What to do with micro braids care?
11-24-2014, 10:59 AM
What to do with micro braids care?
Posting left and right with questions but this cause i got everyone asking me questions i have no idea on lol that thing bout having better hair you know them with people asking me stuff...
11-25-2014, 11:10 AM
RE: What to do with micro braids care?
Perhaps you did not see it but there is a how to do micro braids thread already in the forum. However this thread can be just as useful especially more on the topic of micro braids care.
Healthy hair or damaged hair:
Do not do any form of braids on damaged hair. Whether your hair is damaged from heat, split ends or extremely dry and brittle strands, it will cause further damage to your hair. Braiding hair does not repair breakage it only enforces it. The tension from the pulling of your hair into the braid and crisscrossing of the actual braids or twists will cause the hair to snap or stretch beyond its capability.
Absolutely avoid braids if your are balding. The same goes for traction alopecia.
Choosing a braider or braiding professional:
Do your research on salons and individuals who claim to be professionals. Look for direct experience with braiding. You can learn more about your braiding stylist by asking friends and coworkers for references in addition to checking out reviews and their online presence. It may seem forward you can even step into the salon and view the shop, the stylist and their work first.
Also if you see someone with braids and even if it's a woman, ask him about where he got his micro braids or braids done. Have a look at the braids hairstyle thread for reference of how micro braids should look on a man.
Preventing hairline breakage and traction alopecia:
To ensure your hairline is not damaged, ask the braider to leave the edges along your hairline unbraided. Typically you may have to mention it several times during your braiding session. You might worry about the hairline looking too rugged or fuzzy. However there are ways to style your hair to keep the edges of your hairline covered up. If you insist on having the fine hairs along your hairline braided for a cleaner look, use caution when styling your braids.
Allow 1-2 weeks before heavy style manipulation with the braids. Too much resistance too soon to your hairline will cause breakage. It is best to let the braids fall naturally the way they were braided until you have achieved some new growth. Excess tension of hair pulled into the opposite direction the hair was braid could cause baldness known as traction alopecia and weakened strands. Traction alopecia can become irreversible so take care when styling your micro braids!
Trimming stray hairs:
When your hair is finished being braided, the braider will go around the whole head and trim the stray hairs sticking out of your braid. By trimming the stray hairs your braids will look more defined and cleaner. However when you take your braids out you will noticed that your hair is more shaggy and uneven from when the hairs were trimmed. If you are aiming for continued hair growth after taking the micro braids, you may want to request to the braider that trimming the stray hairs is not necessary.
Moisturize your micro braids, wash them and careful use of styling products:
Any form of added braids will always require additional moisture. You can resume using the same products you were using without braids to moisturize your hair. Your focus should be on the entire strand and although the ends are covered do not forget to pay special attention to the ends of your hair.
Products such as gels, waxes or creams should be used with care. Excessive use of these products where your hair shaft and braid connect is crucial. These products tend to build up in the starting point of the micro braid or twist, so close tot he scalp. If product builds up in this area, when you take your braids out you will have a matted knot. These knots are extremely difficult to unravel. Should you still get these knots use a conditioner to loosen the strands and you may even need to use the small comb with a tail to gently pick out the strands one by one.
Removing micro braids:
After you have taken your braids out you will find a significant amount of shedding. We can shed up to 100 strands of hair a day. If you have your hair braided for several weeks or even months, there will be an accumulation of shed hair inside your braid.
You may be asking the difference between normal shedding and breakage. If you have single strands this is normal but if you are finding huge sections of strands, clumps of hair or bald spots this is breakage.
Sometimes it is hard to go back to the style you were wearing right before you had braids. Give it 1-2 weeks before you start seeing your hair is adapting to the change again. It is subjective to how long a person should wait before getting their hair braided again. I would recommend waiting several weeks to allow time for the hair to rest from the pulling and tension.
Micro braids are an excellent intermittent hair style for men but you should always stay educated these hair processes. Do not be afraid to tell the braider your expectations because once you leave the shop they do not know what goes on with your experience during and after!
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