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How To Maintain Ghana Braids

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Being in the natural hair community is so exciting especially when they take something from a while back and bring it to the forefront of our attention. Ghana braids are in no way shape or form new, but they are back and better than ever. Serving as a quick protective style, Ghana braids make it easy to slay all day! While most of the pros outweigh the cons, ghana braids are not a protective style you can keep in consistently for long periods of time. Instead with proper care you can get a good 2 weeks if you truly maintain them properly. The good thing: maintaining your ghana braids won’t be too much different or extra than things you would do to maintain your natural hair in its natural state (it may even be easier)

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How To Maintain Ghana Braids

1. Protect your hair at night: Just like your hair in its natural state you should still be wearing a satin scarf or satin bonnet to bed. This will help keep the synthetic hair fresh, and your natural hair/scalp neat for a longer period of time. Just tie the ends of the braids up into a ponytail and tuck them into your bonnet or scarf. Simple as that! When you wake up in the morning remove the scarf, take off the hair tie and let your braids fall loose!

2. Moisturize your scalp: This can be tricky but there is a very simple way to do this. You can use a dry shampoo to cleanse your scalp if you find it is dirty/itchy. If your scalp is in tip top shape cleanliness wise, all you need is a good light oil. I use Mielle Organics mint almond oil and an applicator. I lightly apply the oil to my scalp on the parts. Instead of rubbing the oil in I gently pat the parts to keep them as neat as possible. Rubbing will definitely cause you to lose the clean lines in your part. You can end off with a sheen spray on your scalp/braids and pat it in as well. I use the Almond Oil on the braids to give it that natural shine without being weighed own or too greasy. You can get your hands on the Mielle Organics Almond Oil on their site (COUPON CODE: TRESSES) or at your local Sally’s.

3. Trim fly aways: Be very careful with this step as you don’t want to accidentally cut your own hair. When you use synthetic hair, especially the straight kanekolan type  you will experience fly ways over time. To keep the neat appearance of the braid you can trim the sides of the braids. It’s easiest to do this at the lower end of the braid where you know your hair will not reach/extend to. However when you are closer to the top of the braid you want to proceed with extreme caution.

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