Hair and Beauty: 5 things you shouldn’t do when you braid or fix your hair
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Hair and Beauty: 5 things you shouldn’t do when you braid or fix your hair

Ezinne Osuagwu

A lot of women, (Including myself) wear their weaves for long periods because we are trying to grow out our hair faster, and even though put hairs are said to grow an inch monthly, it does reduce the amount of stress on our hair and helps it grow, but when these weaves are on, there are some things we shouldn’t do that could have negative effects on our hair. Today we’ll highlight some of those guidelines to help you have a better #hairxprience.

Don’t make your hair too tight: This is one fault of many hair dressers here in Nigeria, because they believe that if they don’t hold on tight enough, the hair will get rough on time. But honestly it’s but a small price to pay for the breakage you’ll experience when you take off your weave or braids. Also for politeness sake, some of us don’t even caution them when they hold on too tightly to our our hair, especially our edges. This is very important if you want to keep your hair in good condition.

Leave your edges out of it: It’s best to leave it out of all the drama, especially when you have sparse edges. They are very fragile and prone to breakage. The best advice I have gotten in years is to leave my edges out of the process. Life is easier that way.

Never leave them in for over three months: I really don’t get ladies who leave weaves and braids on for more than 3 months, that time frame is long enough and anything exceeding that isn’t exactly healthy for your hair. The hair sheds up to 200 strands daily, since your hair is braided up, the shedding hair has nowhere to go so it accumulates. Leaving your hair braided for more than three months means that you allow all of that hair that is shedding to mix with the hair that has not shed. What you are left with is a tangled and matted mess that can take hours to detangle. If the hair becomes too matted you may have to cut it! What’s the point of trying to grow it in the first place.

Completely detangle when you loose your hair: Make sure to detangle your hair before washing off after you detangle your hair because of the accumulated shedding, do not expect your conditioner to detangle it, because water to matted hair makes it tangle more. You should be able to get the comb through it from the root to the tip with no problem. When detangling, start with thin sections of hair. It may take a while but it is definitely worth it in the end.

Never relax if you plan on re-installing: If your hair is relaxed and you love to fix and braid frequently, try not to relax in-between braids or weaves. What I mean is when you take off a weave and you feel like refixing immediately, there’s no need relaxing your hair before the next fix, Because putting that chemical in your hair does make your hair more fragile and more prone to breakage and combining that with the friction that goes with it being braided can cause damage to your hair.

Hopefully, this will help someone out there who has been trying to figure out why their hair keeps getting damaged. Do you have any tips for us? Do share.

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