Losing It: Helpful Tips To Remove Braids Without Damaging Your Hair
Box braids are still a hot style choice, as evidenced by their inclusion on the catwalk at the Pyer Moss 2017 Show held in New York City. But the truth is that this is a style that will never really go out of fashion. Why? Because apart from being a strikingly beautiful modern classic, box braids, along with the other braided hairstyles, are a highly functional, protective flair.
When it comes to growing out your hair, there are a few styles that offer so many advantages, and these include braided styles. Box braids, for example, are a great option since the braids are a chunkier, and there is are lesser chances of acquiring alopecia (thinning of hair caused by tightness) than having thinner braids.
Tips on Removing Braids
However, one of the factors rarely considered when sporting this hairstyle is that, besides the cost of getting the braids, you should also consider the effort when you need to remove them. Removing braids should be done with extreme to ensure that your natural hair won’t be damaged.
Experts recommend removing the braids after 12 weeks, in order to minimize any negative effects such as additional tension on the hair follicles or irritation on the scalp. When you’re ready to remove those braids, here are a few tips to help you with the removal process:
- Don’t be in a Rush
This process could take a while to finish, so you need to store a lot of patience. Because the more you rush it, the greater the risk of damaging your natural hair as the braids are taken out. If possible, spare a day to have the braids removed and ask someone to help you with the braid removal.
- Use Natural Oil
While most oils provide benefits for the hair, you can also use oil to make the braid removal easier. You can either use coconut oil or marula oil. This will provide just enough lubrication to unravel the braids without clogging up your hair.
Start by adding moisture to the hair. While wet hair is more fragile, wetting the hair will loosen and stretch it a bit, facilitating the removal process. You can either wet hair under the shower or a faucet. You also have the option to spray water using a spray bottle.
Add enough oil to coat the hair. Don’t apply too much oil to prevent the hair from becoming clogged and unmanageable. As a general guide, there should be enough oil and water to make the hair easier to manipulate but not so much that it feels gloopy or heavy.
- Careful Where You Cut
If your braids are extensions, then this tip is intended for you. Depending on the length of the extensions, cutting them before you start will mean you have less weight to manage and more space to maneuver. But you don’t want to cut any of your real hair! If you can’t detect exactly where the real hair ends, take a guess but leave a good couple of inches either way. This is the perfect amount of extension to leave in for an easy unraveling.
- Take It Step by Step
Neat and easy to manage sectioning will make the whole process a lot less daunting. It allows for regular breaks if needed and keeps the whole process tidy. Once you have sectioned the hair with some big clips, apply a little extra conditioner if needed and start untangling each section carefully using your hands. Start at the ends, then use a wide tooth comb to remove the loose hair at the ends. Loop the hair and clip it back up each time to keep the whole process tidy, and you’ll be done in no time.
- You’re Done!
When you’re done, comb your hair thoroughly using a wide tooth comb. Wash your locks, then apply conditioner to soften the strands of your hair. Time to rock your natural hair once everything is back to normal!
If you are careful and organized in how you remove your braid extensions, you’ll see and feel the benefits of healthier, fuller, and more luscious hair. This means you can go back to this great style again and again with confidence and without worrying about damage. So what are you waiting for, why not try some new braided hairstyles today?