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Monday, November 28, 2011

Box Braids 101 : Dos & Don'ts Of Wearing Box Braids

Wearing box braids is a whole lot of fun and if you are inventive and curious enough, you can come up with all kinds of styles. However, wearing box braids also comes with a few responsibilities and failing to take them on could lead to damaged hair and mess up the braids. 
There are therefore box braids DOs and DON'Ts not only for the good of your braids but most importantly, for the health of your hair and scalp.



● DON'T pull your hair up in ponytails all the time. This will only cause tension to your hair and temporary to permanent loss of hair in different parts of the scalp (especially the edges of course). Pulling and tugging at the hair too much could also lead to the same consequences.

● DON'T use braid sprays that contain all kinds of non water soluble (like cones) and drying ingredients. Remember, your hair is also going to get a dose of it and some sprays can dry your hair out if you are not careful to read the ingredients. Try making your own braid spray [Recipe coming soon]

● DON'T put anything in your braids you are not sure you are going to be able to get out before taking out the braids. For example, swimming in chlorine water and exposing your hair to chemicals that require clarifying shampoos. If you do not properly cleanse your hair, these chemicals will stay trapped in your hair and cause damage.

● DON'T wear your braids for too long. Too long is not a definite period of time instead it depends on how well you take care of your braids and hair and the manner with which they were done. If you have XL box braids, I would advice not leaving them for more than two months to avoid hair loss. Smaller ones should also not be left for anything anymore that three months. Beyond this time frame, it's seriously time to let go of your braids start giving your hair some TLC. Many ladies don't really suffer breakage directly from how they take care of their braids but the breakage they experience is mostly a consequence of leaving their braids in for too long. If you love box braids so much, try leaving at least a few weeks in between each installation to take care of your hair. 

DO wear a satin scarf or something of the sort over your braids when going to bed.  You can also choose to use a satin pillowcase. This not only protects your braids but also avoids your hair from loosing moisture. I personally would not advice using a satin bonnet depending on how many braids you have and how big your bonnet is because trying to get a whole lot of braids in a small bonnet can be very discomforting.


DO moisturize your braids. Please do. Remember, by doing this, you are not only keeping your braids looking shiny and neat but also moisturizing your thirsty strands trapped in the extensions. 


DO cleanse your scalp by shampooing or using an alternative. Dirty scalp is not healthy scalp and this does not promote hair growth at all.


● DO oil your scalp. Dry scalp is also everything but great for healthy hair growth.


● DO have fun with your braids. You won't have them for long not to talk of forever so explore and rock them nothing less than fiercely!  




What do you watch out for when you wear protective styles?


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325 comments:

  1. Can you keep box braids for 5 to 6 months if you take really good care of them

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    1. They would be hanging off of 3 inches of new growth.

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  2. @ Anonymous : Hey! I would strongly not advice you to keep box braids in for up to 6 months!! This can cause a whole lot of damage to your hair and hair loss! Instead, wear box braids for maximum 8 weeks and wait at least two weeks before putting in another set. Hope that helps. Please do not hesitate to ask anymore questions you might have.

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  3. Great blog post Funbi, but haven't you all heard about the Take Down Remover Cream? The product is specifically designed to detangle and remove braids, extensions, twists and dreadlocks.

    The Take Down Remover makes it so much easier to remove these box braids-that way women won't dread the whole take down process whether they have natural hair or not.

    The Take Down cream softens all the knots or clumps of matted bits at the roots like butter-which prevents breakage. Especially around the hairline.

    Conditioners were not created to remove braids, weaves, extensions or dreadlocks-the instructions on the bottle are evident of that fact.

    We could save so much of our hair if we used the product that is aptly titled for the process we are doing

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  4. Hello... I have been struggling with Traction Alopecia for many years...Ive recently did the.Big Big chop to start my natural state but cudnt embrace it because i had the Big Thin Bald Spots.on both sides.... Its been bout 2 months now since being natural.. Im.relocating to another state and was in desperate need of a style i can manage so i RELAXED!!! #Yikes..So im.bak at square 1.. So basically my question is I am still interested in being natural. And now that.I hav the perm and still the balds spots, I dont know wat to do!!!!!!! Please help me!!!!! Do you think I shud jus braid it and keep is moisturized to prevent further breakage and cut the relaxed ends off once it grows out ? Or should I shave it offf BALD to start evenly and fresh while rocking wigs until it grows back?

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  5. @ MsImHair : Hi sis! Thank you for passing by. Firstly, I totally understand your perming your hair again. Staying natural takes getting used to and this can take some time. However, especially because of the bald spots and traction alopecia I would strongly advice you to not add any excess tension to your hair that means, no braiding, twisting, extensions etc. Your scalp needs to rest and it also needs a lot of TLC. I would also advice you to stop perming your hair, do the big chop if you feel ready and wear wigs if you cannot rock the twa look. BUT you still need to take care of your hair and scalp. If you continue causing excess stress on your scalp, the bald spots could become permanently like that. I advice you to check out the Healthy Hair Growth list here http://datfunkyfro.blogspot.com/p/specific-hair-topics.html. I really hope that helps, but please do not hesitate to ask any other questions you might have :)

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    1. Thank u so much for replying... Ok I dont mind doin the big chop honestly and vb im very impatient but I would like to ask since I jus permed it last nite... Wud it do ant harm if I jus got to the salon to get ut shave bald and jus start fresh thata way? or shud I let it grow out a lil first? In the mean while.do u know any natural oils that may help heal and repair my scalp to become a healthy environment.for my new growth? dont mean.to.go.crazy with the ?s.. Im jus so happy I found a blog that actually has someone who answers my questions.. :)

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    2. It's pleasure sis. Not at all. Doing the big chop now wouldn't hurt your scalp in anyway and it's a great way to start afresh. However you could also let your hair grow out a little first but then you'd have to be able to handle both textures. Check out these posts for oils that help with Hair Growth http://datfunkyfro.blogspot.com/2011/11/questions-we-ask-why-are-my-edges.html & http://datfunkyfro.blogspot.com/2012/01/questions-we-ask-to-oil-or-not-to-oil.html. Hope that helps. Please don't hesitate at all to ask anymore questions you my have. God bless :)

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  6. How soon after getting box braids can you pull your hair into a style. Mine are pretty tight right now and I'm afraid that I might "pop" my edges if I do.

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    1. Hi Anonymous! When I had box braids I tried to be as cautious as possible and leave my edges alone for at least a week and the half to to weeks. How soon you do it depends on how your box braids were done. You say they are pretty tight..in that case I would really wait until the pain stops totally and you can easily move the braids at your edges around without any pain or trouble. I would also advice not to pull them up too much or too tight because this could still cause breakage to your edges. I hope that has helped. Please feel free to ask any other questions you might have.

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  7. so, I'm in high school. and 100% black. my natural hair is down to my shoulders straight out of the shower, I've never permed it or put chemicals in it, but i straighten it all the time, I'm thinking of getting box braids for the summer to help it grow again before school, but during the summer I'm going to be doing a lot of cross country training, meaning ill have to pull it back every day and wash the braids at least every day to every 3 days. not to mention all the swimming i want to do. is it a bad idea? because i want my hair to look longer but i don't want clip in extensions where ill have to keep straightening my hair to wear. i miss braids but i want long ones, so box braids seem fun. like i said, my hair isn't damaged except for heat stylers but i don't want to start in any problems with traction alopecia... :/

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    1. Hi Anonymous! Thank you for stopping by. Firstly, braids do not "help the hair grow" per se. All they do in fact is help with length retention because while your hair is in braids, you do not manipulate them. However, if you do not do the braids properly or take care of your hair while in the braids, you will get reverse effects. Secondly, pulling back heavy braids everyday will most probably lead to excess tension on your hair especially the edges & if you re going to be running, that will cause more tension. Thirdly, if you are so keen on length, I would advice you to focus on caring for your hair better because healthy hair & scalp leads to longer hair. Refrain from heat & instead of using extensions, why don't you just braid/twist your own hair, wash weekly & redo the braids/twist every week. This is a great protective style & there is not stress on your hair. This is my advice. I would refrain from braids & heat altogether & concentrate on caring for your own hair. Check out my posts on length retention & hair growth here.
      I really hope that helped. Don't hesitate to ask anymore question you might have :)

      DatFunkyFro

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  8. Hey.I'm leaving for georgia for the summer until school starts in 3 months. and my mom said that i have to get my hair braided . i don't like getting braids at all but, if i have to get braids, they might as well be box-braids. Any-ways, thanks for the tips. am i able to keep the box-braids in for atleast 3 months or will it damage my hair?

