Hair Dry or Wet. Confused? Don't be! All I mean is that your hair needs to be damp. Having your hair damp and stretched slightly saves you a lot of pain and helps your hair blend more efficiently with whatever extension you are using! How To Achieve This ? What I do is wash my hair the night before, make it into big twists (about 6-8) and wrap it. This helps your hair stretch out a little while still retaining most of the moisture due to the big twists.
- Keep It Stretched And Moisturised Till It's Braided. How? Don't let your hair dresser loosen all your twists at once! Leaving your hair in twists until each section needs to be braided helps your retain some of that moisture put in the night before (which can be topped off with a spray bottle)
- Focus On The Scalp and Roots. This goes two ways: The first has to do with your regular moisturising and the second with product build up. First off, I've found that when my hair is in braids, it responds very well to lighter oils, creams and the likes. This is key to maintenance because the more build up accrues at your roots, the more messy your hair looks and the harder it is to loosen the braids in the long run. My mum calls the gunk at the roots of braids 'butter' *GAG* . You can also wash your hair while in braids if the build up becomes unbearable! Just Do It!
- Wrap It Up. Yes, you have to scarf your braids at night! Who would have thought! So much for braids being low maintenance right? You only need to wrap to where your air reaches though, so that's not so bad, right? This keeps moisture in, keeps your hair neat and clean and helps you get a good night's sleep. I usually opt to pineapple my braids while I sleep and even on days I'm not going anywhere
- Let It Breathe.This sounds almost opposite to what I just said but yes girl! Let your hair BREATHE. Keep it wrapped for too many days during the week and you get that weird hair smell! ew!. Also letting your hair breathe reduces itching and lets your products absorb into your hair quicker. Can you say 'win win' ?
BONUS: Get yourself an amazing hair stylist that UNDERSTANDS your natural hair. If you can train the one you have, go right ahead. If not, I can share mine!
The amazing lady that does my hair has been at it for at least 6 years now. She has seen me through my relaxed days, my damaged days and now, my nappy days and has adjusted very well to my needs. Her Name is Miss Grace. Her numbers are:
Her shop is in BEFS Plaza ,Utako, opposite the Mountain Of Fire Church and Utako Market. It's the only red shop in the plaza so you can't miss it but I recommend you call in and make an appointment so you won't be disappointed. Tell her Annabelle sent you for some money off!
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