Braids are a great protective style. After all, what’s not to like? They’re stylish and quite versatile. Even with your hair braided, you’re sure to find a way to create prettier, more elaborate hairstyles with them. But ever wondered how to keep braids from frizzing after getting them done?
Benefits of getting braids done
A complex and versatile hair pattern, braids are created by interlacing two or more strands of flexible material, such as the human hair.
The practice of braiding dates back to the olden days, with proof of the craft existing as far back as 30,000 years ago.
Over the years, braids have grown popular for some reasons.
Protect the hair
Braids have some magic to them: They serve a protective purpose!
When your hair is in braids, it’s less prone to knotting and snagging on clothing or accessories.
Additionally, braids keep the ends of the hair tucked away and minimizes manipulation.
This manipulation can be constant touching or using things like heat styling appliances on the hair.
Braids also help the ends of our hair get a break from harsh weather conditions.
Braids are also incredibly versatile, with a variety of hairstyles you can be derived from them.
They’re easy to do, yet are very visually appealing – which is why women from all cultures still try their hands at braids.
Depending on how you take care of them, braids can last for several weeks.
That means they’re a great investment of money, as well as time.
You don’t have to frequent the salon every week, and you get to save some dollars at the same time!
Having said that, I personally wouldn’t recommend staying with braids for more than six weeks.
Having them longer for say more than eight weeks isn’t good for the health of your hair, as well as your scalp.
I think braids are quite stylish.
There are different colors of braids you can choose from.
You can also accessorize your braids using wooden beads, gold coils, braiding strings or pearls.
How to keep braids from frizzing
Sometimes, you may get braids done and they just end up looking frizzy after just a few days.
What could you be doing wrong? And how do you fix that?
There are various things you can do to ensure your braids don’t frizz up.
The most important thing is to be careful about how the braids are installed.
If you’re just getting your braids done, there are some things that you can do to make sure they’re free from frizz.
Avoid braiding your hair right after relaxing it
Hair relaxers help make the hair softer, which helps loosen your curls and make them straight and softer.
But, as you may already know, hair relaxers make the hair weaker as well.
If you want to braid your hair and you’ve just relaxed your hair, give it a few weeks before you have it braided.
This way, you can ensure that your hair is strong enough to take on being braided.
The new growth will also help provide some grip when you’re braiding the hair.
Freshly-relaxed hair won’t really give the feed-in braid a good grip.
Be mindful of your braiding technique
Braid your hair in neat, secure braids to ensure they stay in place.
Keep them tight on the roots, but not too tight that you end up pulling the scalp.
Practice braiding many times over before you actually decide to braid your hair.
This way, you can be sure that they’ll turn out beautiful, without being damaging to the hair.
Use products with a strong hold
Using the right products as you braid can determine whether you’ll be having frizzy braids the very next day!
You might want to consider using products that have a good hold on the hair as you braid it.
This will help prevent your braids from frizzing up.
Pomades or mousses are great options to consider.
It’d be great to use a lightweight product so you can avoid excessive build-up on your hair and scalp, too!
Apart from helping your strands stay in place, which ensures that your braids don’t get frizzy.
Pomades and mousses are very effective when you’re trying to tame stray hairs!
You can seamlessly incorporate these products during the braiding process!
It doesn’t hurt that they provide extra moisture, too.
Choose the best style for your hair
Depending on your hair type, the perfect braid for your hair may vary and differ.
Some people have hair suitable for thick and long braids; others are more fit for cornrows or box braids.
Before you even start braiding your hair, make sure to take this into consideration!
If, within a week or two, you already see frizz popping out of your braids, you may want to check out braid types like yarn braids or faux locs.
These types of braids are known to easily disguise stray hairs.
How to keep braids neat overnight
Wrapping your hair when you go to sleep at night is imperative.
Honestly, even people with braids should consider wrapping their hair with a satin bonnet right before going to bed.
This is one of the best ways you can protect your hair from friction when you’re tossing and turning at night – even when you don’t know it.
This tossing and turning in bed against the pillow results in your braids getting frizzy.
Just imagine: If you constantly have your open hair rubbing against the sheets, it’s inevitably going to get messed up and tangled together, right?
Well, in the same way, if you’re in braids, friction is sure to loosen the hair in some places, while also frizzing it up.
In case you don’t have a satin bonnet (or if you don’t like wrapping your braids), you can consider using a satin pillowcase.
With satin pillowcases, you won’t face the problem of having cotton sheets absorb your hair’s moisture.
Also, it helps minimize friction.
This isn’t quite as secure as wrapping your head with a satin bonnet, but this will definitely yield good results, still!
The main reason satin bonnets and pillowcases are recommended is that satin is a material that’s friendly to the hair.
Its smooth texture guards against friction and frizz.
