1 Simple Way You Can Limit Breakage While Wearing Box Braid Extensions

box braidsSo there is a box braid fever going around if you had not noticed. We aren’t surprised at the popularity because box braids can make a super cute protective style, and they are great fuss free Summer style as well.

If you are getting the box braid itch but you are worried that your strands may be too fine to stand up to the weight from the extensions, we just might have the answer you are looking for.

We came across a video of YouTuber Vannie3000 installing her box braid extensions on her two strand twists and we thought she had a brilliant idea.

We have often hinted at the importance of ensuring that you get the size and tension of your braids right to reduce any chance of breakage.

This is of utmost importance if your hair is fine but also applies for all hair types. Braiding with hair extensions can weigh heavily on your hair when it hangs. In addition to this, if your braids are being whipped by the wind the effect is greater and your hair will have to support that weight.

We know that our hair is stronger when packed together, so if like Vannie3000 you install two-strand twists before installing your box braids, you will be giving your hair a leg up so to speak.

Advantages

Hair is better able to manage the weight of the extensions.


You can rock a twist style immediately after taking down your braids.

Installing the braids are easier as well.

The only thing I see that might pose a slight disadvantage to some is that you must first install the twists then go back and install the box braids over them; however, if you can choose to focus on the gains rather than the slight inconvenience it shouldn’t be a problem to you. See how Vannie3000 does her box braids in the video tutorial below:

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About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

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Jaclyn MizzSpoken Hubbard

Interesting, but now you have a longer put in and take down process

Nadira Martin

Beautiful but I think I’ll stick to my yarn braids

Jennifer Brown

Thanks I love!!!

Sheila SheShe Ward

I have been doing that since I learn how to do them. With the same reasoning that if you twist your hair before applying the braid hair, it will make it stronger.

Susan Cartwright

Cute

My'isha Cline

Does it break your hair off or help it grow

Christina J

I’ll have to try this out!

Arteisha A Arce

I did that it made It easier to catch fine hair and less breakage