How to Wash Your Box Braids and Keep Them Looking Fresh
One of the biggest misconceptions about wearing protective styles is that you don't have to wash your hair. Well, that is just not true.
Box braids are one of the most convenient protective styles that you can wear. However, they can be damaging to your hair and scalp if you don't properly maintain them.
Washing your hair regularly in braids may sound strange, but it's vital to prevent buildup and scalp itchiness that often occurs from wearing this style.
Plus, if you go the entire 6 to 8 weeks wearing your braids (which is the recommended time to keep braids in) without washing your braids when you take them out your hair will be full of dirt, grime, and gunk.
And that is just . . .
I am going to share with you 7 steps on how to wash your box braids and still keep them looking fresh.
1. First wet all of your hair with water. If you prefer, you can spray your hair with a spray bottle to avoid having soaking wet hair as you start.
2. Next, get a clarifying shampoo. This is not the time to use a co-wash or a moisturizing shampoo.
If you don't get rid of this build-up it can cause your scalp to itch badly and flake excessively.
3. Apply the clarifying shampoo to your scalp. I'd suggest, using a spray bottle to apply the clarifying shampoo. If you want, you can mix it with a bit of water. This will make it easier to distribute.
Take the clarifying shampoo and gently work it into your scalp, using your fingertips (not your nails).
Don’t focus on applying the shampoo to the entire braid. Your goal here is to cleanse and refresh your scalp!
Repeat as needed but 1 wash may be enough.
Rinse thoroughly with water, while being sure to get your entire scalp and your braids wet.
Quench & Cleanse Shampoo (Step 1)
Quench & Repair Conditioner (Step 2)
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4. After shampooing your scalp, apply a moisturizing conditioner. The easiest way to condition your braids is to take the conditioner and mix it with a little water in a spray bottle.
Spray the conditioner on your braids and try to avoid your scalp.
Once the conditioner has been sprayed into your braids, use your fingers to rub it into your braids.
Allow it to sit for 10 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
5. Pat your hair dry. Use an old cotton t-shirt or a microfiber towel, to reduce frizz in your braids.