The easiest way to moisturize braids, or twist extensions, is to use a water-based spritz accompanied by scentless light oil sealing. This method allows for a nice amount of moisture without meshing, finding hair or making a significant accumulation of the substance. Heavier products can cause build up near the roots and make tangling easier, particularly in thicker ones.
Which are some valuable sprays and oils? Ok let’s get going with the oils. My highest suggestions are light and somewhat odourless oils, such as grape seed and jojoba. Coconut oil may be used, but be mindful that the oil can smell (and may or may not be okay, depending on how you feel). Olive oil is lighter but less odorous.
Castor oil, jasmine oil and almond oil are also found beneficial in keeping your braids or twist extensions moisturized. For the edges if your hairline is dry use castor oil, almond oil for healthier hair and moisturizing. Jasmine oil fragrance is amazing, but it is recommended to use only once a week to avoid build up.
A water-based spray represents a strong start. Another that is based on water and glycerine can be even better, depending on what your hair likes.
Use spray somewhere between daily and weekly, depending on what your hair wants. It is not recommended going beyond a week because the extensions can dry themselves. This is possible especially when you use synthetic hair for braiding. As for sealing, this can happen anywhere from every couple of days to weekly.
The braids may seem like a low-maintenance style at first. But, to keep your braids looking healthy and smooth, you will need to moisturize them regularly. Apply a moisturizer to protect your locks and seal your braids. Moisturize your tresses after any washing or at least 2-3 times a week. You will quickly fall into the habit of moisturizing your braids.
- Choose a more lightweight, leave-in conditioner than a rinse-out conditioner. The conditioner’s purpose is to add moisture to your hair, make it cleaner, and make it look healthier. Find a conditioner (dry, colour-treated, curly, etc.) that matches your hair needs.
If you have synthetic braids, use a protein-conditioner in it. It will bolster your natural hair.
How to moisturize?
- Bring the braids to the sides of your face from behind your head. Using the spray bottle filled with leave-in conditioner, water and glycerine and brush the braids closest to your face.
If you have synthetic braids you should mainly spray close to your scalp. If you have natural braids, you’ll need to spray the entire braid eventually.
- Use one hand to grab a bunch of braids near your scalp. Run your hand down the entire length while gripping the braids loosely. At the same time, alternate running the moisturizer down the braids with your other hand. Drag your hands through the braids, until you can no longer see the moisturizer.
Never rub the moisturizer through your braids, or you will create frizz and your hair can get damaged.
- Sprinkle close to the scalp and top of your braids until you have sprayed, in the centre of your braids. Run your hands down the braid length so that the braid ends are moisturized to the maximum.
When your braids are natural, spraying the ends of your braids is especially important. If it isn’t moisturized, your hair is more likely to break or frizz.
Make sure your edges are well moisturized because these can dry out easily. Moisturizing your edges will lengthen the braids
- Sprinkle natural oil into the palm of your hand (like coconut or almond oil). Rub the hands together and take a portion of braids near your scalp loosely. Run your hand down the entire length while gripping the braids loosely.
Once you have sealed the braids you should not see any frizz. Moisturize your braids and secure them at least once or twice a week.
Maintenance and cleansing
There are several ways to wash the braid extensions to avoid damages. I consider the most efficient way of separating the hair into four sections, then using diluted shampoo and your fingertips, applying the shampoo to the scalp and rubbing gently to lift the dirt off the scalp. The use of a gentle and tiny baby toothbrush will help if you have a lot of product build up from using greases, oils, and growth aids.
It is important to note that you still have hair under your braids. Just as you moisturize your hair when it is natural, when in braids, you need to make sure your hair is moisturised. Your hair may actually need more moisture because the braided hair can absorb some of the moisture from the hair.