For many, braids are the best option because they are easy to maintain and last longer.
However, like any hairstyle, maintenance is key. Here are four easy tips to help keep your braids in tip-top condition.
Protect your hair at night
A silk headscarf or a satin pillowcase will help keep your braids from drying out and your edges fresher.
Keep your scalp moist
Your scalp should never be dry. To keep it moist, use natural oils like coconut oil or almond oil. To seal in moisture, try the Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil. You can use it to seal entire braid strands or just the ends.
Wash braids bi-weekly
Product build-up is common. To get rid of it, make sure you wash your braids now and again. Use a shampoo and conditioner or Sta-Sof-Fro Spray shampoo for braids.
Redo your edges after 4 to 6 weeks
On average, hair grows 1.30cm a month. This means, after four weeks, you will probably have new growth and the braids around your front hairline might need a redo.
Pro tip: When your hairline starts fading, remove the braids and let your scalp breathe for about two weeks before doing another protective style.
This article originally appeared on IOL.