How to wash braids

Follow this simple step-by-step guide if you’re relying on protective styles this season.

How to wash braids

The luxury of having braids is knowing that your natural hair will require zero maintenance for an extended period of time.

It’s one of the many reasons this protective style floods our social media timelines every summer. But contrary to what some may think, it’s still important to wash and maintain them at least once per month.

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It may sound like a daunting task, but it certainly doesn’t have to be! Follow this simple step-by-step guide and don’t forget to gather the following supplies: two applicator bottles, clarifying shampoo, hydrating conditioner, moisturizing hair sheen or oil and a hooded dryer (optional).

Begin by selecting a clarifying shampoo to help remove excess product build-up from the scalp.

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How to wash braids

How to wash braids

How to wash braids

Next, mix equal parts shampoo and water into an applicator bottle. This is done to thin out the consistency of the shampoo and ease the rinsing process. Use the tip of the application bottle and apply the shampoo mix directly to the scalp, making sure to thoroughly cover the entire surface.

With your fingertips, gently shampoo your scalp in small circular motions. Gentle pressure will prevent frizz and help keep your braids neat. Repeat the shampoo process one more time, paying close attention to your soft circular motions! Once you are done, rinse thoroughly! And when you think you got it all out…rinse again!

How to wash braids

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How to wash braids

“With box braids, people tend to keep it in longer than regular cornrow braids,” says Harris. “It’s important to cleanse your scalp because a lot of people keep their box braids in for six to eight weeks.”

Often, people don’t want to wash their box braids for fear of messing them up. Because box braids involve synthetic hair attached to your natural hair, when you wash, you may notice some frizz from your natural hair getting wet. To prevent that, Harris says to ask for tucked braids.

“There is this tuck method where they tuck the clients’ hair underneath the braids,” says Harris. “So when they wash their hair, their hair won’t frizz because it’s on the inside of the extensions, or in the back of the braid, depending on how it’s braided. If the hair is not tucked, however, then it’s going to be kind of hard to get away from preventing their hair from frizzing.”

To keep your hair healthy, Harris says you should wash your braids every two to three weeks. If you’re not washing your hair and scalp, that means all of the buildup of products and dry skin just stays on your scalp, which can lead to flakes and itchiness.

“You want to cleanse your scalp so [it can] breathe,” says Harris. “And then you can put back in your moisture and your oils and lock that moisture in,” she says. To wash box braids the right way, follow the steps below.

How to wash box braids

1. Soak and shampoo

Before shampooing, Harris says to soak your braids with water and then add your shampoo.

Illeisha Lussiano, founder of The Way, a salon on New York City’s Lower East Side, says you want to make sure you thoroughly cover your scalp with shampoo. “Pour shampoo into your hand and with your fingers, apply to your scalp, and rub in until scalp is fully saturated,” she says.

2. Rinse thoroughly

“Rinse thoroughly; repeat if needed,” says Lussiano. “Be sure to rinse your scalp and braids, not leaving any shampoo.”

3. Condition

To add some moisture back in, Lussiano says to use a light conditioner. That way, the formula can penetrate your braids and is easy to wash out. Harris adds that when you put the conditioner on to leave it there for three to five minutes.

4. Fully dry your braids

“Finally, be sure to wrap your hair in a large towel to soak up a majority of the water,” says Lussiano. “From there, you can either choose to [air] dry or use the help of a dryer.” Be sure to fully dry your braids—the last thing you want is mildew growing in them—yikes!

5. Apply product

Both Lussiano and Harris recommend to add oils to your hair after you’ve washed it. Harris’ go-to is the Ampro Vitamin E Oil ($7). For styling, Harris says you can use some gel on your edges, like the Shine ‘n Jam Magic Fingers Gel ($12) and add mousse to your braids. Run the mousse through your braids with your fingers and then tie them up with a durag to dry. “[Your braids] should look fresh. Not brand new, but fresh,” says Harris.

The dos and don’ts of box braid care

Do: Ask your stylist about maintenance

“When it comes to washing your box braids, always speak to the stylist that installed them regarding their suggested maintenance and care,” says Lussiano. “If that isn’t an option, you should find a different stylist.”

