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What’s the best way to prepare your natural hair for African braiding? Should I just wash it?

December 19th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’m taking my daughter to have her hair braided tomorrow. Even though her own hair is quite long and thick, the stylist I spoke to on the phone said weaving in some strands of synthetic hair would help the style hold longer. I’m just wondering if I should do anything to my daughter’s hair other than just washing it beforehand. She has a pretty good grade of hair naturally, but it can get quite dry in places, and very tangled or matted quickly after just washing because it’s so thick. But I’m wondering if the conditioners and moisturizers I would normally use when she wears her hair natural would make it more difficult for the braids to be done and stay in place.

You may want to give her a hot oil treatment to the scalp before washing it. Wash it and give her a deep conditioner. Put the conditioner on her hair, and let it stay on her hair for about 20-30 minutes. Be sure that you rinse the majority of the conditioner out.

Please be sure that you don’t let them braid your daughter’s edges of her hair. If she’s getting what is called single or micro braids having them braid her edges may cause them to break off very badly. Be careful with that even if they tell you that they don’t braid them or braid them tight be sure that they don’t. I’ve had mine done in the past and because they braid the synthetic hair onto very little of the natural hair your natural hair can and will break off and the braid will not longer be attached.

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