Braid Extension Hair Care

I just got my hair done in twists and after spending a GRIP on it ( I cannot wait to graduate and go back home to the land of reasonable prices!), I will be leaving these in for a while.

For those of us that do take a break and/or use braid extensions as protective styles, what is your hair care "regimen"? I plan on using my leave-in spritz, hair milk and/or shea butter to moisturize, maybe coconut oil to seal and castor oil +peppermint oil for my edges.

Any suggestions?







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Last edited by Naptural9ja; 01-31-2009 at 10:37 AM.
I'm wearing braid extensions until June, getting them re-done every 6 weeks. I use Hair Milk to moisturize my hair and seal with castor oil while wearing braids. I cleanse my scalp and braids with a poo bar using a washcloth once a week. Hope that helps!
-Tai
I used this mixture and my twists were shiny and moisturized

1.5 cups water (I used distilled)
2 Tablespoons of Avacado Oil
4 Tablespoons of Honey
**Essential oils (optional) I used: 5 drops lavender, 7 drops rosemary, & 2 drops lemongrass

I used witch hazel in a spray bottle to clean my scalp with a washcloth

Last edited by Winona; 02-03-2009 at 08:04 AM. Reason: Came out weird :)
The way you care for your extensions varies. Are you using human hair or synthetic?
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The way you care for your extensions varies. Are you using human hair or synthetic?
Originally Posted by shawnette
Synthetic







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I just came off of using braids for over 5yrs straight. Lazy I know, but my hair NEVER broke off and grew alot to the point that I had to get a redo every 4-5 weeks. 6weeks was pushing it to the max. I always used synthetic hair as it was easier to style for me.

My routine was very basic.

1.) I washed EVERY week. The shampoo that I used was Infusium 23. I now know that I can make my own shampoo for less money and it will be better for my hair.... less chemicals and more of the good stuff that I needed for my hair to remain healthy.

2.) I oiled my hair every other day with a mixture of raw shea butter, extra virgin olive oil, raw coconut oil, lavender/tea tree essential oil.

3.) I never really played with my hair. Too much handling can cause pulling.

4.) Most important, I ALWAYS used the same person to braid my hair. she knew exactly how not to make the braids too tight as I told her how it felt. If they want your continued business, s/he will loosen up.

She was my braider for the entire time, I know that she made a lots of money off of my hair and from the subsequent referrals.
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That's a good suggestion, dimples!
I'm bumping this....

I just wanted to see what ppl who are currently wearing or recently wore braid extensions are doing with their routine. How you moisturize and how often you do it. How often do you poo/ DC you know regular stuff... Thanks in advance.
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One thing I can definately advise against are long extensions. One of my last "protective styles" were bra strap length braids, that I would often pull back into a big bun or wear it half up, the rest free flowing. Needless to say the weight of the hair starting messing with my edges, which is something I did not even consider until it happened. I would wash it once a week( and the hair weighed twice as much when wet), and massage EVOO on my scalp. As soon as I noticed that one of the braids on each side of my temple were starting to thin, snip, snip, chop chop goodbye long braids and hello big chop! And thankfully, the two thinned spots have blossomed healthy hair!
My advise:
-Get your hair professionally done, if you can manage
-Do not pull your braids back into tight ponytails or buns
-Long, heavy extensions will add constant weight and tug at your hair, which will be a no no for your edges
-Remember to care for your hair, maintain a clean scalp, rinse hair thoroughly of all residue from shampoos/conditioners
-Keep your scalp moisturized
-Do not keep braids in for over extended amounts of time.
-Deep condition your hair before and after wearing extended protective styles
While I have not had braids in a while, I loved the routine just for the simple fact that I did not have to detangle...

When I had braids, the first thing I did right after I got them, was wash them. The "rinse" or what every chemical they put on the kanekalon after production irritated my scalp. Once a week I'd:

Shampoo with a clarifying poo the first day (Pantene Crystal- do they still have this?, I think they call it purity now), then with a moisturizing poo or poo formulated for my dry scalp thereafter (KeraCare Dry & Itchy).

