Box braids are braids that are divided into small squared off parts and can be styled according to your desired test. These braids can be of any length, width, and color as you can add synthetic or natural hair. They are not attached to the scalp so they can be styled into ant style. Additionally, they help increase hair length, protect the hair from environmental damage and reduce excess breakage from heat.
It is important to know how to maintain box braid in order to rock them and have them for a long time. To assist you to learn how to take care of box braids you can buy a cosmetology mannequin head. Here is guide on how to maintain your box braids;
Wash your braids and scalp at a weekly basis. A cosmetology mannequin head will help you learn the best method to clean your braids. Cleaning the scalp is essential as a lot of dirt is accumulated during the day and may clog your pores. Always wash your braids from the scalp to the ends in vertical movement. Lastly, use hot oil treatment once your braid is dry to hydrate your scalp.
Our scalp and hair need regular moisturization just like any other living thing in the planet. The best moisture is water but if this is not enough you can get braid spray and fill it up with natural oils like almond oil, coconut oil, and castor oil. Moisture helps keep your braids neat and shiny.
Carefully dry your braids before braiding them. This helps avoid unpleasant scalp related issues like dandruff, mildew, and fungus. Drying your hair also prevents foul smelling braids.
Make sure you cover your braids box at night before sleeping. Covering your head helps prevent moisture from leaving your head and scalp. It also helps maintain your braids and avoid them getting frizzy. Additionally, release your hair before sleeping this can help your hairline and prevent it from weakening.
Do not overstay with your box braids. Braids should be kept for a maximum of 8-10 weeks and when you remove your braids give your hair a break of at least a week before moving on to the next style.
In conclusion, box braids are one of the best styles that last long and are never out of season. If you love your hair then do follow this advice and please get a cosmetology mannequin to practice on.