Don’t: Style wet braids

It’s essential to let your braids fully dry before pulling them into a ponytail or any other style. If you style them wet, they don’t have the air to fully dry. “You don’t want [them] to smell moldy or anything,” says Harris.

Do: Pay attention to your scalp

If your scalp is feeling super dry and itchy, give it a wash.

Don’t: Use dry shampoo

Lussiano says using dry shampoo on braids is a terrible idea.

“This will only increase your visible build up and residue,” she says. “Plus, dry shampoo is meant to dry up any oil in the hair. When wearing box braids, oil is essential for maintaining a hydrated and moisturized scalp and lasting style.”

Be sure to take good care of your braids

Braids are great because they help protect your natural hair. When your hair is tucked inside of a braid, you’re not combing and manipulating it in ways that can lead to breakage. By washing your braids, you’re helping to keep your hair even healthier.

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Braids are one of those hairdos that are always in fashion. Whether you like box braids, knotless braids, cornrows, or any other, you can never go wrong with them. However, while they do look stylish, they also make it a little tricky to figure out the best way to wash your hair.

Since braids can be kept for two to eight weeks or longer, it doesn’t make sense to go for long periods without washing your hair. Long story short, you do not want to ruin your braids but cannot afford to neglect your hair care either. So, what should you do?

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Can I Wash My Braids?

The short answer is yes, you can and should wash your braids. Although there are many different answers when it comes to how frequently you can wash your braids, the truth is that depends on your scalp i.e., whether you have an oily or dry scalp and the type of braids you have. For most people, washing their braids with a good shampoo and conditioner every two to three weeks is a good practice.

What Shampoo Can You Use to Wash Braids?

As you will be washing your hair far less often than usual, you should look for a highly clarifying shampoo and a nourishing conditioner. Here is my recommendation:

How to wash braids

This duo is a unique combination of shampoo and conditioner that address different hair care needs. Using this duo of plant-powered shampoo and conditioner will provide your hair with the nourishment it needs and soothe any scalp irritation.

The apple cider vinegar in this shampoo, obtained from Himalayan apples, helps balances the scalp’s pH, clears the scalp and helps regulate sebum production. The shampoo is also packed with the goodness of nettle leaf, saw palmetto extract, vitamin B5, almond oil, and argan oil, among other nourishing ingredients.

Coconut oil is known for its intense moisturizing properties. The WOW coconut oil conditioner contains vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids, all of which help restore your hair to its natural glory and protect against damage. The presence of bioactive ingredients makes your hair feel smoother, stronger, and shinier.

How Can I Wash Braided Hair?

Read below the step-by-step guide to know the best tips for washing hair with braids.

  1. Instead of directly applying shampoo, soak your braids for a couple of minutes in plain water.
  2. You can either dilute your shampoo in a three to one ratio with water or apply it directly to your scalp. However, diluting your shampoo makes it less difficult to distribute it evenly and is less likely to cause frizzy braids.
  3. Choose a clarifying shampoo that thoroughly cleanses your scalp and helps dissolve and eliminate buildup.
  4. Massage the shampoo well onto your scalp for a few moments before you rinse it off. Instead of the usual massaging shampoo onto the length of the hair, simply allow the lather to run down along your braids when you are washing them.
  5. Make sure your scalp and braids are clean after the previous step. Also, ensure that you rub the braids minimally to avoid any frizz. You can gently squeeze the braids to remove product. Shampoo twice for a squeaky clean scalp.
  6. Next, take a coin-sized amount of conditioner on your palms and press it along your braids instead of rubbing. Allow the conditioner to sit for five to ten minutes to do its magic. Consider putting on a shower cap for best results.
  7. Wash the conditioner off and use a microfiber towel to dry your hair. You can either wrap your hair into the towel or let it air dry, but avoid to blow-dry, as it is likely to cause frizz.

How Do I Maintain My Scalp With Braids?

