05 Apr How I Take Care Of My Hair While I Have Braids In
Hi Everyone! If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter (you don’t? Follow me for daily doses of TheNicoleCode- @thenicolecode) you’d see that I’ve switched up my hair look and I’m currently rocking braids! I mentioned in an earlier post that I dyed my front hair about 6 times last year, and to be honest no matter how healthy or strong your hair is, and no matter how well you take care of it- it WILL break. Pretty much all the hair that was dyed has fallen out, leaving me with about 3 measly inches of new growth. My hair does pretty well when it is braided, and I wanted to leave my hair a little longer before relaxing it, so I decided to have my hair in braids for a bit.
Since I’m now officially on a Hair Journey, instead of just being grateful that I don’t have to bother with my hair for a few glorious weeks (like I usually do when I have braids in), I actually have a proper hair plan, and thought to share with you how exactly I’ve been taking care of my hair while it is braided.
I’ve been cleansing my scalp with good old Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. I know some people use methylated spirit, but the alcohol in it is TERRIBLE for your hair. The ACV gently lifts flakes and dirt from my scalp- this is important because hair cannot grow on a dirty scalp. I have to be honest, I have no plans to wash the braids because I’m only having them in for 5 weeks, and they are sooooooo long and heavy that it will be the most exhausting thing ever. So hopefully frequent cleaning would suffice.
I made my own braid spray because I’m trying to control every single thing that goes on my scalp now. Like I mentioned earlier, I have no plans on washing my hair- so using a moisturising spray is much better than using a heavy butter like Shea because then I’ll have less build up on my scalp. I made my spray with-
1 part Vegetable Glycerin
2 parts Aloe Vera Juice
3 Parts Water
5 drops of tea tree oil
I have been using a mix of Jojoba and Coconut Oil every night to seal in the moisture from my spray and encourage hair growth. I also use Red Pimento oil twice a week which I’ve mentioned HERE as one of my Hair Saviours.
I discovered this Edge Control gel at Ebeano and I absolutely love it. It keeps my edges looking neat (everyone knows about my out of control edges!!) but doesn’t make them look weird and stiff if you know what I mean.
Quick Tip- if your scalp starts to fall your hand by getting flaky (like mine), you can try using an old toothbrush to gently brush and lift the flakes. Attempting to use your fingers will get you absolutely nowhere.
And thats it! Do you like my new look? How do you take care of your hair in braids?
Let Me Know,
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