Are micro braids bad for your hair?
YES! YES! YES! We cannot stress this enough. Micro braids are stressful on your hair. It breaks the hair because very small sections of your hair are used. To preserve your hairline, go for styles that use a generous section of your hair. You do not have to do micro. Small to medium braids work better. Especially for those of you with perms. If you choose to do micro braids, please do not keep it in for more than 6-8 weeks. We know most of you pay an arm and a leg for micros. Instead of paying $350 plus for micros, go for a style that will cost you half the amount, last the same period of time and keep your hair intact. Remember the purpose of braids is to GROW your hair does not BREAK your hair.
How long should braids be kept?
Braids should be kept for 6-8 weeks only. Your hair will break if you go beyond that. Please don’t fool yourself and say “it’s just ‘dead’ hair falling out” PLEASE!. Of course, there is going to be some normal hair loss because you have not combed through your hair for at least 6 weeks. So when you do, your daily hair shedding will come out at the same time. Anything besides that is not “dead” hair. Don’t walk around trying to smooth out your edges to make them look good. When braids are old, they are old. Please don’t tell yourself “My braids still looks good.” No, it doesn’t. Groom your hair properly.
Are braids good for permed hair?
If you want to keep processing your hair, then don’t ever touch-up or perm your hair the day before you braid it. Perm or touch-up your hair 2-3 weeks before braiding. Wear your braids for 6-8 weeks ONLY, wait a day or two, touch-up & repeat the cycle. You don’t have to perm your hair before getting it braided. An experienced professional will not ask you to do so first. Don’t be caught with thin hairlines. And please do not try to hide them with gel. Not cute ladies NOT CUTE!
How should braids be cared for?
Wash your braids every two weeks. Clarifying shampoos and leave-in conditioners are excellent. (a clarifying shampoo will read “clarifying shampoo” on the bottle) Tie a scarf or any covering of your choice around your hair before bed. Oil your scalp & hair at least 3x a week to retain moisture & control dandruff. In the morning or during the day, is the best time to oil your hair & scalp. Don’t oil your scalp and hair before bed because it will rub off in your bedding thus defeating the purpose of nourishing your hair and scalp. Hot oil treatments & deep conditioning once every 2 weeks won’t hurt. Note: Heavy pomades will result in thick white caked residue. Use Nasabb’s Unrefined Shea Butter and Nasabb’s Kelechi Hair Oil to groom you hair and braids.
What is the difference between braiding with human hair and braiding with synthetic hair?
With human hair, you have the option of wavy or straight. It is more versatile. You can curl, press or blow dry them. Human hair is high maintenance. With synthetic hair, you are limited. You can either dip the ends in hot water to seal or curl or you can burn the ends. Some synthetic hair is already curled. It all depends on your preference. The better quality of synthetic hair is KANEKALON. Make sure the hair says 100% KANEKALON on the package before you purchase. Low grade or cheap synthetic hair will not curl or seal with hot water. Stick with KANEKALON, works every time.
Some types of hair for braiding are HUMAN HAIR, KANEKALON, LIN FIBER, YARN, THREAD. YAKI HUMAN HAIR OR MINK HUMAN HAIR is an excellent texture for African Americans. SILKY STRAIGHT HUMAN HAIR is great for Caucasian texture. Choose your texture according to your hair type & the style you want. REMEMBER BAD HAIR = UGLY BRAIDS. BAD HAIR + BAD BRAIDER = NASTY BRAIDS.
What are some of the different types of braiding styles out there?
There are numerous variations of these styles. Some include silky locks, twists, bantu knots, threading, cornrows (aka french braids, corn braids), medium braids, small braids, invisible braids, fusion, interlocking, crochet, coiling. However, there are fancy names out there as well such as casa mas, Senegalese twists etc. Most of the time several names will refer to the same style so don’t get confused with names and styles. Keep it simple. Don’t wear a style because you saw it in a magazine or on a Hollywood star or on someone else. Go with what you can afford and what makes you look good!
Is it normal for braids to fall out of your hair?
NO! NO! NO! If braids are done correctly, they should not fall out of your hair at random. Whether you wash your hair or running your fingers through your hair, your braids should not fall out. They certainly should not fall out while you are walking on the street.
The only time braids fall out of your hair is if you attempt to braid very short hair, pull your braids with force, or get in a nasty fight. TIP: your hair should not be braided with gel, or rubber bands, hairspray or anything of that nature. All you need is a comb.
Why do braids sometimes break your hair?
Many factors contribute to your hair sometimes breaking while in braids. If your braider pulls too hard on your hair, uses unconventional methods of securing the braids to your hair, sections your hair in tiny sections, your hair will break.
Also if you do not shampoo and condition on a regular basis your hair will break. Also, avoid micro braids. Your hair is guaranteed to break. Especially your hairline. Avoid thick huge braids, always go for medium size. Avoid too many braids. They weigh down your hair. It is extremely important for your scalp to breathe. Don’t apply gel to your braids. It will cake and break your hair. Don’t wear tight ponytails. Your hairline will suffer. Don’t perm your hairline while your hair is braided. It will break off. Don’t color your hair while it is braided. It is a silly move.
Remember to use Nasabb’s Shea Butter & Kelechi Hair Oil for your hair grooming needs.
Is it okay to touch upbraids?
It is okay to touch upbraids as long as it is within the time frame of 6-8 weeks. Sometimes by the 4th week, your braids around the edges and the sides might be a little rough so it is a good idea to touch it up. Do not touch up your braids past the time frame of 6-8 weeks. Not a smart move my dear!
Other things to know
Braiding is all about technique & experience. Therefore your braids should always be soft, neat, smooth & natural. Unless you have to, TRY NOT TO JUMP FROM BRAIDER TO BRAIDER. Find someone who knows what they are doing, negotiate a price and stick with them. REMEMBER EXPENSIVE DOES NOT MEAN QUALITY! Always go for quality first.
SOME TRICKS OF THE TRADE. Immediately after braiding, use witch hazel or sea breeze around your hairline twice a day for 3 days or longer to avoid bumps. After a day and a half, there should be little or no tightness of your scalp. Anything beyond that is excessive. You can use witch hazel twice a month or more to clean your scalp if you are not ready to shampoo.
Take down your braids faster with a pointed edge like a tail comb or a tapestry needle. Comb out all the knots and bits out of your hair properly before you get it wet or shampoo it. This process is easy if you oiled & conditioned your scalp regularly. If you didn’t you will find out. Trim the ends of your hair after every braiding period. You will have a healthy hair growth.