Tight braids can cause more damage than you realize. For instance, according to a study conducted in 2020, tight braids can damage the hair by tugging at the hair from the scalp and causing traction alopecia. Braids can also causes irritation, hair breakage, and even hair loss.

To prevent this, you can choose to braid your hair only as tight as it feels comfortable; if it starts hurting, tell your stylist to stop. You can also try reversing the direction of braids occasionally, as this will reduce the tension on your scalp.

To detangle your braids, only use your fingers. It will be more time-consuming, but it will also help retain the quality of your braids for longer.

Now that you know the best tips on taking care of and washing hair with braids, here are couple of two other hair care products that work excellently for braided hair, and which you can consider adding to your hair care routine:

How to wash braids

Our Apple Cider Vinegar Mist tonic is an ideal option both for hair care and skin care. Thanks to ingredients such as natural apple cider vinegar, rose water, witch hazel extract, green tea extract, and essential oils, this tonic has intense hydration properties, so your braids will look and feel healthy.

To use this tonic, simply spray it evenly along the length of your braids and let it get absorbed into your tresses for your picture-perfect hair. Make sure to put it in your handbag so your hair can look good even when you are on the go.

How to wash braids

Our WOW Hair Revitalizer is a leave-in conditioner that contains super ingredients such as extra virgin olive oil, sweet almond oil, Moroccan argan oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, safflower oil, vitamin E, Bhringraj extract, rosemary, and tea tree essential oils. As the name itself suggests, this product will revitalize your hair and make your braids look healthier, smoother, more manageable, and stronger from the roots. You can spray it along the length of your braids, massage lightly, and leave it on the whole day.

After you invest so much time (and money) into your box braids, you want to make sure they last as long as possible while protecting your natural hair.

But after a few weeks: you’ve worked out, or it’s the summer and you’ve been sweating from the heat, or you’ve put moisturizer and other products in your hair; whatever your situation you’re faced with the dilemma: “Should I wash my box braids?” It’s a difficult decision to make, especially if you planned on keeping them installed for a few more weeks. We broke down the pros and cons of washing your box braids and a few best practices on how to wash your braids if that’s the best choice for you.

Pro Tip

Need to know what products to use for your hair to stay healthy and hydrated? Check out our article on what products to use on your box braids.

[Oh by the way 👋🏾, if you’re currently wearing a protective style, our short film, Pretty Shouldn’t Hurt, is a must-watch. Also learn more about taking care of your protective style here.]

Clean scalp = hair health and growth

You need a clean scalp to maintain healthy natural hair. PERIOD. Washing your plaits removes product build-up, dirt, dandruff, dead skin cells, bacteria, and anything that can prevent your curls from thriving. Maintaining clean hair is essential to getting the most out of your protective style.

Pro Tip

You may think washing your hair may not be necessary because there’s not that much product-build up over a few weeks, especially for chunkier braid styles; however, dust and debris can get lodged in the nooks and crannies of your braids and build up over time. Board certified dermatologist, Dr. Crystal Aguh, advises that the ideal wash frequency is once a week as it allows tightly coiled textures to get more moisture. But if once a week isn’t possible, washing every one to three weeks is okay.

Removes foul smells

The mix of dirt, oil, and sweat can cause your box braids to smell not-so-great. A good wash removes product and day-to-day aromas.

Relieves itchiness

Your scalp collects dead skin cells, dust, and particles that, if not cleared, can cause itchiness. While you can use anti-itch sprays and creams, generally, putting more product in your hair isn’t the answer. If your scalp is itchy or flaky with dandruff, the best remedy is to clean your scalp and protective style.

Cons (and how to avoid them)

Frizziness

Getting your braids wet causes frizziness and can loosen them prematurely. But you CAN refresh your braids without the frizz and keep your plaits from falling out if you:

  1. Use a mild sulfate-free shampoo, and dilute your shampoo and conditioner with water. Harsh washing products tend to break down the hairstyle, causing it to loosen.
  2. Use an applicator bottle to concentrate the shampoo directly onto your scalp and high product build-up areas (like your edges).
  3. Don’t rub your braids together when you wash – that’s a frizz disaster. Clean your braids lightly and gently.
  4. Start with your scalp first, and be as careful as possible when applying the shampoo onto your scalp. Then work the conditioner onto your scalp and along the length of your braids.
  5. Rinse thoroughly. Leaving product in your hair, even shampoo and conditioner can cause itchiness and flakiness.