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    1. Hi Alanna. It depends on how you take care of your hair. However, I would not advice it. You would most probably end up with some sort of breakage or even damage to your edges. If you don't put them up too often & take good care of them, you could end up getting away with it. If you are keen on keeping them for that long, just prepare your hair for it (washing & moisturizing) & prepare to look after them.
      Hope that helps :)

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  9. Hello. I got my hair braided a couple of months ago. When I took them out there was a lot of gunk/dirt at the start of the braids. I've washed my hair a couple of times, and can not get it out. It's really hard now, & I can't comb through from the roots. Do you know of any products that could help. There used to be braid ease out sprays, but I can't find any.

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    1. Hi. I would advice you to get a really good conditioner, with a lot of slip & detangle your hair in sections with a wide tooth comb or else, no amount of washing can get it out & combing forcefully with pull your hair out. Patiently detangling your whole head is the only solution.
      Hope that helps :)

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  10. i got solange box braids it long it touches directly at my waist its heavy so moving my head its kinda a problem and it really tight and i got it monday today is thursday morning and it still hurting me alot i dont know what to do because this is first time getting long box braids but mi head really hurts when is the pain gonna stop and how do stop and i want to put it in a bun soon but u dont know when the pain will stop

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    1. Hi. Whoever did your hair did it too tight & the braids being that long makes it worse. I would advise you to not even think of pulling it up or anything until the pain subsides or else it could lead to hair loss. I can't say when the pain will stop because it depends on how it was done, your scalp & the braids. However, normally, the pain is supposed to stop in two days. If you are still in so much pain don't hesitate to take them off. Braids that long & that painful can be VERY uncomfortable. Next time, make sure the braids are not that tight especially if you want them that long.
      Hope that helps :)

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  11. Hi. I am interested in getting box braids a little shorter than waist length, and my hair is very short (near about 3 inches in the front, slightly longer in the back) and natural. Is there a recommended length to grow your hair prior to getting box braids? Is there a way the hair should be treated prior to getting braids? For example, I've heard flat ironing makes hair easier to section, part,and braid but is that necessary or can my hair be braided in its natural state? Also, is Kanekalon the best brand of hair to use for braiding or does it really not matter too much?

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    1. It Is easier to part and section better when flat iorned, but I recommend to keep it natural. Shampoo and Deep condition your hair before applying box braids. Let hair air dry. use a rat tail comb for parting and hair clips to help separate the sections. You can use kanekalon yes. I personally prefer synthetic on natural hair because it holds better.

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    2. Hi anonymous. Your hair does not have to be a certain length before you can do box braids, as long as it's long enough to braid with extensions. Before getting box braids, be sure to cleanse, deep condition, detangle, moisturize & seal your hair. Yes, your hair can be braided in it's natural state just be sure to detangle with proper detangling tools. I would not recommend flat ironing because it is unnecessary. Kanekalon is good enough for box braids. There is no need to use real hair.
      I hope that helps :)
      Feel free to ask any other questions you may have

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  12. Hi i've been getting box braids for as long as i can remember and i am now suffering from edge thinning, and hair line receding. I stopped braiding my edges when i get box braids and i have seen that they are growing back slowly. My question is how should i treat my hair while in box braids. What are the best product to use to help my hair grow back while preserving and growing my edges as well. I read that Jamaican c. Oil helps re grow edges, would you recommend using this while box braids are in?

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    1. Hi Tia. It's good you have stopped braiding your edges. Why don't you also consider giving your hair a break from box braids every so often? It's not only your edges that can start thinning. While your hair is in braids, check out this post. I have heard great things on Jamaican Castor oil. Generally, castor oil helps with hair growth. You can use it to massage your edges & the rest of your scalp with or without box braids. For more tips on hair growth check out this post.
      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask any other questions you may have.

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  13. Hi im getting boxbraids for thevfirst time and i was wondering do you need a special type of hair type to go swimming in. Also after swimming, can you dry the braids with a dryer or should i let them air dry.

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    1. Hi. Kanekalon is ok for box braids and good for swimming in. After swimming, make sure to wash with a moisturizing conditioner and it's best to let air dry. It doesn't take long. Drying with a dryer can cause damage to your hair along with chlorine.
      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate any other questions you may have

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  14. Thank you for replyng. I havejust one other question before going to get my hair box braided, i am going to wash it.mshould i straigten it after my hair dries or should just dry it and leave it?

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    1. Hi. It's a pleasure.
      You don't have to straighten your hair but be sure to detangle and STRETCH it by braiding, twisting or banding prior to braiding.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask any more questions you may have

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  15. Hey! I hope that you read this within the next few hours. As we speak, I am removing my yarn braids that I've had in since late Jan/early Feb. I know it's waaaaaaay too long, but every time I designated time to take them out sooner, something came up. I'm about 1/3 done so far. I have a lot of new growth, but it feels like my hair practically locked at the point where the braid and my hair met (the dandruff clump). I know my hair will shed, but I'm afraid of losing all this hard earned new growth....lol. Any suggestions on what to do?

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    1. If it Helps, my braids were waist length in the back and belly-button length in the front.

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    2. Hey Anon! I was out all day & only got home to see your message. To loose a minimal amount of your hair, I would advice you to:

      1. put your hair in sections
      2. apply a lot of conditioner (leave in, daily moisturizer---anything with slip) to each section
      3.carefully detangle each section with your fingers (and a wide tooth comb when needed)

      You need a lot of patience, time and product but it should do the trick.

      After that, wash carefully, deep condition and can condition some more.

      Hope that helps :)
      Hope I didn't get you too late though. I would like to know how it goes

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  16. Hey!
    I had senegalese twists installed yesterday. The stylist did them extremely tight and i wished I would have told her to be a little more easy, but God knows I will the next time i get any braids/twists. Anywho, my head is in pain like nobody's business! My twists are waist length, which makes the pain worse, because I ant move. Is there anything i can do about the pain? i have work tomorrow and i may have to pull them up (i work with food)but my head hurts too bad. I don't know what to do! is there anything you suggest?

