21:Blogtober: how I maintain my box braids

 If you’ve been following my blog from the beginning, thank you and you will also know that I have natural hair. I have written other posts about my natural hair on another blog I have. I will link them below.

  • How I damaged my natural hair, read HERE
  • How to know your natural hair is damaged, read HERE

After a summer of doing “the most” with my hair, I decided to give it a break in September. I opted for a long lasting protective style like the box braids pictured above. Today, I wanted to share how I maintain it. 

 I use this braid sheen as a shampoo and condition/ leave-in agent. When I have box braids I do not wash it with shampoo and water because it completely dries out my hair and it gets matted. Neither do I condition it the normal way. I just spray this braid sheen it and I’m good to go. I spray this in about 3-4 times a week.

Don’t think it’s gross that I don’t wash my hair, because this braid sheen does a really good job of removing dirt and build up especially in the roots of the hair.

Also not washing my hair keeps the braids more beat and long lasting.

 I also maintain my braids by taking care of my edges. If you’ve ever gotten any type of extensions, I’m sure you are aware of the effects the style have on ones edges and as someone with already thin edges, it’s imperative for me to take care of it especially when I have box braids.
For my edges, I use castor oil, rosemary oil and peppermint oil. According to research, these oils stimulate blood flow therefore promoting hair growth.

I apply this mixture 1-2 times a week. Although I would like to do it more, due to the fact that I don’t wash my hair, I don’t want to make my hair too greasy.

This 2 step maintenance process has been working really well for me. My hair still look fresh and smells clean and my edges are intact.

Do let me know if you want me to do more natural hair posts!! I’d love to.

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