It takes too long

Washing this hairstyle is a long onerous process that can take all day. You may not have the time. But you can make your washing process easier by parting your braids into different sections and focusing on one section at a time. Being more methodical when washing this protective hairstyle saves you time by not cleaning the same braids over and over again (and showing some TLC to each one of your plaits).

Braids can smell even worse after washing

If your box braids aren’t dried properly, mildew can form overnight and create odor. To avoid funky box braids smells, drying your hair thoroughly is a must! Giving your braids enough time to air-dry is crucial to preventing any mildew or smell from forming.

Most hair stylists recommend that you sit under a hooded dryer after washing, but if you don’t have a hooded dryer, you can air dry or use a blow dryer on low heat. Check out vlogger Jaelah Majette’s video below, starting at around the 7:00 minute mark. She uses the fancy Dyson Supersonic dryer with a concentrator to dry and smooth her roots.

In this second video Bianca Renee shows us how to avoid walking around with dripping braids by wrapping a towel around the ends of your braids. See this hack at the 4:15 mark.

Cleaning without getting your hair wet

Washing your hair is ideal but if for some reason you can’t fit in a wash, you can clean your scalp and braids without getting your hair wet.

Use dry-shampoo and dry-conditioner, rubbing these products between your parts and along your braids. Applying astringents like Sea Breeze and Witch Hazel are quick and easy ways to clean your scalp without going through the long process of getting in the shower and washing your hair. Or you can do an apple cider vinegar rinse; ACV is great for removing product build-up and soothes irritated scalps.

After drying, finish with your favorite moisturizers so your hair can feel and smell amazing.

Pro Tip

Properly taking out box braids is just as crucial to maintaining healthy, natural hair as washing them. We’ve covered some tips on how to remove your braids when you’re ready to take them out.

Box braids are an investment and it’s important to properly maintain them. While there are some drawbacks to washing your plaits, the positives of having a clean scalp and hair far outweigh the negatives. If you’re keeping your braids in for more than four weeks, many stylists suggest re-braiding your hairline; not only will it keep the style looking fresh but it will reduce the tension on new growth around your edges. Use our tips to make cleaning this hairstyle easier and protect your beautiful, natural mane.

How to wash braids

After you’ve invested a lot of time and money in braids, you want to keep them for as long as possible to protect your natural hair.

But after a few weeks of athletic activity, swimming, applying moisturizers and other products to your hair, or hot summer makes you sweat. Regardless of the situation, you will face the question: “Should I wash my box braids? How do I wash the box braids and how often?”

Those are probably your biggest concerns at the moment, so keep exploring this article, we’ll help you answer your questions and provide quick and effective methods.

See also:

  • How to prepare hair for box braid?
  • Do box braids damage your hair?

Can you wash your hair with braids?

After a day of work and outdoor commutes, hair washing is essential. Even if you have braids, washing them is possible.

It is better to wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo to remove dirt that builds up in your scalp and not to rub your braids.

Instead, wash your hair from the scalp to the ends, with a vertical angle movement, which will prevent frizz in the bases and braids.

In addition, you should also use a little conditioner to the ends of your hair.

Can you get your hair wet with box braids?

Wet braids can cause frizz or even loosen prematurely. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get them wet.

It is okay to wet your braids in case you use a mild sulfate-free shampoo, dilute the shampoo and conditioner with water.

This is because applying harsh washing products tends to disrupt the hairstyle and lead to loose hair.

How often should you wash box braids?

While the braids can last 2-8 weeks depending on the type of box braids you choose and how you wear them, you should also take care to clean them properly.

While the box braids don’t require much daily maintenance, experts suggest not to wash your hair too often. Instead, it is very important to keep hair and scalp clean.

