Quick Answer: How Do You Wash Braids Without Ruining Them?

How do you wash braids without messing them up?

How to wash box braidsSoak and shampoo.

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

Rinse thoroughly.

“Rinse thoroughly; repeat if needed,” says Lussiano.


To add some moisture back in, Lussiano says to use a light conditioner.

Fully dry your braids.

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How often should I wash my braids?

two to three weeksAlthough braids can last anywhere between two to eight weeks depending on which kind you go for and how you wear them, you should be prepared to cleanse roughly every two to three weeks. If you’ve been swimming (or happen to sweat a lot), your scalp will require a bit of TLC.

Why do my braids itch?

Braids take forever to dry, so it’s tempting to go for longer stretches between wash days. “Your scalp collects dead skin cells, sebum and dust, which then becomes trapped at the roots and needs to be cleared as it can cause itchiness,” says trichologist Anabel Kingsley.

How long should you keep braids in?

8 weeksTry to keep your braids in for no longer than 8 weeks at a time for optimal scalp and hair health. Leave them in for at least a week between installation so that your scalp has the opportunity to breathe.

How do you know if your hair is growing with braids?

The only way to really know if your hair is growing with braids is to look at the root to see if the braids look looser not. As explained above if you have been washing or tugging a lot on your hair it could also be slippage so bear this in mind.

How do I freshen up my braids?

Oludele recommends boiling a pot of hot water then dipping a towel into it. Using tongs, remove the towel from the pot and let it cool enough so that it’s still hot, but not too hot to touch. Then, lay the towel on top of your braided hair. The hot water will tamp down the frizz and freshen your braids.

How do you make braids smell fresh?

Apple cider vinegar is also great for itchy scalps and lemon is the answer to fungal infections like dandruff. Rinsing your hair with a solution of lemon and water before shampooing is perfect for fresh scent and squeezing some lemons juice round your scalp after plaiting is also great for itchy scalps.

Can I shower with braids?

Absolutely. If you are going to wear the braids longer than a week you should shampoo them, just be gentle.