Box Braids Styles
Box braids have been a long time staple in the black womans arsenal of hair styles.
I bet they've saved you a time or two before either in studying for exams, working out a lot or just not feeling like messing with your hair for a while (I know they have for me!).
There are a lot of reasons to love these braids. They look good, are easy to take care of, are low maintenance and they help your hair grow (a lot).
What You Should Know About This Braided Style
Here are some quick facts you should know before you schedule an appointment to get your braids installed.
- They take anywhere from 3-8 hours to put in depending on how big and long they are.
- They're moderately expensive to get at a salon but pretty easy to learn how to do at home.
- You can use human or synthetic hair to do them depending on how you want the finished style to look.
- Takes between 2-4 packs of hair depending on the size braids.
- You can leave the ends out or have them braided all the way down.
- They're very easy on the hair and to take out.
Braid Maintenance Tips
Use these tips to keep your hairstyle looking fresher longer and your own hair healthy underneath.
- Use braid spray and light oils daily to keep them moist and prevent an itchy scalp.
- If your hair is relaxed, wait 3-4 weeks and deep condition a few times before you get braids put in.
- Never wear braids longer than 6-8 weeks.
- Always trim your hair after you take the braids out.
- Don't wear supper tight braids. Traction alopecia is a serious problem and can destroy your hairline.
- Wash your hair once a week with a stocking cap over it to prevent fuzziness.
- Sleep with a silk or satin scarf tied around your braids at night to keep them smooth, frizz and lint free.