Although with box braids, you should only wash your hair about once or twice a week, you can clean your scalp regularly.

Simply wet a washcloth, dip it in warm water, and witch hazel astringent. Then take care to separate the hair and rub the washcloth over the scalp.

Why do my box braids smell?

It would be bad if one day you notice your braid is giving off unpleasant odors. Just like clothes, there are many reasons that your braids quickly smell.

If your braid is not properly dried, it will also allow mold to form overnight and create a smell. Therefore, you should be careful to dry your hair thoroughly to prevent mold or bad odors from forming.

In addition, dirt from dead skin cells, natural oils from the scalp, sweat, and hair products that collect environmental dirt that build-up on the scalp also causes a lingering stench on your hair.

In this case, you can use shampoos with the kind of yummy smell, conditioners, or even hair perfumes if needed.

How do you wash your hair when you have box braids?

A box braid helps you protect your hair and scalp as well as saves time taking care of your hair. However, after a certain time, you also need to clean them to avoid bad odors.

But not everyone knows how to wash box braids. In this next section, we will give you the most effective way to wash box braids if that’s the best option for you.

Things you’ll need:

  • 2 applicator or spray bottles (spray)
  • Towel
  • Moisturizing conditioner
  • Hair sheen or oil for hydration
  • Hooded dryer (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Step 1: Use shampoo as a sulfate-free book, mix the shampoo and water in a 1: 1 ratio in a spray bottle or spray bottle. Shake well to create a thin, effervescent solution.
  2. Step 2: Apply the mixture directly to the entire scalp, hairline, and bristles along the sides. Use your fingertips to gently massage the shampoo mixture onto your scalp.
  3. Step 3: Clean hair. Gently massage the roots and pull the ends of the braids aside to prevent all of the hair from getting wet, preventing them from getting heavy and drying out slowly.
  4. Step 4: Mix the conditioner and water well in a spray bottle or spray bottle and shake until they combine to form a milky white liquid. Pour or spray the mixture onto the scalp and pigtails.
  5. Step 5: Let the oil conditioner for 5-10 minutes. Then rinse the conditioner in the shower.
  6. Step 6: Take some braids and squeeze gently to remove as much excess water by hand as possible. Wrap hair in a towel and incubate for 10 minutes. You can dry your hair with a hooded dryer if possible. Leave your braids down until they are completely dry.
  7. Step 7: Rub a small amount of conditioner onto the scalp between the pigtails.
  8. Step 8: You can spray in conditioner directly on the scalp and the ends of the braids for additional moisture if your hair tends to dry out quickly.

Braids are a great hairstyle and must be maintained properly. While there are some drawbacks to washing hair and handling bad odors, the positives of having a clean scalp and hair outweigh the negative.

You can clean the braids, but don’t mess with them. Use the cleaning method we provide to make it easier to clean this hairstyle.

See also:

  • How to fix edges with box braids?
  • How to do box braids with short hair?

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How to wash braids

Braids are a transitioner’s best friend. Box braids feed in braids, Senegalese twists, you name it, they all hold a special place in our hearts. But as much as we love wearing braids, they also present a major challenge. How can you properly wash your braids and avoid frizz altogether?

This concern I know will never get old. As long as we keep wearing braids, the question will always get asked. It is also a popular subject on many hair blogs. Anyone who wears braids eventually researches the subject.

When transitioning to natural hair, you will find yourself more often than not gravitating towards braids. Braids are a great protective style and a life saver for any transitioning girl. But how do you properly wash your braids?

As a protective style, braids are meant to facilitate a break from daily manipulation and avoid breakage. But as awesome as wearing braids can be, washing a head full of braids can get very tricky. Let’s be honest, we sometimes braid our hair and leave it on for weeks at a time without washing just because they are a pain to wash. Unfortunately going weeks without washing your braids is not healthy for your hair and is simply disgusting.

How to wash braids

So what is the best way to wash your braids or properly care for them?