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    1. Hey Anon!! That does sound really painful. I'm sorry about that. For now, I'd advice you to oil your scalp with olive oil diluted in a carrier oil (a few drops of tea tree is ok in a cup or so of olive oil BUT PLEASE do some research on essential oils if you are pregnant, sick, feeding or have suffered from allergic reactions in the past). This helps alleviate itching which could make your scalp hurt more. You could also just use plain olive oil.
      You can put a ice pack, wrapped in towel over your head. It also helps. When going to work, try to put your hair in a loose scrunchie and don't pull it up or pull it tight. It'll only make it worse. If it really doesn't get better, don't hesitate to remove them.
      I really hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask any more questions you may have

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  17. i have a few simple questions .
    1. I have thin hair kinda , could i still get box braids ??
    2. I sweat on my scalp when i play basketball could you give me a way to take care of the braids ?
    3.I get my hair done saturday , but i have a basketball game on monday afternoon , what hair style could i do to manage the braids ?
    4. If i am trying to prevent hairline thinning , do i just ask whoever is doing my hair not to do it tight around my edges ???
    Could you please help me and give me advice on my questions ASAP :)

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    1. Hi Anon.
      1. You can get box braids as long as your hair is healthy. Just make sure you the extensions for each section are not too heavy for your hair.
      2. You will have to wash your scalp/braids. I would say, weekly to 2/ a week depending on how much basketball you play. Check out this post on how to wash box braids.
      3. I would advice you to hold the braids with a very loose scrunchie then braid to the end. Hold with a hair band. This will keep the braids out of the way and free from any tension. Don't pull it up in a bun, or in a pony tail.
      4. To prevent your hairline from thinning, it is wise to tell your stylist to avoid styling them if they are weak or really short. If they are long enough, tell the person to not braid them too tight.
      Be watchful and attentive while getting them done. If you feel the braids are too tight, speak up.

      I really hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask any more questions you may have

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  18. Jazzmin WilliamsJuly 21, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    Thanks for this article... I'm mixed and just finished going natural and cutting off all the relaxed hair. I have a mid sized fro but very, very thick hair. I haven't had box braids since I was a kid but now I want the long, thick solange braids. Do you recommend against the thick and/or long if you have thick hair? Also, I live in Hawaii and Im wondering is the procedure for swimming in salt water the same as what you recommended for pool swimming? Thanks for all the other great tips I'm getting them done Monday and will try to make sure she doesn't do them too tight.

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    1. Hi Jazzmin. Congratulations on your staying natural!
      Concerning thick braids, it shouldn't be a problem as long as he braids are not too thick compares to your hair & aren't too heavy for your scalp.
      Yes, the procedure of swimming in salt water is the same as what I recommended for pools.
      It's a pleasure sis! I'd love to know how it goes.
      Hope that helps :) Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have.

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  19. Hey!

    Next week, I will be getting box braids for the very first time and I've already been notified about the basics of keeping them mosturized, washing them, & wrapping your hair up at night but I'm very unsure about the products I should use to maintain them. Also, what should be the routine for washing them & mosturizing my scalp? I asked my hair dresser about getting my box braids & she said I should be able to keep them for 3 months because my hair is very thick and coarse but I read where you talked about suffering from breakage if you keep your braids in for too long so, I would like to know how long you would suggest for me to keep them in.

    Thank you for the tips. (:

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    1. Hi Anon!
      Firstly, for washing, use moisturizing shampoos. Try avoiding the ones with harsh surfactants like Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate. Use a very moisturizing conditioner (and a cheap one since you'll be needing a lot of it). You can moisturize daily, or as you wish, with an homemade spray consisting of water/glycerin/oils. Oil as needed. If you have dry scalp, then try oiling at least once a week. I'd advice on washing once a week or at least once every 2 weeks. For more on how to wash box braids check out this post.
      How thick your hair is has got nothing to do with how long you can keep box braids. 3 months is quite long to keep box braids. Two months is still ok. If you really want to keep them for a long time, I wouldn't advice you going past 2 months. Prolonged wearing of box braids can lead to breakage because your hair wouldn't be getting all the TLC it needs.
      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  20. Hi,

    I did the big chop November of 2011. I got kinky twists twice. The last time I got them, I decided to learn my hair. For the past two months, I have been twisting my hair. I will leave it twisted for either 1-2 weeks, and then rock a twist out the last week. However, I can see where it is breaking off or thinning around the front of my hairline. I'm not sure what I did. I want to get box braids but I'm not sure if braids are a smart move right now. What do you recommend?

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    1. Hi Anon!
      If your edges are thinning it most likely means they are suffering from too much tension. I would advice you to put off the box braids for now. Nurture your edges because failing to do so could lead to permanent hair loss. Keep a healthy hair regimen. Observe your hair and see what it needs.
      Check out this post for help with hair growth.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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    2. Thankyou for your quick response! I didn't realize that I was adding tension by twisting my own hair. I was thinking about doing small twists in my hair. But should I stop twisting my hair since its putting tension on my hair?

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    3. Hi Anon. It's a pleasure. I don't believe it's the twisting that has added the tension but the braids you had done before.
      Twisting is a good protective style. You should be able to do small twists depending on your hair. I'd advice you do that for a while & tend to your edges before attempting box braids.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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    4. THANKYOU SO MUCH!!!!!

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  21. i just got my braids done about two days ago , and i have been doing alot of physical activity such as running and playing basketball alot.. i am feally scared that my hair is going to break off.. if i keep it clean and moisterized like im suppose to will that help it not break off ??? any advice for me ? .. my braids are kinda heavy and my hair isnt really thick either.. im just in need of any advoce you could give me !

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    1. Hi Anon!
      Cleansing your scalp properly important for healthy hair growth. All your physical exercise will cause sweat to build up on your scalp and clog it if you don't wash your hair. I advice you to wash at least once a week with a moisturizing shampoo and apply a conditioner. For more on how to wash box braids check out this post. Moisturize daily too and your hair should be just fine.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  22. Ok,its the first time I've had box braids, the front part of my hair is looking pretty rusty & my hair is dirty & I have big box braids & I've bought all the materials to wash it (probably by the time you reply I'd have washed it already) Do you recommend anything for me to straighten up the front of my hair after I wash it?

    PS I had NO clue how to wash box braids, I Googled it & your blog popped up...HUGE lifesaver! Thanks!

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    1. Hi Noelle!!
      I am glad the post is of help.
      I don't really understand your question. You want to straighten which part of your hair? If your braids are already looking old, there is nothing you can do to it than to make the most of the time left wearing them by accessorizing with scarfs and bands to cover up your hair in the front.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  23. Hi Funbi,
    I plan on getting box braids on Friday and would like to know which brand is the best to get. I went to the beauty supply and saw the kanekalon hair but I am nervous about how the ends will turn out. I love how Solange Knowles has the ends of her box braids,smooth and not puffy. Can I please get some recommendations.. anything will help?

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    1. Hi Debra!
      I always use kanekalon and the ends come out just fine : smooth not puffy at all. I dip the ends in hot water after getting the braids done to really get it smooth. That does the job and it stays that way for as long as I wear the braids.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  24. hi.i'm thinking bout getting box braids.i recently permed my hair because i didnt want it to lock up.when i do get braids alot alot of hair comes out.i was wondering how do safely remove them.I usually comb the braids out one by one in removing them becuase its knotted at the root.how do i keep from hair coming out.or do you know any other hairstyles to suggest besides tracks.Back2Skool.

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    1. Hi Anon!
      It seems your main concern is avoiding loosing too much hair when taking out the braids. Knotting & "locking up" is caused by build up from dirt while wearing the braids. To avoid build up, wash your braids regularly. This will keep your hair and the braids neat and clean till you take them down thus avoiding breakage. Check out this post for more on washing box braids.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  25. Hi. I just got my box braids 4 days ago and they are open on the ends. After my hair stylist finish she braided all the box braids together and dipped them in water to give them the curly effect but after I went to sleep and woke up my ends were frizzy.How can i defrizz the open ends of my braids? Also what are some things I can use on my braids for moisture to prevent breakage?
    Thanks in advance!!!

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    1. Hi Anon.
      Try putting the braids (the tips) in hot (has to have just boiled) water (BE CAREFUL WHEN DOING THIS. ASK SOMEONE TO HELP YOU. I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY OF ANY KIND-- wear a towel around your back and neck. do it sitting down and ask the other person to dip the tips of your braids in a bowl of hot water) without braiding them. Dry thoroughly with a towel by pressing against the braids NOT rubbing! This should deal with it.
      Try a simple homemade water/glycerin/olive oil mix for moisture and you can also use a cream moisturize in addition especially after washes.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  26. I recently cut my hair really short. How long should my hair be ideally for box braids?

