Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts for Your Summer 2016 Braids

Do Add Color

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Summer is the perfect time to add a little color. Don’t be shy. Go ahead and add those Copper Honey colored Rast-Afri braiding hair highlights.

The best thing about it, is that you aren’t damaging your real hair and it’s removeable by the end of summer. Just because your natural hair is black doesn’t mean your braiding hair has to be.

Don’t Be Offended

When you go to work the next day with Senegalese Twists down to your knees, be prepared for the inquisitive looks and inquiries. Your hair is an enigma and a simple, “I got braids for the summer”, should suffice. No other explanation is needed and certainly no touching is allowed without permission.

Do Moisturize


I’ve discovered the best way to moisturize my hair is to allow the steam from the shower to work its hydrating magic! Don’t freak out! It will allow your hair shaft to open and accept the tiny droplets of H2O.

Once you exit the shower, moisturize your scalp and braids with a hair moisturizer and seal it with oil. You don’t need a lot of product. A little goes a long way. Then wrap your hair in a scarf for at least 15 mins. Voila! Your hair will be moisturized, healthy-looking, and neat.

Do Remove your braids

Remember, just like summer, braids are temporary. The longest you should keep your braids is 2 months according to a trusted hairstylist. Bid them adieu until next year. Your scalp will thank you for it.

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About Marchaan


Marchaan has been a creative writer for over seventeen years and writing professionally for thirteen. Her body of work focuses primarily on the topics of entertainment, love, relationships, self-exploration and coming of age while her passion and interests lie in natural hair, beauty, current events and pop culture. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from California State University Northridge where she minored in Spanish and held concentrations in language and writing. Today, Marchaan resides in Los Angeles where she continues to work on her novel and write short stories and children’s books in her free time.

About Marchaan


Marchaan has been a creative writer for over seventeen years and writing professionally for thirteen. Her body of work focuses primarily on the topics of entertainment, love, relationships, self-exploration and coming of age while her passion and interests lie in natural hair, beauty, current events and pop culture. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from California State University Northridge where she minored in Spanish and held concentrations in language and writing. Today, Marchaan resides in Los Angeles where she continues to work on her novel and write short stories and children’s books in her free time.

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