Is it Time To Separate- With Your Hair?
Getting a fresh set of Braids (or even doing your own) is always exciting.
They also give you a new look, they are fun and exciting, but best of all they protect our hair/prevent us from having to consistently do our hair.
Braids are a great protective hairstyle but taking them out can leave you with a massive challenge especially if you leave them in 10 or so weeks, braids extensions can lead to
Matting at the roots and a-lot of yucky build up.
So with that cautionary tale in the past lets look at some tell tale signs that its time to remove your protective style.
So How Long Should you Keep your Braids in ? The Real Answer is, it varies for each person. Let's talk about it!
WHAT YOU NEED TO REMOVE YOUR PROTECTIVE STYLE
- hydrating product (leave in)
- spray bottle
- deep conditioner
First things first, you'll need the right tools to make sure you aren't causing any additional damage to your hair. Natural hair is fragile and needs to be detangled carefully, which is why we recommend having a wide-tooth comb on hand like this one from Beautyluxers. This makes it easy to glide through the hair when its wet and detangle without ripping or tearing.
Alternatively, you can use a brush like the Tangle Teezer to detangle, which i personally prefer to combs or Denman brushes. It detangles without ripping and helps curls clump together, which is ideal for defining and stretching my curls.
Don’t Know When To Separate- With Your Hair?
HERE'S 6 SIGNS THAT IT'S TIME TO TAKE DOWN YOUR PROTECTIVE STYLE
This is an - SOS series list - as in, an excellent back pocket to know for when you just need signs that its time for removal- so here's our super short and sweet list:
- Your ends are snapping
- Your hair feels dry/matted
- You know longer feel good about the way the style look
- Your roots are tangled
- Not retaining moisture
- You can see lint and feel product build up
And, of course, if it's been longer than your stylist suggests, or your hair is giving off an odor.
MORE HAIR CARE FAVORITES
- How Often to use Hair Mousse (a fun and manageable way to care for your hair)
- Preparing For a Touch Up Appointment (the most efficient way to arrive for appointments)
- Protect your Braids at Night (major seal of approval here *mwah mwah*)
- How to Maintain your Braids (a use-whatever-you-have type of maintenance)
Ladies and gentleman, how do you know it’s time to take down your protective style? What signs do you look for when contemplating whether or not you should remove your protective style? Share your tips/signs in the comments below.
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