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    1. Hi Anon.
      Your hair does not have to be at any length to be braided..as long as it is long enough to put in braids.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  27. Heyy ok soo I want to get long thick box braids down to my waist(solange hair) I'm transitioning and I was planning on cutting my permed ends off before putting in the braids since its only like an inch or two left but I'm just being stubborn. I'm used to long hair so I'm scared of the shortness even though it kinda is short now (like collar bone length close to shoulder) 1)do yu think I should cut the ends..??.. So I'm going to college and I don't have time to spend hours on doing my hair (yes it takes me that long) because I want to start off with a boom getting that high GPA. I'm going to be playing lacrosse in college so I will be running and training a lot which means I'll be sweating a whole lot so a big issue is that I'm worried about my edges or my hair falling out!!! I don't want to go bald just because I'm lazy so my question is 2) do you think I should do long thick box braids down to my waist..??..maybe I can tell her not tight and leave some of the little tiny edges out so I can just slick it back..??.. (I'm kinda short btw 5'1 if you consider tht short n so the distance from my head to my waist is like 25inches. And knowing me I won't keep it in for that long because I'll be dying to take it out after like 2weeks) oo and I don't do weave or anything like that daily..or ever I should say. I hardly touch my hair..I don't even comb it unless I'm washing it(I do bantu knots and leave it in a mohawk for like a week because I'm just that lazy) lol and I found a way to detangle without losing hair so I'm good. Sorry I'm babbling I didn't mean for it to be that long but I appreciate your answers pleasee!! Thank you!!! :)

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  28. Oooo and I forgot I'll be playing lacrosse and I want to go swimming and stuff but I don't know if I should get my hair wet because the weave will wrap tighter around my hair right..??.. Idk if that's true

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    1. Hi Anon.
      Firstly, congrats on your transitioning. About cutting your ends, that is entirely up to you. Cut them when you are comfortable with the length and as long as the two textures together are not posing a problem then it's ok.
      Secondly, the length of your braids is also up to you. Just don't make them too heavy because the tension can cause hair loss. So if you are going to be pulling them back a lot, be sure to not make them heavy. Remember to wash as often as you can too if you are going to be doing a lot sports especially in the pool. You can't do without getting your hair wet in the pool and because it would be best if you washed them often. NO the extension will not wrap tighter around your hair...that sounds like a far fetched myth because the water in fact would make the extensions expand not contract.
      Thirdly, about your edges. I'd advice you to leave the weak or short ones out and you can tame them with a product.

      I hope I've covered everything :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  29. Hey , I am in the band & I need some braids that will last the season . Which do you think I should get Box Braids , Micros , Kinky Twist , Senegalese or Box Braids?

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    1. Hi Anon.
      Box braids last the longest & impart less to zero damage however, I would not advice leaving them for a whole season.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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    2. How do I wash & keep my Box braids looking good?

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    3. Hi Anon.
      To wash your box braids check out this post.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  30. I've been reading bout box braids and I found a lot of your responses very helpful. I started on my own hair for the first time and its looking good so far. Thanks for your site.

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    1. Hi Anon.
      Glad the blog has been helpful!
      Wow, that's great!! Keep up the good work! :)

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  31. Hi, so I'm gonna get box braids on Tuesday and this advice really helps. I wanted to do this before I become natural since my hair is very damaged from chlorine a couple of years ago. Will box braids help my growth a little bit since I won't be straightening it all the time? Also, how do you wrap the braided hair, I don't know if that's an easy process to do. And, is Olive oil really the best for hair? I heard that it dries hair very quick.

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    1. Hi Anon.
      Congrats on your transitioning.
      Box braids are a great way to avoid manipulating the hair thus retaining as much growth as possible though the box braids don't "grow the hair" themselves. Proper care and handling is key to growing and maintaining length. Avoid straightening your hair because, as I'm sure you already know, it causes (worsens) damage.
      To sleep at night, wrap at least your edges with a satin scarf. If it's big enough, use it for your whole head and put the braids in a loose but high bun/ponytail so you can sleep at properly.
      Olive oil is great for the hair. No it does not dry hair out when used properly (used on top of a moisturizing agent and not alone).

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  32. I'm thinking about getting box braids. I won't be going to a shop, though and I'm letting someone install them at thier home. My hair is in good condition currently and I don't want my edges ruined, what is the likelihood that my hair will be damaged (if I properly maintain it)?

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    1. Hi Anon.
      It's not just about maintaining them it's also about how they will be done. Even when maintained well, the tension caused by the weight of the braids can have serious effects on the edges. The longer & stronger your edges are the better.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  33. I had some box braids in at the start of this month, i've also been taking a multivitamin and folic acid to make my hair grow & i've only noticed a difference in my edges but my hair itself hasn't grown at all :( (I checked)
    I'm thinking of keeping my braids in till october whilst taking the pills, i've also been taking good care of my hair & doing oil treatments.
    Can you give me an estimate of how long my hair will grow?
    I'm trying to get to mbl from sl

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    1. Hi Anon.
      I am surprised your edges would grow and the other parts of your hair wouldn't. I strongly doubt it. Your hair must be growing. Checking hair growth while hair is in box braids is highly imprecise.
      I cannot tell you how long your hair will grow. That's impossible because it depends on your genes, health, hair regimen etc. However, hair grows on average 1/2 inch per month.
      I'd advice you to focus on healthy hair rather than length because length comes with healthy hair (in time) but this is not always true the other way round.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  34. Hey! I wanted to get some box braids...the last time I got them it was a last mint thing so I had to run to sally's (never use their hair) hair..ugh terrible choice it was synthetic so it tangle up...I wanted to knw any good type of hair for box braids I would like to try human hair just Ned aime braids to look for! Thnks so much!

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    1. Hi nia d!

      I'm surprised the hair got tangled. It must have been really poor quality. I normally use 100% kanekalon and it works great. No tangles or anything. You can also use human hair but it can be quite costly for box braids.
      I'd advice you to try another brand 100% kanekalon hair but try feeling it in the shop (ask the owner) with your fingers. Brush it with your fingers and if it tangles or has knots avoid it. The brand I use says no tangles on the package and it is really smooth.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  35. Hello,

    How do I moisturize my edges while wearing braids? It's such a "short distance" between hairline and braids, and I'm not sure if I'm effectively moisturizing it. Any help offered will be appreciated oh and sorry if you already answered elsewhere.

    Thanks in advance,

    C.A.

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    1. Hi Anon.
      To moisturize your edges, you can use a water based moisturizer ( a leave in for example) by gently applying a bit to your edges. Moisturize as needed.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  36. hello,
    I'm thinking about getting waist length or hip length box braids, but i was wondering can i get them? My hair hasn't been relaxed since around june7th and it's now september 2nd. I haven't used heat since june 21st. I have a few split ends, but that's it. My hair stops between bra- strap length and mid back length. If i get it, will it cause damage or excessive shedding? What do you suggest? I need help. ahhh!
    I can't wait to hear from you!. Thank you soooooo much!
    -Lea
    Sav, GA

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    1. Hi Lea.

      Your hair sounds like it's in good condition for box braids. Just make sure to cleanse, DC, moisturize, and seal before getting the braids. Also try getting a trim to avoid making your split ends worse. Excess shedding should not be a problem if you care for your braids properly and if you didn't have a problem with it prior to the braids.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  37. Hi I am considering getting synagelise twist, like Beyonce in 'The Fighting Temptations,' however, I have thin edges. I've always had thin edges, and I relax my hair about ever 17 weeks. Do you think it's a wise choice to get the twist? Also, what kind of hair should I use? I would like my braids to look like Beyonce's, with the same length and texture. Thank you for your help, I really appreciate it.