The best way to wash your braids varies per person. I’ve always washed my braids in the shower as if I was washing my regular hair. But they get heavy after wash which weighs my hair down. I hate that. It pushed me to look into other possible methods to wash them.

I came across the ACV method. ACV method is a method where you mix one part of apple cider vinegar with two parts of water and a few drops of tea tree oil and peppermint oil. The ACV method does not involve wetting your braids, it’s a dry method.

With the ACV method, you simply use cotton balls and scrub the mixture on your scalp to clean the braids. The ACV is meant to remove hair residue, keep your braids clean while avoiding frizz. It sounded good, so I decided to give it a try.

I had a couple of issues with that method when I tried it. First, I didn’t feel like my scalp was clean. My scalp still felt dirty and itchy when I was done. Second, the smell of the apple cider vinegar is not the most pleasant to deal with. It took some time to go away. Within a couple of days, I felt the need to clean the braids again.

At that point, I realized that I needed to wash my braids the old fashion way with a twist.

What is the old fashion way of washing your braids? All you need is water, shampoo, conditioner and a spray bottle. The spray bottle will make your life easier. You will apply the shampoo prior to getting in the shower.

See the steps to properly wash your braids the old fashion way below:

  1. Dilute the shampoo with water in the spray bottle.
  2. Part your braids in small sections and start spraying the diluted shampoo on your scalp and massage with your fingertips.
  3. Repeat the process all over your hair.
  4. After applying the diluted shampoo to your scalp, rinse it out (in the shower or in the sink). I prefer the shower because it allows the shampoo to run down the length of the braids.
  5. Lastly, apply conditioner all over the braids and rinse out.

You can decide whether you want to air dry or blow dry your braids at this point. Now remember, your braids will be very heavy at that time. It is the price to pay for wetting them. But it is your best possible option. Use a towel to remove excess water.

[ctt template=”8″ link=”X5bIb” via=”yes” ]I prefer dealing with heavy braids for a few hours versus itchy scalp for days. misscoily[/ctt]

Keep in mind that wet heavy braids will cause tension on your hair which then can cause damage to your hair. (Read all about the dangers of protective styling). Your best option will be to blow dry or sit under a hooded dryer and allow your braids to dry 50-75% before you do anything else.

How to wash braids

Once your braids are dry, I suggest you use this Peppermint Tea Tree hair oil mixture from Eden Roc. It will leave for scalp feeling fresh and smelling good. The main reason I bought it is because it helps prevents itching. I’ve used this product every day since I’ve purchased it. My scalp is loving it. It’s also supposed to prevent damage and breakage. If you try it, let me know how you like it.

So here it is ladies! As I mentioned earlier, the proper way to wash your braids varies per person. Personally, I think spraying your hair with diluted shampoo is the best way to wash your braids, just because I experience a deeper clean with that method. Plus I don’t have any issues with frizz either.

What about you? Have you tried the ACV method? What is your preferred method to wash your braids? Share with us below . I would love to hear from you!

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Braids are a transitioner’s best friend. Box braids feed in braids, Senegalese twists, you name it, they all hold a special place in our hearts. But as much as we love wearing braids, they also present a major challenge. How can you properly wash your braids and avoid frizz altogether?

This concern I know will never get old. As long as we keep wearing braids, the question will always get asked. It is also a popular subject on many hair blogs. Anyone who wears braids eventually researches the subject.

When transitioning to natural hair, you will find yourself more often than not gravitating towards braids. Braids are a great protective style and a life saver for any transitioning girl. But how do you properly wash your braids?

As a protective style, braids are meant to facilitate a break from daily manipulation and avoid breakage. But as awesome as wearing braids can be, washing a head full of braids can get very tricky. Let’s be honest, we sometimes braid our hair and leave it on for weeks at a time without washing just because they are a pain to wash. Unfortunately going weeks without washing your braids is not healthy for your hair and is simply disgusting.

So what is the best way to wash your braids or properly care for them?

The best way to wash your braids varies per person. I’ve always washed my braids in the shower as if I was washing my regular hair. But they get heavy after wash which weighs my hair down. I hate that. It pushed me to look into other possible methods to wash them.

