7 Laws To Keep Your Summer Braids Fresh & Healthy
Summer, summer, summertime. Time to sit back and unwind. It’s the summertime and the heat is not your hair’s friend. There is nothing like an easy, yet beautiful protective style for these hot months. Braids in the summer are a natural girl’s friend, and a relaxed girl’s best friend! If done properly and cared for correctly you can rock a healthy braid style all summer long, and barely have to lift a finger!
Know Your Hair Texture
According to celebrity natural hairstylist, Felicia Leatherwood, “The best hair type for braids is hair that is full and thick, so that the hair can support the braids you will be wearing. Hair that is fine, fragile, thin and damaged should avoid any hairstyle that would put weight on your hair or hairline and cause traction alopecia—a form of balding from tugging or putting tension on hair.” Take some time to evaluate if your hair is strong enough to withstand a head full of braids. Don’t underestimate them, they are heavy!
The Right Salon
The WRONG salon can have your hair looking jacked, and have your real hair looking hacked (off, that is). Braiding hair may seem like an easy task to some, but trust me, if you intend to wear this style for an extended period of time you will definitely want to only leave this up to a professional. The last thing you want is to come out of there with braids that unravel in a few days and hair that is falling out at the scalp from too much pressure.
There are so many types of hair textures and colors that you can get for your extensions and braids. It is important to find one that not only matches your hair for a natural look, but that is quality. Human hair is best for braids for several reasons. It looks the most natural and can be dyed whatever color you desire. Natural hair also doesn’t dry out as quickly, can be washed and blow-dried, and overall just keeps its natural sheen and appearance much longer than synthetic hair. Synthetic hair over the course of a long period of time will begin to dry out your natural hair, and could lead to major damage and breakage.
Here’s a tip: Wash your extensions before you install them. This will be the true test of quality and texture. Once you’ve washed the hair you will know if it is good enough quality to put in your head.
Wash Your Hair
It is important that your hair and scalp continue to get washed, even after the installation. Try diluting your normal shampoo with water and apply the shampoo to the scalp. Focus on massaging the roots and scalp of the head and hair. Be sure to rinse thoroughly. Avoid rubbing too much on the actual braids themselves. This will keep them from looking “roughed up.”