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.
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