I came across the ACV method. ACV method is a method where you mix one part of apple cider vinegar with two parts of water and a few drops of tea tree oil and peppermint oil. The ACV method does not involve wetting your braids, it’s a dry method.

With the ACV method, you simply use cotton balls and scrub the mixture on your scalp to clean the braids. The ACV is meant to remove hair residue, keep your braids clean while avoiding frizz. It sounded good, so I decided to give it a try.

I had a couple of issues with that method when I tried it. First, I didn’t feel like my scalp was clean. My scalp still felt dirty and itchy when I was done. Second, the smell of the apple cider vinegar is not the most pleasant to deal with. It took some time to go away. Within a couple of days, I felt the need to clean the braids again.

At that point, I realized that I needed to wash my braids the old fashion way with a twist.

What is the old fashion way of washing your braids? All you need is water, shampoo, conditioner and a spray bottle. The spray bottle will make your life easier. You will apply the shampoo prior to getting in the shower.

See the steps to properly wash your braids the old fashion way below:

  1. Dilute the shampoo with water in the spray bottle.
  2. Part your braids in small sections and start spraying the diluted shampoo on your scalp and massage with your fingertips.
  3. Repeat the process all over your hair.
  4. After applying the diluted shampoo to your scalp, rinse it out (in the shower or in the sink). I prefer the shower because it allows the shampoo to run down the length of the braids.
  5. Lastly, apply conditioner all over the braids and rinse out.

You can decide whether you want to air dry or blow dry your braids at this point. Now remember, your braids will be very heavy at that time. It is the price to pay for wetting them. But it is your best possible option. Use a towel to remove excess water.

[ctt template=”8″ link=”X5bIb” via=”yes” ]I prefer dealing with heavy braids for a few hours versus itchy scalp for days. misscoily[/ctt]

Keep in mind that wet heavy braids will cause tension on your hair which then can cause damage to your hair. (Read all about the dangers of protective styling). Your best option will be to blow dry or sit under a hooded dryer and allow your braids to dry 50-75% before you do anything else.

Once your braids are dry, I suggest you use this Peppermint Tea Tree hair oil mixture from Eden Roc. It will leave for scalp feeling fresh and smelling good. The main reason I bought it is because it helps prevents itching. I’ve used this product every day since I’ve purchased it. My scalp is loving it. It’s also supposed to prevent damage and breakage. If you try it, let me know how you like it.

So here it is ladies! As I mentioned earlier, the proper way to wash your braids varies per person. Personally, I think spraying your hair with diluted shampoo is the best way to wash your braids, just because I experience a deeper clean with that method. Plus I don’t have any issues with frizz either.

What about you? Have you tried the ACV method? What is your preferred method to wash your braids? Share with us below . I would love to hear from you!

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My name is Vanessa Jerome, but you may call me Vany. I am the author/owner of Miss Coily Hair. By day I am an insurance agent, by night I am a blogger. When I’m not doing any of these, I enjoy cooking and baking for my family and friends. I love running (although running might not like me as much) and I am an avid traveler. Don’t forget to say hello!

Everyone wants to have hair that looks gorgeous and majestic, and this is why the hair care and hair styling business is being considered as one of the most profitable businesses today. It's the same with people nowadays, they are love theirself more and spend more time on taking care their bodies.

You don’t have to obsess over taking care of your hair for it to look good all the time. A simple visit to the salon for a bi-weekly trim, purchasing hair care products made especially for your hair type, and taking extra precautionary steps in making sure your hair incurs as little damage as possible are enough to get your tresses healthy.

If you want to go the extra mile to ensure your hair looks its prettiest all the time, though, there’s always the option to have it styled and/or to have extensions or weaves installed and attached to it. Though this option comes with a price, it’s a good way to get hair that would make you proud to say “I woke up like this.”

What are Crochet Braids?

If you have textured hair, you know that one of the best ways to keep your hair looking fabulous all the time is to get crochet braids added in. You can have your crochet braids done by a professional at the salon or you can do it at home. Here’s a quick and easy-to-follow tutorial to help you through the process.

