How To Care For Your Hair in Braid Extensions

Many people are under the false impression that wearing braid extensions, makes, your hair grow. While they do not actually make your hair grow or make it grow faster, they can help retain more hair because they are a form of protective styling. Protective styling is anything that protects the ends of your hair and enables you to retain more hair.

However, if you neglect to care for your hair wearing braids can break your hair off as well.Without proper care, the extensions can actually be very drying to the hair, which in the long run causes breakage. Even though you may be wearing braids that does not mean the care for your real hair stops. You may go out and spend $150 on a braided do thinking you?re going to grow your hair but without providing the care your hair needs your efforts are pointless.

While wearing braids you should still:
Cleanse your hair- This can be done by either applying Seabreeze to the scalp or using diluted shampoo on the scalp.

Condition- Condition your hair by diluting your favorite conditioner with water, apply this to your hair, not your scalp. After allowing the conditioner to sit, rinse with cool water, and squeeze the water from your hair.

Moisturize– Use your own choice of oils to moisturize your scalp every day.

Caring for your in extensions

You can also try diluting apple cider vinegar in water, as it is an all natural conditioner and it fights buildup

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  1. steph says

    i am serioiusly stumped on how you should apply your oil moisturisers onto your hair and scalp after you’ve washed it so as to seal in moisture or just to add moisture to your dry hair every day. won’t you use tons of oil because your hair is soaking it in in some parts before it gets all over, ie, wasting what little i have. i haven’t tried yet for fear of this. won’t i waste even more if i try to put the opil on my scalp and hair when i have braids on because then it might all just be soaked into my braids and not my hair or my scalp?

    awaiting your response :)

    • Kanisha Parks says


      After I wash my hair, I remove the excess water from my hair with a microfiber hair towel or a t-shirt. I apply oil section by section. You simply pour a quarter size amount (or however much your hair needs depending on length/texture) into your hands and smooth it into the section. I use a wide tooth comb for even distribution. I have no problems with mess and a ton of oil isn’t necessary at all. When oiling the scalp, I use an applicator bottle like this one from Sally’s because it will keep the oil from pouring too much too fast. Naturally, your braids will soak up the oil but not until it has already penetrated the scalp. Massaging the oil into your scalp helps with this process. The oil will then work its way down the hair shaft, which is good for the rest of the hair.

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