How to Spoil Your Hair In Between Braided Styles

Braided styles are more than just a super cute way to cut your hair care routine in half! Those classic box braids or new aged crotchets aren’t just trendy styles; they also protect your hair from heat and style exhaustion. Getting your hair braided and leaving it tucked away for weeks can be quite an euphoric experience, but the effort to take down protective styling is often overlooked. And figuring out what to do with your hair after can be an even bigger mystery! Ever wondered what to do with your natural hair after taking protective style out? Most of us rush to the hair salon in hopes of straightening out the kinks of our untamable, rough tresses or even put the hair in another set of braids.  The problem is, just as any other beauty routine demands a state of rest, so does your hair after braids. Spoiling your hair with some down time after protective styling can give your scalp down time from strain, allows oxygen to flow freely to your hair and scalp and prepare a nurturing environment for growth. Pamper your strands with these hair-spoiling practices and products before taking your next big trip to the salon. 

Alexis Webb Nov, 10, 2016

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Hydrate your hair with this Intense Hydrating Mask, perfect for any hair type and those that suffer from heat damage or split ends. $45, sephora.com

 

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Avocado is also rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids that are perfect for restoring brittle hair. Mix one avocado, two tablespoons of pure/organic honey and one tablespoon of avocado oil (or extra-virgin olive oil). Blend the mixture until completely smooth. Distribute evenly through wet hair, place a plastic cap on top and leave for an hour before rinsing. Follow up with leave in conditioner.

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If you don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to a deep conditioning, give Madam Cj Walker’s Jamaican Black Castor Conditioner a try. Saturate your hair with the conditioner in the shower for softer, shinier hair. $26, sephora.com

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Bananas can restore hair shine and strength with vitamins like potassium and Vitamin A. Grab one ripe banana, 2-3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt and one tablespoon of pure honey. Mix banana and extra virgin oil in a blender for ultimate smoothness. Add other ingredients and blend until there are no visible lumps. Pour mixture through a strainer before applying to wet hair, covering with a cap and leaving on for 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and style.  

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Condition your hair like a pro with the Dream Come True Wonderful Deep Conditioning Masque, a deep penetrating mask that gives instantaneous moisture without much wait. $32, sephora.com

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Fight off the dryness and brittleness that can come after braids with a steamer cap.  The steam will open your hair’s cuticles, allowing for deeper hydration and product penetration. $40, sallybeauty.com

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If you feel comfortable with shears, after washing your hair divide into small (wet) sections and comb through to examine for dead ends. Give them a snip or head to a salon. 

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Soothe your scalp with his popular elixir, great for itchy irritated scalp after taking out braids. This product will also detox and cleanse the scalp in preparation for healthy hair follicles. $11, ulta.com

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Ditch the traditional shampoos and try this cleansing pudding to clarify your scalp and hair without making it feel dull or brittle. $12, target.com

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Treat your hair with hot oil! Try mixing two tablespoons of peppermint, coconut and jojoba oil in the microwave, saturate your scalp and hair generously (add a cap) and sit under a hooded dryer for 15 minutes.