Before we go any further, though, let’s talk about what crochet braids are. If you’re hearing the words “crochet braids” for the first time, you might get an impression that it’s just another braiding style you can apply to your hair. Well, it’s not.

Crochet braids refer to the method of adding extensions to your natural hair. You start off by doing cornrows on your natural hair and then attaching the extensions to them. It’s just like a regular weave except you don’t sew the hair in. Instead you loop it into the cornrows using a crochet needle, hence the name. Also, the extensions added are loose instead of being on a weft.

Just like extensions and weaves, you will need to wash your crochet braids to maintain them and keep them clean. Here are some of the things you’ll need to do that.

How to Wash Crochet Braids?

How to wash braids

What You Will Need

  • Applicator bottles with nozzle or spray (x2): If you’re not sure what applicator bottles are, they’re the ones that come with your at-home DIY coloring kits. They usually come with nozzles, but there are some that only come with the plain cap so check it out before you check out. You will need this for deep cleaning your crochet braids. Get one for shampoo and one for conditioner.
  • Shampoo : Not a lot of women agree on shampooing crochet braids, but if you’re going for a clean and refreshing wash, you could do it to your hair.
  • Conditioner: More women who have had experience with crochet braids recommend using conditioner alone over shampoo then conditioner for regular washing sessions. For deep cleaning washes, though, you can use both.
  • Microfiber towel or cotton t-shirt: When drying your hair (natural and crochet braids), you’ll want to use something that’s absorbent and also something that won’t leave any lint behind, so a microfiber towel or a t-shirt made of cotton are your most ideal options.
  • Optional: Hair moisturizers, oils, sealing formulas, etc.

How to Do It

Step 1: Preparing your materials

  • Lay out everything that you need for washing your crochet braids . This will make it easier for you to finish the task rather than spending time running around and looking for the things you’ll use. Here are the things you need to do:
    • Water down the shampoo and conditioner – since you won’t have full access to your hair and scalp, watering down the product is better to ensure that you won’t have as much build up in your hair and scalp. Mix water and shampoo in one bottle and mix conditioner and water in the other.
    • Get a clean microfiber cloth or cotton t-shirt to dry your hair with after washing.

    Step 2: Shampoo

    • Take your bottle with the watered down shampoo solution and spray it directly on the part of your scalp that is visible. These are the spaces in between your cornrows. Do not spray on too much product to avoid build up.
      • If you have thick hair, part them a few sections at a time and make sure you get to each and every one of them.

      Step 3: Conditioner

      • Now that you’re done with shampooing your hair, it’s time to bring back the moisture to avoid further damage. Take your bottle with the watered down conditioner solution and start spritzing it on your hair. This time, you don’t need to work it really well into the scalp so just massage it lightly to the cornrows and scalp immediately after spraying.
      • Take one manageable section of your crochet braids at a time and spritz some conditioner on them, too! Go from top to bottom and then carefully massage the conditioner into the hair.
      • Do an overall rinse (scalp, cornrows, and crochet braids) with lukewarm water.

      Step 4: Drying

      • ​Gently squeeze out your hair to get rid of most of the water in it. This is an optional step, but if you have lots of crochet braids on, I would highly recommend doing it since it will help dry your hair a bit faster.
      • Wrap the microfiber towel or cotton t-shirt around your hair to absorb the remaining water in your hair. Once it’s no longer dripping wet, you can let your hair down and let it air dry or you can turn your hair dryer on and use the cool setting to help your locks dry faster.

      Washing My Crochets and Weekly Moisture Maintenance

      Conclusion

      Once you’re done washing, you can start putting in all the other products you usually use on your hair like oils, moisturizers, sealing formulas, and what not. Washing crochet braids may take longer than just washing your natural hair, but it’s worth it if you’re after prolonging them and making them more comfortable to wear and keep.

      Did you find this tutorial helpful? Let us know if you did by leaving a comment and sharing it to your friends who might benefit from it. We’d love to know, too, if you have an entirely different routine for washing your crochet braids!