|Small box braids|
If you are not fortunate enough to have the time or skills to braid your own hair extensions, then paying a professional braider can cost you hundreds of dollars. Sure you can get someone to braid your hair for $50 dollars but in order to get a quality service that will last, that will cost you over a hundred dollars. No complaint here about the prices as long as the style looks good, doesn't harm your hair and it lasts for at least 10 weeks.
So you have just paid $150 for a beautiful set of kinky twist extensions, your braider instructs you to wait a week or two before you wash your braids. Some braiders tell their clients not to wash their hair at all while wearing the extensions, and that is a huge mistake. The same way your body needs to be cleansed regularly, your scalp also needs to be cleansed on a regular basis. Daily your scalp accumulates, salty sweat, pollutants from the air and cars, dead skin cells, sebum and germs from your hands touching your hair throughout the course of a day. Now you have several good reasons to clean your hair on a weekly basis.
Never sacrifice keeping a style for the health of your hair.
---Ms Vee's Natural hair rules
So what does one do?
How do you take care of your hair but get your moneys worth out of an extension style?
3 ways to cleanse your braid extensions:
Apple cider vinegar wash
|Braggs ACV is the best but any organic will work|
Braggs organic apple cider vinegar
one gallon of spring water
1 large cup
1 water bottle
Mix 1/2 cup of ACV with 1 cup of filtered or bottled water. Put the ACV wash in a spray bottle, spray wash over your scalp and gently massage wash into your scalp. Allow the ACV wash to sit for 3 minutes, then using the large cup pour spring water over your braids to remove the vinegar wash.
This works to keep your scalp clean and properly PH balanced. Although water is used, the water pressure is very low from you pouring the water over your hair, than submerging your braids under water running from the shower or sink. The pressure from the water plays a big part in lifting your braid extensions prematurely. Using a ACV wash once per week will work to replace shampooing but after 3 weeks it is recommended to go ahead and shampoo gently.
Diluted shampoo wash
|Is it shampoo time again?|
a non sulfate shampoo
one gallon of spring water.
Mix 1/2 shampoo with 1/2 water (you decide how much) in a water bottle. Apply diluted shampoo to scalp and gently massage through the braids, then take a large cup of spring water and rinse hair over sink. to remove shampoo.
This modified shampoo method can be used for the whole duration of your braided style. Once you have applied oils and leave in conditioner tie hair down asap, so it will dry with less frizz.
|ORS Herbal Cleanse|
Use ORS Herbal cleanse:
You can find this product at most beauty supply stores and drug stores, it is by Organic Root Stimulator. This is a dry shampoo in the form of a gel, so it is not messy. It is easy to apply straight from the bottle. Just apply to your scalp massage in gently and proceed with the manufacturers instructions located on the bottle. No water or rinsing is necessary with this product. You scalp will tingle and feel alive when you finish. It does not dry your scalp out and has PH balance of 6. This is a product I have used for many, many years. One bottle should last the duration of your extension style, if you use it no more than twice a week.
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