Let it go!

Spring and sum­mer are the per­fect sea­sons to re­lease your hair from win­ter’s pro­tec­tive styles. Here’s how to do it safely.

True Love Hair - - CONTENTS - By LER­ATO SEUOE

Our sim­ple yet ef­fec­tive tips on how to ditch a pro­tec­tive style, such as braids and twisted hair, with­out dam­ag­ing your nat­u­ral locks will help get you ready for a new sum­mer look. The style served you well through­out win­ter, of­fer­ing you ex­tra pro­tec­tion from the harsh weather. Now that the weather is hot, it’s time to change it up and add colour to your locks. But first, stylists share tips on the process of tak­ing down braids and twists with­out dam­ag­ing your own hair.

Be­fore tak­ing down your braids

Spritz braids with warm water. Then use a de­tan­gling spray to make the hair feel slip­pery and al­low your braids to come off eas­ily.

Start from the bot­tom up­wards. If the braids are longer than your nat­u­ral hair, you can cheat by cut­ting the bot­toms. But leave enough space for your hair – re­mem­ber, it’s now stretched and has prob­a­bly grown.

Trim the ends and use a comb to un­ravel the first few sec­tions of the braid. Ap­ply more de­tan­gling spray to fin­ger­tips and slowly un­ravel the braids. Once you’ve un­rav­elled them to the root, slowly re­move the ex­ten­sions and feel the hair breathe.

Af­ter tak­ing down the braids

Use a de­tan­gling spray if the hair has de­vel­oped knots and leave it on the hair for 10 min­utes.

Take your time and use your fin­gers to split tan­gled hair.

Fin­ger comb your hair as much as pos­si­ble be­fore us­ing a wide-tooth comb.

Comb your hair from the tip to the root.

Wash the hair us­ing a hy­drat­ing sham­poo and then con­di­tion it.

In­vest in a hy­drat­ing scalp treat­ment to nour­ish your hair and scalp.

Stay on trend

For the fash­ion-for­ward women who love a bit of colour, the Dar­ling One Mil­lion Braid Sor­bet om­bré range will add funk to your look and give you that youth­ful con­fi­dence for a fun day out. The range con­sists of aqua blue, pink pur­ple, lilac, soft pink, blue and pur­ple, and, for those who don’t want the drama, om­bré. Th­ese ex­ten­sions can be styled in long twists, box braids or updo’s. Now you can look for­ward to get­ting a new hairdo, know­ing that your hair is well looked af­ter.

How long should I wait for my next hair­style?

Two weeks is the rec­om­mended wait­ing pe­riod to en­sure that the hair has a good breather – that’s if the scalp did not ex­pe­ri­ence any ir­ri­ta­tion dur­ing the process of tak­ing down your braids.

Four weeks is rec­om­mended if you ex­pe­ri­enced hair break­age while tak­ing down your braids.

You can only re­sume braid­ing when your hair has fully re­cov­ered and is in a healthy state. This can hap­pen only if your hair and scalp are given proper at­ten­tion by cleans­ing, con­di­tion­ing and nour­ish­ing both reg­u­larly.

How long should I wear a pro­tec­tive hair­style for?

Each style has dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics. Some styles last longer than oth­ers. For ex­am­ple, you can leave braids and twisted styles in for up to eight weeks.

Dur­ing this time your own hair and scalp health re­mains a pri­or­ity. Now that you’re ready for a new style, try th­ese prod­ucts:

1. Dar­ling Su­per Star HairEx­ten­sions 2 Pieces R56 2. Mehndi Oil R213. Sta-Sof-Fro Braid OilMois­tur­is­ing Spray R294. Afri True Sooth­ing BraidSpray R205. Easy Waves Anti-Frizz OilSheen SprayR18,99 6. Dark and Lovely BraidSpray R407. Sen­sa­tion­nel X-Pres­sionPre­mium Ul­tra Braid R45

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