Moreover, it also protects the roots of your hair from drying out.
It also helps to keep the edges of your braids looking neat and fresh.
How to maintain braids after installation
After the braids have been installed, they need some maintenance to keep frizz at bay.
The following are some pointers on how to maintain the new protective style and keep it clean.
Here’s what you need to do:
Change your hair routine
When you’re in braids you must have heard different advice from different people.
Don’t – and I mean absolutely don’t – neglect washing your hair, no matter what others tell you.
Even with your hair currently in braids, you should still wash it.
Not doing so will lead to the accumulation of dirt and oil in your hair and scalp.
But when you’ve decided to have your hair braided, you can’t treat it the way you used to treat your hair prior to braiding.
That means you have to switch up your hair routine to accommodate your new hairstyle.
For, instance you can’t wash your braids daily or several times a week.
Daily washes lead to drying and frizzing of braids.
Rather than washing the braids all the time, a good practice is to wash them every two weeks.
By doing this, you’re sure to keep your scalp healthy, clean, and free from foul odor – while minimizing frizz caused by frequent washing.
Wash your braids the right way
It’s important to wash your hair the right way if you want to protect it against fizz and flyaways.
Thus, you should be mindful of the way you wash your braids.
We wouldn’t want to ruin our braids while washing them, so make sure you don’t rub them in an up and down motion as you wash them.
If you do, you’re sure to end up with your braids so out of place!
It’s also better to squeeze your hair dry rather than rubbing it.
This ensures that the hair stays in shape throughout the washing process.
If you don’t fancy hopping in the shower, you may opt to use dry shampoo instead.
Another option is to wash your hair with a damp washcloth soaked in a mixture of water and shampoo.
There are also available cleansing treatments that you can try out for the scalp, so you can get all the gunk out.
It’s up to you to find which option works best for your hair… just remember to keep it clean!
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
Moisturizing your hair and your scalp is crucial all the time.
Braiding your hair doesn’t exempt you from this fact.
In fact, it’s all the more reason for you to moisturize!
Your braids need hydration – this allows them to stay healthy and free from frizz.
Moisturizing twice to thrice a week should probably do the trick.
You can opt to spritz some of your favorite leave-in conditioners, or better yet, apply misting oil daily to also help in keeping your braids in place!
Now, when we’re talking about moisturizing your hair, it’s essential that you stick with natural oils.
Braids have to be taken utmost care of, so you can’t just put whatever you get on your hair… and risk damaging it!
Naturally-derived oils are the way to go.
Usual staples, like coconut oil or almond oil, are best for braided hair.
Water is also a critical source of moisture, so give your hair some loving by spraying some water before locking in the moisture with the oils.
It’s always a good idea to mix a good natural oil, like almond oil, with water in a spray bottle, so you can spritz your hair daily with its much-needed source of hydration.
Take your braids out and let the hair breath
Braids are meant to be protective hairstyles, but they’re not meant to stay there forever! You can’t just decide to put your hair in braids and forget about them entirely—that’s not how it works. In fact, if you keep your braids on too long, you can risk damaging your hair even more, and even losing chunks of your hair upon removing your braids! You absolutely must know when it’s time to take your braids out.
The average time you can keep your braids on is around six to eight weeks. Any more than that and you might end up doing your hair a disservice, as they new growth can stretch your hair out and break it. This can also cause hair loss. So, mark your calendars and note what date to have your braids taken out!
Be gentle on your braids
Having your hair on a braid can open a myriad of options in terms of styling your hair. It can be very exciting, we know! But, you should still be cautious in putting your hair up in different styles. Over-styling your braids can lead to other problems, especially when they start putting too much pressure and pulling your hair.
Manipulating your braids too much may also cause them to loosen quickly. Rather than just being for style, braids are a protective kind of hairstyle. If you keep on moving them around, and twisting and turning them in different angles, you might end up ruining your hair rather than guarding it from damage.
Do regular touch-ups when braids start to loosen
A few weeks into your new braids, you might notice that they’ll start to loosen, especially in the front and back edges. This is perfectly normal, and not any reason to fret! However, you may feel that they’re ruining the look of your braids. A good way to address this is to do touch ups only on the loose parts; there’s really no need to have your braids redone completely.
What you can do is to re-braid only the visible braids—the ones present in the front and back edges. These braids along the hairline are relatively easy to re-braid, so you can do it yourself, or ask your stylist to do the touch up for you. It’s also a good practice to detangle and deep condition the parts you plan to re-braid.
As you can see, there are lots and lots of ways you can care for your braids. This beautiful, protective hairstyle certainly has a lot of uses—but it’s not without the need for maintenance. Thus, it’s always good to handle them with care.
Just follow everything explained in this article, and you’re sure to notice a difference in your braids—get ready for the healthier, shinier, and frizz-free braids coming your way!