Conditioning in Braids

Monday, January 31, 2011

We are still on protective style mode, Mary is on her 3rd week and I am on my second. We promised to do a post on deep conditioning in braids. Below is a pictorial of the process.

1. On dry hair, pour diluted shampoo on your scalp. Use your fingers to massage the shampoo into your scalp and into the hair. I also co washed the braids with some left over Suave Tropical coconut conditioner. Make sure you rinse very well.

Braids with shampoo on the roots

Shampooed, cowashed and rinsed braids.

2. Apply your deep conditioner in the roots of your hair and then along the braids till where you feel your "real" hair ends. In this case I mixed the two deep conditioners with some Olive oil

Braids with deep conditioner

3. Leave the deep conditioner on for 45 mins then rinse out and use towel to dry hair

4.I sprayed my hair with conditioning spray, then massaged my scalp with a mixture of olive and castor oil. This keeps your scalp healthy and prevents dandruff.

5.For shine, I used Garnier Sleek and Shine Serum which gave my braids some shine.

Having clean braids feels so good, because as you guys know braids can get pretty stinky.
If any of you are on the protective style challenge, how is it going? Also if you are working out, how are you maintaining your braids

Happy Tuesday lovelies.

P.S Today is our 200th post. yay!!
Chilli Mango said...


My protective style challenge, is not working out too well. First of all, my natural hair sprouts from the braids by day 2 so they look really rough. I've resorted to turbans and headwraps now.

Second, my hairline is SOOOOOO weak so even without tying my hair tight, or pulling on the braids, my hairline is still receding....I see my hair pulling out from the roots every day, despite massaging with castor oil and conditioning and all....

What to do?

Anonymous said...

Nice method will have to try it! @Chilli Mango, try kinky twists if your hair fuzzes up too quickly. Try and get someone who can do a good job. Some extensions are too sleek and won't mesh well with more textured hair.

Also, if your hairline is suffering don't keep braids in much longer. Cornrows(NO tight ones!) might be better or a combo-cornrows in front with braids or twists at the back

kinky_lockz said...

congrats on 200! continued success ladies :)

Nyachomba Kariuki said...

@Anonymous... I think you answered Chillimangos question very well, @Chillimango, my hair does fuzz up a little but not too much..I can definitely tell a difference when I have washed it..are you sleeping with a scarf? That could make a huge difference to how neat your braids look.
As for the hairline..get whoever braids you to take more hair at the front this minimises damage to the hairline

Nyachomba Kariuki said...

@Kinky_lockz..Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Nyash boo -- question? Do you cowash first, then shampoo,then deep condition? and i also wanted to know what a conditioner mix was? do you mean like any type of conditioner i choose, mixed with hair oil or? please let me know yea. and your braids look good btw. much love, pandu

Nyachomba Kariuki said...

@hey hey hey pandu...fancy seeing you here lol. I shampooed first, then co washed then deep conditioned. I only co washed to make sure my braids were completely clean. I mixed my commercial i.e. from the shop conditioner with olive oil just to add some ooomph. Thank you I am quite surprised how much I like the braids...not missing my hair out so much lol...X

Anonymous said...

Hey girls! My protective styling is going well. I did kinky twists so they match my hair texture, so even when my hair shows through the braids it's all good. My hairline is also weak and short after many years of torture, so I absolutely don't braid the first one cm or so of my hairline. The salon ladies always want to grab that "baby" hair, but that's what leads to alopecia Naomi Campbell style. I usually just slick it back with leave in condish or (no alcohol) gel or brush it back with an old toothbrush to keep my hairline looking neat.

Nyachomba Kariuki said...

@Furahaproject, Thats a very good idea...leaving the edges out and slicking them back..I have also thought about that but thought it would look strange...glad it works for you hair....I love that word hehehe

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