Boost your braid care

The rea­sons we love them and the best ways to treat them and your scalp.

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Why we love them and how to treat them well

1 Don’t braid too tightly

Some be­lieve that the tighter the plait, the longer it lasts. “Your hair is re­silient when you’re young,” says tri­chol­o­gist Crys­tal Styles. “But the more you braid tightly, the more your hair is ripped from its fol­li­cle. Over time it can be­come dor­mant. Good news: it can be re­versed if caught in time.” Keep your braids loose, close to the scalp and smooth down any yaways with hair oil or po­made.

2 Wash your hair o en

De­sign Es­sen­tials stylist Alicia Bai­ley ex­plains: “Wash your braids at least ev­ery two weeks, be­cause your scalp needs to be cleaned.” It can be quite an un­der­tak­ing, es­pe­cially if they’re long: wa­ter makes them heavy and they take a long time to dry, so en­sure you al­lo­cate enough time. Hair­by­susy’s Su­san Oludele, stylist to celebri­ties like Bey­oncé and Zoë Kravitz, ad­vises wash­ing braids in ver­ti­cal move­ments, from the scalp to the ends, to pre­vent frizz. Alicia adds, “Take care of them or they start to smell.”

3 Treat your scalp with sooth­ing prod­ucts

Braids can cause ir­ri­ta­tion, par­tic­u­larly when they’ve just been done. Ap­ply a hy­drat­ing cream or braid spray to soothe and calm the scalp. “Spray­ing braids daily will also keep your own hair hy­drated,” says Mizani hair­styl­ist Daryce Brown-wil­lis.

4 Don’t leave your braids in for too long

“As hair that sheds be­gins to ac­cu­mu­late, you’ll need to get rid of braids as this can add ex­tra stress on your own hair,” ex­plains Daryce. The ex­tra weight can also con­trib­ute to hair loss along your hair­line.

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