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    1. Hi Anon.
      If you have thin edges, I'd advice you to stay away from heavy extensions however, if you are going to get them...leave out your edges. Kanekalon is fine for senegalese twists you might just need a really skilled hair stylist to make them look the way you wish.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  38. Hello Funbi !!!
    Can you help me!!! I have very dry scalp... Everytime I box braid my hair...within a week.... I have dry flakes and horrible buildup on the starting point or the beginning of my braids... I wash my hair prior and I also oil my scalp with vitamin E. When I try to wash the braids....the flakes and flaky ugly buildup gets worst and I usually have2 take out my box braids 2 1/2 to 3 weeks later.. .which is a waste of money... I work 2 jobs and have 2 children so I dont have alot of time for maintenance or for any other style...I have ear neck length hair and my hair is relaxed.... Also I do have dandruff/or flaky scalp... When I wear my hair out the oil usually controls it a bit... I have giant scar on my head from an accident so I dont like wearing cornrows!!! PLEASE HELP!!! Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!! Thank you in advance!!!!! Isa

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    1. Hi Anon!
      My advice to you would be to deal with your dandruff and all your other scalp issues or else you will keep getting buildup. You can easily do this with a simple oil mix. Essential oils such as rosemary, tea tree, patchouli, ylang ylang get rid of dandruff (PLEASE DO YOUR RESEARCH ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS. CONSULT A DOCTOR IF YOU HAVE ANY SICKNESS AT ALL). OIls like neem, jojoba and olive are great against dandruff. I understand you don't have much time on your hands...maybe you should try treating your hair while in braids with the mix of oils so you save time.

      I REALLY HOPE that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  39. Errrm hi im thinking about getting box braids and i have heard about kanekalon but where can i get it from?

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    1. and how much would they cost me

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    2. Hi Anon.
      You should be able to get kanekalon from any (black) beauty shop. It's pretty cheap too.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  40. I really want box braids but I want to go natural but the thing is I have not had a perm in about 2months but should I wait to got natural and get the big chop then the braids or get the braids & go natural after my hair goes some

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    1. Hi Anon.
      When you do the the big chop or whether you stay natural is solely YOUR choice. If you would like to transition you can get the braids before the BC if not you can do the BC and get the braids. Either is fine. Just make sure it's YOUR choice.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  41. Hello, I've had box braids since Sept 16th and I'm starting to take them out and at the start of the braid my hair is in a ball and is falling out. What should I do. I'm trying to do the natural thing I haven't had a relaxer since June 28th.

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    1. sorry typo got box braids on August 16th

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    2. Hey Dee!
      You need to detangle with lots of conditioner. DO NOT try shampooing before conditioning or else your hair could get really matted. Avoid using combs at first...begin with your fingers.
      You need to detangle your hair properly before and after box braids.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  42. Thanks for the info. Im taking them out little by little. I just started around the edges and when i take them out I have just strings of hair left. So does this mean I should just go with the Big Chop or what can I use to start my edges to get bach healthy and strong?

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    1. Hi Dee.
      It's a pleasure. If you are comfortable enough to do the big chop, I fully encourage you to. However, you can also help your hair grow out by letting it rest from braids and and by treating it accordingly.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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    2. Thanks Funbi.What's a good conditoner to use on my hair and something were its not so brittle and dry lookin.

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    3. It depends on your hair. There is no universally good conditioner but only conditioners with good ingredients. Play around with a few conditioner and see how your hair responds..
      I hope that helps. Please do not hesitate to ask any more questions you may have.

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  43. Hello I have naturally long hair without extensions and I box braided my hair and kept it in for about a month. Right now I'm taking it out but conditioner doesn't really help me take mines out. Do you have any other ideas. I have a lot of thick hair but do not straighten it often. Taking out my braids takes me about a day or two, depending on whether I fell up to taking it out or not. My hair gets tangled really fast even if I just combed it out and started to take out another braid. Have any ideas?

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    1. Hi Chanelle.

      Firstly, it depends which conditioner you are using. Secondly, you should not put the conditioner on the braids you have not undone. Thirdly, I would advice you to spray the braids with a bit of water + conditioner mix or just plain water before undoing them to stop them from tangling. After undoing the braids, apply a bit of shea butter (or any other natural butter) tie or twist them in sections as you go to avoid tangling and knots.
      This should help.
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  44. Hi! I was wondering what length of braid extensions I should buy if I want braids a little bit below the waist?

    Nigerians are awesome btw ^^ (You ARE nigerian right?...itll be really awkward if ur not lol...)

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    1. Hi Ify.
      You can get the usual ones (nearly 1 meter I think) just don't cut them in two.
      Hope that helps. Don't hesitate to as any other questions you may have.

      Yes indeed I am Nigerian :) and so are you right?

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    2. Yes oh! I am a conc Naija pikin :)
      Thank you! ^^

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  45. Hi, I am Somali with naturally curly hair, and the texture is pretty soft and reaches just under my shoulders. I can do a lot of things with my hair , but I really wanted to try box braids because I really love the style and I could do with a new look. I want box braids that reach my waist, but the Solange type , just slightly thinner than hers. If I get them would they damage my hair? I'd most probably wear them down a lot of the time. Also, if I ask my hair dresser to do them loose would it cause damage? I'd only want to keep them for 6 weeks max. Thanks. :)

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    1. Hi Anon.
      There is always a possibility of breakage. Whether it happens or not and to what extent depends on how you care for your hair. Wearing your hair down and not making the braids thick is a great way to avoid breakage.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  46. My hair's about an inch long and natural (finally lol). I'm mixed and don't have afro hair, my hair is pretty thick and soft. I'm planning on getting box braids around my birthday next month (Nov. 17) and I was wondering if it would be long enough for braids to last a few months.

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    1. Hi Anon.
      How long you leave the braids in does not depend on the length of your hair. Just ask your stylist to put them in firmly to avoid them coming off.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  47. Hello,

    I have an appointment to get box braids tommorrow. I have been natural for about 3 months now and my hair is growing pretty good (about 3 inches), except for the back next to my neck line. Will it be okay to get the braids, but not have the them braid the back? It's very short back there, and I do not want to make it worse by having my hair pulled and eventually break off. I hope this makes sense. Your help would greatly be appreciated. Thank you

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    1. One more question. My scalp itches a lot, especially in the crown area. Is there a certain product I can use to help the itching? My hair use to break off a lot in the crown area when I had a relaxer, but since I've went natural, my hair doesn't itch as bad and so far no breakage. Thank you, Anne...

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    2. Hi Anne.
      Congrats on staying natural. Your idea sounds great because it's best to let that part of your scalp totally recover. Concerning your itchy scalp...try a scalp oil that contains essential oils such as rosemary oil and tea tree oil.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  48. This is my first ever getting braids or any extensions of any sort. I really want to get box big braids.My hair is relaxed and although i have nice , full, a little past shoulder length hair i am transitioning. SO far my hair has grown 1 inch but today i washed it and flat ironed it , not too straight but as usual my new growth is very soft. Should i wait till my hair gets frizzy as it easily does, to be able to hold the braids or is it ok?. also i read most of your replies and u said not to leave them in more than 2 months...i was going to leave mine in for 3.Can i burn the ends of the hair to make it neater? , i read articles stating that it is often left loose unless it is unraveling or are micro braids.thanks!

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    1. also one thing ....what is better synthetic hair or human hair?..i dont think i care much about having the fake hair but only if the damage will be about the same with human hair. should i buy human hair if i can afford it or is it jut fine to use the synthetic hair, which i have no issue with?