Moisturize with a tea based spritz;
3 cups water
2 tbs Hibiscus flower
1 tbs nettle leaves
2 tbs rosemary
2 tbs peppermint
1 tbs plantain leaves/powder
(tweak herbs to your liking)

Heat the water to a boil, turn off, add herbs, leave until lukewarm, strain, and put in a sally beauty spray bottle. I'd spray my scalp and hair. (kept this in the refrigerator)

Oil my scalp w/ concoction (would use QB MTCD now);
4 oz. extra virgin coconut oil
20 drops true lavender essential oil (lavandula angustifolia)
20 drops rosemary essential oil
10 drops tea tree oil or true cedar essential oil (Cedrus atlantica)

Last, put some oil on the braids.

I was afraid of using conditioners after shampooing because of the possibility of leaving some in the braid. Now, I would use one of the natural conditioner options available without a care (those with a thinner consistency compared to a deep mask - Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle, TreSemme Naturals, etc). I don't think I would use an overly creamy leave-in because I'd spritz throughout the week and braids hold on to residue like no other.
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Last edited by cocodej; 10-07-2011 at 11:37 AM.
Thanks ladies!
BC: June 16th 2010
TYPE: 4a/b; color treated, nml-high porosity; fine w/ med density
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i have a love/hate relationship with braids. my hair hates everything but leaving it alone. i get breakage from buns, breakage from braids regardless of diligent haircare practices.
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One thing I can definately advise against are long extensions. One of my last "protective styles" were bra strap length braids, that I would often pull back into a big bun or wear it half up, the rest free flowing. Needless to say the weight of the hair starting messing with my edges, which is something I did not even consider until it happened. I would wash it once a week( and the hair weighed twice as much when wet), and massage EVOO on my scalp. As soon as I noticed that one of the braids on each side of my temple were starting to thin, snip, snip, chop chop goodbye long braids and hello big chop! And thankfully, the two thinned spots have blossomed healthy hair!
My advise:
-Get your hair professionally done, if you can manage
-Do not pull your braids back into tight ponytails or buns
-Long, heavy extensions will add constant weight and tug at your hair, which will be a no no for your edges
-Remember to care for your hair, maintain a clean scalp, rinse hair thoroughly of all residue from shampoos/conditioners
-Keep your scalp moisturized
-Do not keep braids in for over extended amounts of time.
-Deep condition your hair before and after wearing extended protective styles
Originally Posted by NYCityKurl
One thing I can say about that is whenever I get braids I always make whoever does them leave my baby hairs out. It's less stress on the hairline and it doesn't make my hair look any less done, so it helps. I haven't had any troubles with my edges by doing thing, whether I leave in my braids for two weeks or two months.

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One thing I can definately advise against are long extensions. One of my last "protective styles" were bra strap length braids, that I would often pull back into a big bun or wear it half up, the rest free flowing. Needless to say the weight of the hair starting messing with my edges, which is something I did not even consider until it happened. I would wash it once a week( and the hair weighed twice as much when wet), and massage EVOO on my scalp. As soon as I noticed that one of the braids on each side of my temple were starting to thin, snip, snip, chop chop goodbye long braids and hello big chop! And thankfully, the two thinned spots have blossomed healthy hair!
My advise:
-Get your hair professionally done, if you can manage
-Do not pull your braids back into tight ponytails or buns
-Long, heavy extensions will add constant weight and tug at your hair, which will be a no no for your edges
-Remember to care for your hair, maintain a clean scalp, rinse hair thoroughly of all residue from shampoos/conditioners
-Keep your scalp moisturized
-Do not keep braids in for over extended amounts of time.
-Deep condition your hair before and after wearing extended protective styles
Originally Posted by NYCityKurl
One thing I can say about that is whenever I get braids I always make whoever does them leave my baby hairs out. It's less stress on the hairline and it doesn't make my hair look any less done, so it helps. I haven't had any troubles with my edges by doing thing, whether I leave in my braids for two weeks or two months.
Originally Posted by itsKelCeeEee
Same for me, I do my braids, have been for over 10yrs so I know exactly how to keep my edges intact.
BC: June 16th 2010
TYPE: 4a/b; color treated, nml-high porosity; fine w/ med density
Product Connoisseur

