How to Keep Your Box Braids Looking Great



Box braids are a popular protective hairstyle that’s versatile and offers many styling options, making them the ideal braided hairstyle for many. While low maintenance, they still need to be cared for properly to prevent dryness, excessive shedding, and hair breakage. Here, we share tips on how to keep your box braids looking great:

  • Wash your braids regularly.
    Medium box braids or any size, tend to collect sweat and dust and produce build-up causing them to smell. While some people may dislike having to wash their braids, it’s necessary to maintain them. Wash your box braids with shampoo or co-wash your hair with conditioner only.
  • Avoid over-styling your hair.
    Although box braids are versatile hair styles, it’s important to avoid styling your braids too frequently. When you over-style your hair, you put extra pressure on the roots and edges. This leads to thinning and even hair breakage over time.
  • Do not leave braids in for too long.
    Unlike the knotless braid in Maryland which you can leave in for 2 to 3 months, box braids last only 4 to 6 weeks. Even though box braids are a protective style, you still need to take them out to avoid hair shedding, thinning, and damage.
  • Moisturize your scalp.
    Moisturize your scalp with a spray bottle to lock in moisture and prevent a dry, itchy scalp. Moreover, protect your braids while sleeping by keeping your hair in a satin or silk scalp or using silk or stain pillowcases to prevent frizziness.

Stelly Bums is your go-to hair salon in Lanham, Maryland for natural-looking, beautiful braided hair. Contact us today to set an appointment.

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