3. Use twist pudding during the braiding process
Whatever that Jam Gel stuff braiders use is a NO-NO! That gel is the culprit for extra product buildup at the roots and why some women tend to have no edges after the style is taken down.
Yes, the gel took the baby hairs. *tears* Instead, use a moisturizing twist pudding or cream to twist the hair. This will not only create a sleek look at your scalp and along the length of your braids/twists, but you will also have your baby hairs after the style.
4. Get smaller braids/twists rather than larger ones
If you are planning to keep your style for at least 6 weeks, try to get box braids or Senegalese twists for smaller extensions.
Will great care, your style will stay neat and fresh. Marley and Havana twists tend to get old quicker than there smaller counter styles.
5. Burn or dip the extensions* for a sleek look
Unless you are getting microbraids, you should either burn or dip the extensions for a sleek finish. Keep in mind that if you are burning the hair, don’t overdo burning the length of the braid or it will stick on to everything you own, like Velcro.
Make sure you don’t burn the length of your own hair either! The best way to seal the hair is to dip your braids or twists in boiling water. Have another person help you if you are uncertain how you should dip your extensions*.
6. Cleanse scalp with diluted shampoo or natural alternative
I know it’s taboo to cleanse your hair while in braids or twists…but I didn’t say hair…I said scalp. Your scalp will get lots of product buildup during the duration of your style.
You need to keep it clean to continue on your HHJ. While your hair is in 4-6 jumbo braids to clearly reach your scalp, use diluted shampoo, apple cider vinegar* rinse, or witch hazel to cleanse your scalp effectively.
Then you can rinse your braids or twists with warm water when done cleansing your scalp. No rubbing, twisting, pulling, and throwing your braids/twists around for something so simple. Your braids will not get frizzy from the wrath of your washing regimen.
Originally posted 2015-02-16 15:00:04.