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5 Tips for Caring for Your Twists, Braids, and Locs At Home

Updated: May 23, 2023


There’s a lot that goes into creating healthy braids and maintaining them so they stay fresh. Hair care is not a one time thing. It’s a process and everyone’s hair is different. We’ll go over the steps that will help you care for your twists and faux braids to keep them looking new.


Washing Your Locs

First off, it’s important to detox and cleanse your scalp before you put in braids, this will help them last longer. It’s also important to wash the braids before you crochet them into your hair so that any allergens or irritants get cleaned off. You’ll want to wash your scalp around every 2-3 weeks, but if you have an oily scalp you may want to wash them once a week. Over washing can strip your hair of its natural oil, causing dry strands and breakage. It can also cause your braids to frizz faster.


Staying Hydrated

The next step to caring for your locs is to keep them moisturized with a moisturizing hair care routine. Keeping your scalp hydrated will help prevent damage to your hair follicles and will allow your hair to grow at a healthy rate. If your locs get too dry, they’ll begin to frizz and break easier. Let your conditioner sit for several minutes when you shower. Gently rubbing a leave-in conditioner on your locs after your shower will help them last longer and look better. The amount of moisturizer you should use depends on your hair texture. If your hair is naturally fine and soft, you probably won’t need as much hydration added. However, if your hair is naturally dryer and frizzier, you’ll likely need to use more. If you’re unsure about what your hair needs, ask your stylist.

We have two leave-in moisturizing mists that work excellently to keep your hair tamed and fresh. Our stimulating leave-in conditioning mist is all natural, and created with a light-weight formula that won’t weigh your hair down. It’s perfect to spray on your natural hair every day, regardless of your twist style. It’s formulated with soothing oils that are perfect for calming itchy scalps, dry hair, and refreshes your hair. Our hydrate and restore moisturizer mist is created with jojoba oil, sea kelp, and carrot extract. These ingredients restore your hair’s natural moisture balance. It’s the perfect spray to add body and movement to your hair, and keeps it hydrated all day long.


Sleeping With Your Locs

The next step in taking care of your braids is to care for them when you sleep. The friction between your pillow and your hair can cause your braids to frizz super fast. It can also pull on your scalp, causing damage to your hair follicles, and potentially give you headaches. We recommend using a sleep cap made of silk or satin, along with a satin pillowcase. This will reduce hair breakage.

Our satin bonnets are crafted using lightweight and breathable silk that have added protection with the adjustable edge band. You can wear these bonnets while running errands, lounging around the house, and especially while you sleep. Make sure you wash them often so that your hair stays clean and fresh.

Our satin-lined hoodie reduces frizz, tangles, hair loss, breakage, and retains the moisture in your hair. Our hoodie is designed for the versatility that you need!


After You Wash Products:

After you wash your hair, you may want to add some hair products that will help your hair hold its style, while also promoting hair growth. Our organic growth oil is made with natural ingredients that are key for healthy hair growth: grapeseed oil, castor oil, safflower oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, and more. We also have a stimulating hair growth oil that includes tea tree oil. Tea tree oil cleanses the hair follicle roots from toxins and helps to increase blood flow. This combination stimulates hair growth from the roots. Our curl defining mousse is formulated to create extra moisture and hold for your hair. It’s perfect for defining your natural curls or to style your braids and keep them looking fresh.


In Summary

You want your braids to last as long as possible, which means less heat styling and more natural styling products. If you create a hair routine to care for your braids consistently, they will last longer and maintain their fresh look. Plus this means less trips to the salon for you! Create a washing routine that works for you, and moisturize your hair consistently. Care for your locs while you sleep to prevent them from breaking and getting frizzy faster.


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