OMG my hair wets when water touches it!
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www.facebook.com/AshleyLolaKinkz

One thing I can definately advise against are long extensions. One of my last "protective styles" were bra strap length braids, that I would often pull back into a big bun or wear it half up, the rest free flowing. Needless to say the weight of the hair starting messing with my edges, which is something I did not even consider until it happened. I would wash it once a week( and the hair weighed twice as much when wet), and massage EVOO on my scalp. As soon as I noticed that one of the braids on each side of my temple were starting to thin, snip, snip, chop chop goodbye long braids and hello big chop! And thankfully, the two thinned spots have blossomed healthy hair!
My advise:
-Get your hair professionally done, if you can manage
-Do not pull your braids back into tight ponytails or buns
-Long, heavy extensions will add constant weight and tug at your hair, which will be a no no for your edges
-Remember to care for your hair, maintain a clean scalp, rinse hair thoroughly of all residue from shampoos/conditioners
-Keep your scalp moisturized
-Do not keep braids in for over extended amounts of time.
-Deep condition your hair before and after wearing extended protective styles
Originally Posted by NYCityKurl
One thing I can say about that is whenever I get braids I always make whoever does them leave my baby hairs out. It's less stress on the hairline and it doesn't make my hair look any less done, so it helps. I haven't had any troubles with my edges by doing thing, whether I leave in my braids for two weeks or two months.
Originally Posted by itsKelCeeEee
Same for me, I do my braids, have been for over 10yrs so I know exactly how to keep my edges intact.
Originally Posted by LolaKinkz
I also do my braids but without the extensions and it actually looks better and more natural. I'll post pics as soon as I find out how to.


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When I would get braids in the past I would get crazy build up at the base of the braids which cause breakage during take down so i thought braids were not for me until...I found this site. My hair never felt so strong and smooth after taking out those braids out. This technique was so simple. It's perfect for those who like simplicity or have problems with build up like I did. But you don't have to take my word for it! (Reading Rainbow)
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One thing I can definately advise against are long extensions. One of my last "protective styles" were bra strap length braids, that I would often pull back into a big bun or wear it half up, the rest free flowing. Needless to say the weight of the hair starting messing with my edges, which is something I did not even consider until it happened. I would wash it once a week( and the hair weighed twice as much when wet), and massage EVOO on my scalp.
My advise:
-Get your hair professionally done, if you can manage
-Do not pull your braids back into tight ponytails or buns
-Long, heavy extensions will add constant weight and tug at your hair, which will be a no no for your edges
-Remember to care for your hair, maintain a clean scalp, rinse hair thoroughly of all residue from shampoos/conditioners
-Keep your scalp moisturized
-Do not keep braids in for over extended amounts of time.
-Deep condition your hair before and after wearing extended protective styles
Originally Posted by NYCityKurl

When I wash my braids (or wet them in any way, like pools, rain etc), I place them up in a loose high bun. That way you can still get to the scalp to get rid of residue but the weight of the hair and water on the roots is lessened. I use Castor oil on my edges (not too heavy handed and I massage it in). And I sleep with my braids in the loose high bun to reduce the weight on my hair.

I also really like Shea Moisture's Coconut and Hibiscus hold and shine spray. I used it everyday on the braids I had in the spring. When I took down my braids, I had almost no build up, and my hair was moisturized/ not dried out or oily. I was pretty generous with it, and one bottle lasted like three weeks. (My braids were only a little past shoulder length.) And it smells great!
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