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    2. Hi Anon.
      To get box braids you don't have to flat iron your hair and it might be beneficial to actually not for the person braiding your hair.
      You can leave them for 3 months just make sure to care for them carefully and properly. However, note that the more you leave box braids the more the risk of breakage is when you take them out.
      From my experience, box braids are not left loose. You can put the ends in hot water (WITH THE HELP OF SOMEONE ELSE!!!) instead of burning them to make them look neater and this does the trick (to me, the hot water trick looks neater than burning it)
      Synthetic hair is just fine for box braids and human hair not necessary at all.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  49. Hello Funbi,
    I did the BIG CHOP and I'm loving it so much. I'm also feeling the Cantu Shea Butter leave in conditoner. Thank you for the info you gave me on my other post. I've learned the hard way not to get braids if my hair isn't healthy enough. So now I'm on the road to Healthy Natural Hair.
    Thank you!!!!

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    1. Hi Dee!
      Congrats on your BC! I am so happy for you!
      It is totally my pleasure to be of help. Don't hesitate to pass by and ask any question you may have.
      Thank you for informing me!

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  50. Hey funbi. I've been wearing box braids and kinky twists for about a year straight. I know I need to let my hair "breathe" but I have found it easier to deal with. I know I may be doing more harm than good so I was wondering if you could give me some alternatives. I have to be up early each day around 4am and I also have a 2yr old that I also have to get ready. So I don't have much time to fuss with my hair. Any suggestions??? Thanks in advance.

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    1. Hi Anon!
      I understand what you mean...being busy, hair is the last thing on the list.
      As an alternative to braids, you can try braiding or twisting your hair without extensions and leave them in for at least two weeks. You can also try buns (which have been really helpful to me) because they don't take long at all (5 minutes max for me). You can also try various plaited styles with your hair or extensions etc... try to be creative and find the styles that suit your lifestyle and time. You can do box braids and kinky twists but try giving your hair soem time in between each period. For example you can wear box braids for 2 months or so then switch to wearing buns and updos for another month then you can try doign boy braids with your own hair for another 2 or 3 weeks then you can try doing kinky twists or box braids again.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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    2. Thank u so much for the advice! !

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  51. I just put in waist length box braids. What should i do to the ends? I used Kanekalon hair and it's bushy , how can i get it to look neater?

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    1. Hi Anon.
      Put the ends in hot water (DO NOT DO IT ALONE!! GET SOMEONE TO HELP YOU)

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  52. Hi. You seem so kind and informative in your responses, that I want to ask a question too. I am living in a different country and have decided to go natural. My hair is growing. Especially parts that have thinned out because of perming. But the problem is, I keep putting my hair in the same style all of the time because I don't know what to do with it. My edges have thinned out a bit because I put it up in tight buns too often. Now I am wearing loser styles, but I feel like my hair looks very unattractive. I was thinking of braids but I am scared of the possibility of my hair coming out - especially on the edges. Would you suggest wigs?

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    1. Hey Anon.
      It's a pleasure to be of help.
      Congrats on your staying natural.
      To avoid your edges from thinning you have to wear loser styles. Wigs and protective styles are ok but you have to care for your in between and give it some "breathing" time. I don't have anything against wigs but it can make the wearer forget about her hair's health. Braids can also cause thinning edges.
      Why do you feel your hair is unattractive? Maybe wearing a style you are comfortable with could help...there are lots of styles to choose from.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  53. Hi! I'm currently transitioning and have been for about 5 months. I want box braids because of the look and my mother tells me it might be better for my hair. I haven't had braids since I was in the 5th grade. I am very worried that that the box braids will hurt my head a lot(I'm "tender-headed" lol :p) so I have also considered Senegalese twists as well. I am also an impatient person and I've done my research and I've that the twists don't take as long as the braids, so I need your help on deciding. Next, I am a sophomore in high school and also a cheerleader. It is mandatory that our hair is pulled up every practice and game. I'm afraid that that will lead to tension within the scalp and the edges and might potentially lead to hair loss. Third, my hair isn't at it's best state. My relaxed ends are brittle, my hair sheds, and that has lead to some breakage. Fortunately, I am getting my hair professionally flat ironed and trimmed this afternoon and I'm hoping and praying that that will "heal" my hair before I am able to get the braids or twists. I'm wanting to get my braids/twists sometime around Thanksgiving break!
    -PLEASE HELP :) thanks in advance,
    Kori :)

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  54. Oh yeah I almost forgot! I need help with deciding which moisturizer products/techniques and washing technique/products are best for me. And how often do I do so.
    Thanks again lol :)

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    1. Hi KoriNicole.
      Congrats on your transitioning!
      Firstly, twists take don't take as long as braids and if you are tender headed they might be best. They are also much lighter than box braids.
      Secondly, try low pony tails (especially at first) and avoid always doing tight ones.
      Thirdly, if you are still dealing with breakage and trying to nurse your hair back to health, I do not advice either twists your box braids because this could worsen the state of your hair unless you do them for short periods and tend to your hair in between. Flat ironing does not in any way "heal" the hair but rather you are exposing your hair to more chances of getting damaged. Try staying away from heat from now...brittle hair is very dry hair and heat dries the hair the more. It helps hide the breakage but does nothing to deal with it rather it can make it worse.
      If you are thinking of cutting of your relaxed ends soon, then it's ok but avoid flat ironing your new growth and take care of your hair while in twisted.

      About moisturizing and techniques...I'd advice looking for products with non harmful ingredients...can you be specific about what you would like to know about washing/technique?

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  55. So my hairs an 1.5 in long are you sure the stylist( she's African and has tons of experience) can box braid hair that short? I made my appointment and I'm scared that she can't.

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    1. Hi Anon.
      She should be able to.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  56. Hi, I like the blog because of the experience! I'm getting box braids in about 5 weeks and I have yet to buy the hair. I want my braids to be down to my back and I'm about 4'11. This is my first time getting box braids and I'm unsure how many packs hair to get, I will be using synthetic hair and I will also be keeping my hair in for about 3 and a half months basically all winter long. I'm natural but I swear I still have a little perm left in my hair. I'm nervous BUT excited. I heard that box braids are good transitional/protective style for women with natural hair. Please let me know your thoughts.Plus, I have to go to the hair salon to get my hair straighten because when my all drys its too curly.

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    1. Hi Monica.
      The quantity of hair you get depends on how (thick/long) you want the box braids it also depends on the brand you are using. Box braids are a great protective style providing you take good care of your hair while wearing them. Try stretching your hair without heat by braiding your hair because heat can be damaging and drying to the hair. Other than that, go for it!

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  57. Hello. My hair is relaxed and mabe one and a half natural. My hair is touching my shoulder blades. i wanted to no if i should get long Solonge box braids that are medium sized. I tried ur test for seeing if my hair has elesticness and it passed the test...so should i get it that long?

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    1. Hi Anon.
      The length of your braids are your decision. The healthier your hair the better. Just try to not pull the braids too much.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  58. one in a half inches long in new growth

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  59. Hi I have badly heat damaged relaxed hair with about 1/2 inch of new growth. It looks healthy because it's full and shiny but I know it has split ends and heat damage. I'm just tired of it. I really want to do box braids to grow out my natural hair. I want to go natural but don't want to rock the TWA. My hairdresser said to not get ALL my relaxed hair off but braid with a bit of it in. Is this ok? I keep obsessing over it.
    Thank you.
    Your post is so informative. :)

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    1. Hi Anon.
      That sounds like a great idea. You can leave a few inches of your relaxed hair in and braid to transition to natural hair.
      Happy the post is of help :) It's always a pleasure.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  60. Hi, I have shoulder length hair, and I would like to get box braids. Is it possible to get box braids without using extensions?

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    1. Hi Anon.
      You can use your own hair to do box braids. You'll even have less chances of damaging your hair and hairline.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  61. Quick question........is there any possible way to make new growth longer with remedie?????

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    1. Hi Aaliyah.

