Oh micro braids, how we love thee and loathe thee. Micro braids are mini, invisible braids that can be turned into various hairstyles. They are great because of their versatility but can be very hard to maintain. Maintenance of micro braids begins before you even put the braids in. Your hair should be as healthy as possible before getting micro braids. Try deep conditioning, oil treatments, and trimming your hair in order to make sure your hair is free from any damage. Once you and your hairstylist feel your hair is in the right condition, you should go shopping for the best possible hair extensions if you plan to use extensions. Human hair is advised since you will be conditioning the hair often. Micro braids can get expensive, but the last thing you want to do is cut any corners. Before putting in micro braids make sure hair is shampooed and conditioned well. A professional should put in your micro braids. We all have family members or friends that think they can do micro braids, but micro braids is a real art and takes a lot of time. Micro braids should be braided at a downward angle, not to the side or upward. This prevents any additional stress to your hair.
How do I care for micro braids once they’re in? Once your micro braids are in be sure to moisturize your hair, especially your edges with olive oil or castor oil. You can also spray in a leave in conditioner to make sure your hair stays well lubricated. This will help avoid hair thinning and breakage, especially around your edges. Avoid applying heat to your micro braids consistently with straightening and curling. You should also use a shampoo and conditioner regularly that is specifically for dry scalp and dandruff. You should do your first washing after two weeks, then every week thereafter. The longest micro braids should stay in is 4-6 weeks, but 4 weeks is advised. When removing micro braids, go back to your hair braiding professional. Removing micro braids is just as complicated as putting them in. Not only will this save you time, but it will also save your hair. You will avoid unnecessary breakage, hair tangling, and hair loss. After removing the braids, use some type of protein treatment and deep conditioner to restore hair strength and moisture. Again micro braids can be expensive and time consuming, but following these steps is necessary to avoid the devastation of hair loss.Some hair loss around the edges is common even if you do everything right so be VERY careful. If you really don’t think you can dedicate the time and money to maintain micro braids, try an alternative bigger braid or bigger twist. These options can often be just as versatile as micro braids when done correctly.