Before Moisturizing Your Braided Extension…Take Note Of This?
Moisturizing your braided extensions is very important. Contrary to popular beliefs, protective styles aren’t a set it and forget it situation. As a matter of fact, when protective styles are neglected, it can lead to unhealthy and damaged hair.
So, If you are thinking that you’ve done the most by braiding up your hair or wearing extensions and it doesn’t need any further care, you are definitely doing the most damage to your hair.
Moisturizing your braided hair extension keeps your hair clean and healthy. Your scalp will become too dry, accumulate dandruff and start itching if not moisturized.
The reason you need to moisturize even when you are wearing an extension like braids is because extension exerts stress on the hair follicles and also causes the hair to be very dry.
Apart from exerting stress, when you shampoo to keep hair under your protective style clean, it depletes the moisture in your hair and that moisture needs to be restored by moisturization. So, if you are thinking that your hair is already protected because you’re wearing an extension and you don’t need any sort of moisturization, you are wrong, queen.
Moisturizing your hair extensions can also make your braided extension last longer. In order to properly moisturize your hair in extensions, we’ve put together this article to help you actualize that.
Moisturizing Braided Extension
According to Curlkaton, “two of the best ways to moisturize your hair under a protective style is to spritz your hair with a mixture of water and a light oil, such as olive oil, coconut oil, or jojoba oil, on a daily basis. The second way is to apply a water-based leave-in conditioner to your hair.”
It’s advisable to use water-based moisturizer because it prevents products build up that can block your scalp and prevent moisture from penetrating into your hair shaft. Using water-based moisturizer provides sufficient moisture without contributing to meshing, loc-ing, or severe product buildup.
Avoid moisturizers that come with a lot of added chemicals because it causes product buildup that doesn’t allow the moisture to properly penetrate your hair shaft.
According to BGLH Marketplace “Heavier products, especially thick butters, can build up near the roots and facilitate meshing or loc-ing, especially in kinkier strands. If you REALLY want to use them, though, I suggest staying as far away from your roots as possible and only using the butter once or twice between washes.”
Tips: Look for hair moisturizers that have water as the number one ingredient and lock in the moisture with the use of natural oils such as castor oil, avocado oil, or shea Butter. But be careful not to apply too much oil because you might get the opposite effect. It can block your hair shaft and cause the moisturization to be ineffective.
Now talking about how often you should moisturize your braided extension. According to BGLH Marketplace, “Spritz anywhere from daily to weekly, depending on what your hair requires. I would not suggest going beyond a week (particularly in the later stages of the wear) because the extensions themselves may be drying.
This is especially possible if you used synthetic hair for braiding. As for sealing, that can occur anywhere from every few days to weekly. Sealing daily can attract dirt to the hair quicker than usual thus leading to increased frequency in washing.”
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