      Check out this post.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  62. What is the best length for beginners? I want it to be long, but nothing that will damaging my natural hair and scalp from the weight

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    1. Hi Anon.
      Your hair should be long enough to be easily put in braids. That's as far as length requirements go.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  63. Hi Funbi!!! I am trying to decide on whether to get single braids or a sew in weave as a protective style for my hair that is natural and it's like maybe 3" long. So I think that I have decided on the single braids with the Marley braiding hair. However, I am concerned about my edges. I don't wanna thin them out, but I wanna wear these braid for atlease 6-8 weeks. What exactly should I do to help keep my edges safe? Thank you so much!!! Neena

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    1. Hi Neena.
      Try wearing your hair down instead of in tight ponytails. Oil them when you can and give them a quick massage.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  64. Would if your hair is short in the back like, would I still be able to do box braids without my hair being damaged?

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    1. Hi Anon.
      Length is not the issue. As long as you take proper care of your hair before & during the period you wear box braids, your hair should be fine.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  65. I recently did the big chop but I really want to color it get it braided etc. But my main concern is growth. In the past my hair grow a pretty fast but since I cut it I see no change besides my hair is really curly: ) any suggestions this is my second time natural but first big

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    1. HI Starberry.
      Hair grows no matter your hair texture (if you do not suffer from scalp issues). Since curly/kinky hair grown in spiral form and shrinks terribly, it is hard to tell if it is growing or not. Regular length checks should help. It you really are not retaining any length then the issue could be with your ends. You may be suffering from breakage due to damaged ends. By the way, coloring your hair can lead to breakage. Check out this post for more information about hair growth.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  66. YAY NAIJA! My name is Bisi and I've been natural for 5 years now. I got box braids last summer using 4 packs of expression hair; they were soft and I absolutely loved them but they were so heavy. I'd like to do box braids again but I don't want them as heavy as they were, so do you have any recommendations as to what type of hair to use to make box braids feel lighter? Also are Marley twists lighter than box braids? I'm considering that style as well because I really love how natural they look.

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    1. Hi Bisi!
      YAY to Naija indeed! :) Always glad to meet another Naija bro or sis.
      Marley twists are either just as heavy or heavier depending on the thickness and hair used.
      Kanekalon are the lightest for box braids. TO avoid them being too heavy you can make the braids thinner and not so long.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  67. Hiii...I love how patient you are with your responses. I have a question too. I'm transitioning (have been for 3 months) however, my relaxed hair is quite damaged. My new growth is coming in fine though, staying conditioned and all so some soft curls are appearing. I know getting braids in damaged hair is not advisable but what about if the damaged (relaxed) hair is just going to cut off afterwards? I just need something to hide the "transitioning stage". Thanks for any advise :)

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    1. Hi Anon.
      It's always my pleasure to be of help. The problem with leaving with damaged ends is that they will cause more damage : the damage will extend to the rest of the strand (even to the natural hair) and when it breaks off, the natural hair will also be damaged (split ends). I advice you to cut off the damaged ends and braid your hair to "hide" the "transitioning stage".

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  68. hello, I was wondering if I got waist (or a little longer) length box braids, would i be able to go swimming. I mean they get really heavy when wet, I'm just wondering if I will drown? And sorry not trying to ask a dumb question, Im just kinda worried :/ Oh and thanks in advance!

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    1. Hi Anon.
      No question is dumb. Box braids do get really heavy when wet. If you can already swim well, it's not drowning you should be worried about but the discomfort of pulling all that heavy hair in the water. I'd advice you to just wear a high bun so your hair won't have to touch the water unnecessarily.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  69. Hi! I just got box braids 2 days ago but i didn't know that they are heavy can i still leave them on for another 6-7 weeks ?

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    1. Hi Anon!
      As long as you're comfortable & take good care of them, then yes.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  70. Hi, I shaved my hair off a while ago and now have been growing it natural. think my hair is now about 5cms long. was thinking of getting box braids. do you think its too early to braid it???

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    1. Hi Anon.
      As long as your hair is long enough to braid then it's okay to braid.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  71. Btw can heavy braids break your hair?

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    1. Hi Anon.
      The tension caused by heavy braids can cause hair loss.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  72. Hi,I got my hair braided about 2 weeks ago and I have noticed that a little section of my real hair at the back (nape area) is visible,it's about half an inch so it's too small for me to braid.I was wondering if you have any advise on how I can promote growth and retain length in this sections until it is long enough for me to braid.

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    1. Hi Anon.
      Check out this post on hair growth!

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  73. Hi! I've always had trouble with my hair growth. My hair has always been short, about at my neck line. Every time I would cut it, it would grow back, but it wouldn't grow past my neck line. So I decided to transition to natural. I've been transitioning for about 10 months now, and it only seems like my hair is getting thicker and not longer. About 2 weeks ago I decided to get box braids to help my hair growth, and I have a few questions. With box braids, how often should I wash my hair? With my natural hair, I wash my hair every week, and I didn't know if maybe that was too much. I was thinking about maybe washing my box braids every two weeks.

    Also, what shampoo and conditioner products are best to use for natural hair? I've been struggling for 10 months trying to find products that really work for me.

    And my last question is, what hair styles work best for transitioning/natural hair? I use to get blow outs every two weeks until I realized that too much heat isn't good for my hair, so for a while after that I did roller sets in my hair, but I'm starting to get a little tired of wearing my hair in the same style all of the time. I'm not sure what style I should do with my hair after I take my braids out.

    Thanks so much!

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    1. Hi Kirah.
      Sounds like you have trouble retaining length. Check out this postt for more on hair growth.
      About your questions:
      -Every two weeks sounds fine for washing your box braids.
      -it's normal to take time finding the products that work for YOU. I make my own natural product line & that's what I use. My hair loves them. However, try using products without harsh surfactants, silicones, mineral oil and other suffocating or drying ingredients.
      -Heat is not good for our hair so it's best you stop for now. I'd advice you to try playing with braid out, twist outs, two strand twists and such. I'll see if I can make a post on this.

      I truly hope that helps Kirah. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask :)

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    2. I also have another question. I will be taking my box braids out in 2 weeks, and I was wondering what would be the best way for me to take my box braids out without too much of my hair falling out? I've heard of putting conditioner on the braids before taking them out because it's easier, but I'm not so sure about that.

      Thanks!

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    3. Hi Kirah.
      Try a 50/50 mixture of water and conditioner and spray it on the braids lightly. Using conditioner alone might make the take down too messy. Undo the braids gently to avoid any unnecessary breakage.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  74. Hey I'm transitioning from a shavef head I'm mixed so my hair is soft but its thick i only have sbout 1 inch of hair is that long enough to get box braids and I'm worried they will slip because of my hair texture

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    1. Hey Anon.
      As long as your hair is long enough to braid, then it's ok. It should not slip though if done properly.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  75. I'm getting box braids , what's the best hair to use & how much is it ?

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    1. Hi Anon.

      You can use kanekalon or real human hair but the latter is much more expensive. The prices depend on where you live.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  76. Your answers concerning Swimming with braid, answered several of my own questions. Thank for your dedication towards helping other natural sisters!.

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    1. Hi noni!
      It's a pleasure, I'm so glad the post was of help :)
      God bless you

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  77. I am getting box braids in the morning. My stylist said that burned sealed ends last longer and look neater. Is that true? I don't want the burned ends to snag and ruin my clothes. Idk what kind of ends I should get. I also don't know how thick i should get them. What looks the best? I want them waist length bc I am having a baby n a few weeks and I plan on wearing them n a high bun often. Should I b concerned about my edges? I'm going to wear them for about 5 weeks then have then re-done if I like them. Help me lol

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    1. Hi Anon.
      I personally do not like burning the ends of my box braids. My sister has tried it and it does snag at clothes and can be quite annoying. I'd advice you to ask your stylist to put them in hot water (with a lot of care). That settles the matter and the ends will not unravel. If you are opting for a lot of buns, avoid really thick box braids because of the tension to your edges.
      By the way, congratulations on the coming baby :)

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  78. Hi! I'm very interested in getting boxed braids (solange style). I have "Caucasian" hair which is a little past the mid of my back. This would be my first time getting anything like this done. Is there a specific guideline I have to follow since the texture of my hair is different? I want my braids to reach almost by my waiste. It'll be great if you have further knowledge about this! Thanks

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    1. Hi Anon.
      I'd advice you to get a very skilled stylist. Avoid applying (excess, if needed at all) creams to your hair before going to get the box braids done. I'd also advice you to not get real human hair but kanekalon to avoid the hair slipping off.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  79. Hello there, my box braids has been in for 2 weeks. how often can you dip them in hot water? There dry looking and I want them fresh and silky..Thanks in advance! By the way your blog is awesome!!!

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    1. Hi shannon.
      Glad you like the blog :)
      To freshen up your braids, try a mixture of water, glycerin and a light oil. You can spray this on the braids everyday if needed. You can also oil them with your favorite oil. Dipping them in water too often (if it's not to wash them) can easily make them look older than they really are.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  80. Hi. I'm getting box braids in a few days. I have been natural for 19 months now. I have a job where I'm required to wear my hair up and out of my face. How can I wear my box braids up, without damaging my edges or real hair? Thanks (:

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    1. Or what's a different way to wear them so the style is conveinient for work and not damaging to the hair?

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    2. Hi Anon.
      You can try buns but do not tighten them. Pony tails are also great. But to avoid excess tension to your edges, try wearing low ponytails, fish tails and other low tension styles every once in a while.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  81. Hello,

    I have short hair, a mushroom cut to be exact. Would it be hard for me to get box braids with short hair? should i even get them because my hair is so short? will it be easier for the braids to come out because of my short hair?

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    1. Hi Sexy Love,
      Your short hair should in no way stop you from getting box braids. As long as they can be put in braids, it's ok. If they are properly done, they should not slip out of the braids.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  82. hey,
    i did my box braids while my hair was straightened because i didn't know it would be easier to do if my hair was curly, when i wash my hair in a couple of days will my box braids get messed up or unravel because i did them when my hair was straightened ?

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    1. Hi Anon.
      No your box braids will not unravel. Your hair might frizz up a bit but it will not get "messed up".

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  83. Hi, I'm getting rope twist singles on my natural hair and I'm kinda of nervous. Last year I got box braids and leave them in for 2 1/2 months and when I took them out I got a patch in my hair. So I was wonder what can cause it and also how long should I keep these rope twist singles in my hair.

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  84. It called Senegalese twist but i say rope twist.

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    1. Hi Shanice.
      I'm sorry about your last experience. Proper care is essential for box braids, twits and such. I advice you to not keep the twists longer than 6 weeks. You should also cleanse & oil your scalp regularly and refrain from pulling the twists into tight styles.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  85. Hello! I hope all is well! I have a question. I am getting box braids in about a month, and I was wondering what is the best size to get my box braids? I like the large size of box braids, but I have heard that having them too big puts too much strain on the hair. Should I just get medium sized braids? Also last week became 1 year transition for me to natural! I'm so excited about it! Because my hair is really thick transitioning has become really hard for me and I haven't become comfortable with wearing my hair curly yet ... I guess because I don't really know what styles to wear it in or mainly I have no idea what to do with my hair. I get blow outs every 2 weeks for about 2 months and then I get box braids and keep them in for 2 months and then I repeat the whole process with blow outs and then box braids. Can you please give me tips on what I should do with my hair? Thanks so much!

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  86. Also, besides the fact that my hair is getting really thick, within the year that I have been transitioning my hair doesn't seem to be growing like I want it to. Is it safe to take pills to help hair growth, do the pills actually work, and if so what pills do you recommend that I take? I've also heard people say that they break the pills open and massage the inside of the pill into their hair ... Does that work?

    BTW - I LOVE your blog! I'm learning so much from it!

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi Sasha.
      Glad to hear the blog is of help :) I am well thank you. I pray the same is for you.
      Congrats on your transitioning! You have come a long way.
      Firstly, the braids should not be too heavy.
      Secondly, instead of always braiding and blowing out your hair, try doing braid/twist outs, updos and such. The heat from the blowouts could damage your hair if it gets too much and the tension from frequent braiding could cause hair loss.
      About the pills, I cannot say because I have never taken any. Please ask a licensed practitioner before taking ANY pill. For your hair growth, check out this post

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  87. if you put box braids in your permed hair, will your permed hair break???

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    1. Hi Mimi.

      The answer is no.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  88. Hi
    I just got solange style box braids for the first time about three days ago. I'm experiencing itching and have been using Eden Bodywork Peppermint Tea tree oil - because it's all natural with a lot of essential oils. Can you recommend anything else to stop the itching? Also I have kankelon hair in - is it the synthetic hair itself causing me itch because I saw on YouTube that it has some type of chemical in it and that's why people wash the hair before installing? I'm also concerned after reading some of your Q&A's about build up after taking off the braids - what's the best way to avoid it besides washing your hair once a week? Can you also recommend me a good moisturizer - right now I'm using Organic Root Stimulater Olive Oil extra rich for dry thirsty hair and V05 salon series leave in conditioner - any thoughts on the two? Thank you in advance

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    1. Hi Anon.
      I recommend using olive oil/coconut oil/jojoba oil. You can add A FEW DROPS of lavender essential oil or tea tree if you have any (be careful with essential oils. Seek medical advice if possible). Kanekalon could be the cause because some react to it but this is not the case most of the time. About build up, washing is the best solution or a simple ACV/water hair rinse. I can't say much about the two products because I've never used them but you can make a simple but effective moisturizer at home with just water, an oil of your choice, glycerin and essential oils if you like.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  89. hey i wear box braids and they have been in for about a month or so but i used braid spray and stuff with olive oil and they dont seem like they are damaging my hair. there is just new growth and my braids are big. should i get them taken out?

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    1. Hi Susan.

      One month is a bit short to wear box braids. If the braids still look good and your hair is doing fine, then I see no reason to take them off now.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  90. Hi I'm going on holiday for a week and am seriously considering getting box braids! As long as I wash and condition my own hair should be fine right? Also my hair is relaxed should I relax it prior to putting the braids in or is it better to do it with a bit of regrowth? I am already going to ask not to have my edges put in so that my hair doesn't break

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    1. Hi Bec.

      As long as you care for the braids, your hair will do just fine. Whether you relax your hair before depends on what's easier for the stylist.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  91. Hi am really wanting box braids but have caucasian type hair its quite thick. But where I live in the uk nobody I know has these kind of braids. I am a trainee hairstylist . Was just wondering if there was any pointers you could give me for getting box braids for my hair type and how long my natural hair should be before getting them as its very short right now .. thanks (I appologise for my terrible grammar and spelling)

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    1. Hi Nathalie.

      You can go ahead and get box braids just make sure you don't part your hair in big sections or small ones and the hair you use should be more than the sections. You should also use synthetic hair because it's not as smooth as real hair (making it less likely to come out). As long as your hair is long enough to braid then it's good for box braids.

      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  92. Hi , first I would like to say this was very helpful, but I have short hair and for the summer I want box braids. I mean my hair is not broken off its even, just in a short style. Do you think I should get them ?

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  93. This was a very helpful article most definately i am getting ready to do my own box braids and i was actually wondering...the last time i did my braids i used 2 and a half packs when i did my twists i used 4 packs so now that i am going back to my box braids i was wondering what the recommended amount of packs would be

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  94. I'm growing my hair out and plan on getting boxing braids again. Approximently how long does it have to be. Im growing a afro.

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