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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Box Braids 101 : Getting Box Braids

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When I first started my research on box braids and was trying to gather enough knowledge to help me decide whether they were beneficial or not for my hair and how to maintain them, I realized there weren't many platforms out there with vital information on how to take care of box braids and what we - those hesitating on whether on not to get them - should know about having box braids.
Well, I have decided to change that. As you all know, I currently have box braids and to help other ladies out there, I am going to be starting a new series based solely on my experience (unless stated otherwise). I believe experience is a really good teacher and I would love to help others out there through my experience.


Today it all about what to do and be cautious about before and while getting box braids.
Before getting box braids, whether you are  natural hair diva or a permed hair beauty, you will need to treat your hair. This prepares your hair for the style and avoids unnecessary breakage. Check out this post on more in debt information about preparing your hair for a long term protective style.


After you have treated your hair and it is ready for the box braids, there are a few things you need to tell your stylist or if you are doing them yourselves, then take note of them :


- Stretch your hair : before attempting to put the braids in your hair, be sure to stretch your hair first. You do not have to straighten it if you are a natural hair diva but stretching is neccessary. Failing to stretch the hair could lead to breakage while putting in the braids and while wearing them not to mention, it will make the braids look un neat. For more about stretching, check out this post. If you stretch your hair properly, you will not need to comb your hair just before braiding. Avoid combing your dry hair because of possible breakage.


- Don't use too much extensions : we all love long braids but please do not go over board with it because the longer your braids, the heavier it will be and the more tension you will be putting on your hair and scalp.  This could lead to thin edges and permanent hair loss. In short, you will tear your hair out if the extensions you use are too heavy.


- Not too tight : try avoiding tightening the hair when starting the braids especially on the edges. This will will lead to major hair loss, especially at the edges and cause scalp irritation. If you find you are in pain it means your braids are too tight.


- Oil your scalp : while braiding, it is best to apply some scalp oil to your scalp or a butter because the scalp will easily get dry especially during the cold months. Dry scalp does not help with hair growth so be sure to oil you scalp well. oiling the scalp also soothes it.


- Don't be quick to pull back the braids : upon finishing the braids, do not pull them back into a pony tail immediately because this could cause unnecessary tension to your hair and irritate your scalp however you can pull them back loosely before going to bed but not into a ponytail. It is best to wait a few days to a week to make the manipulation of the braids easy and avoid unnecessary tension to the hair and scalp.


Are you thinking of getting box braids?
If so, what is your biggest concern about getting them?


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94 comments:

  1. I haven't worn braids since I was pregnant and when I took them out I had soooo much shedding that I kinda of freaked out. After reading you post I now know that I didn't prepare my hair correctly. Thanks for the info.

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  2. @ JenJen : It's always a pleasure sis!! However, the shedding could have been due to your pregnancy.

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  3. I want!!!

    btw, this is Abi Tobi... I can't comment on your blog with my google account :( why??

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  4. @ Anonymous : Hey lady! Sorry about that, blogger acts up sometimes. Yes, feel free to get box braids ;)

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  5. Hey love this blog but dnt you have to do the braids a little tight so the want come out?

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    1. Hey! Thank you! for passing by. Glad the blog is of help.
      The braids don't have to be tight for it to stay in. Many hair stylists can braid without doing it tightly.
      Hope that helps :)

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  6. hi i am thinking about getting box braids for summer vacation. i am going to jamaica. i was wondering how long length wise should they be? i dont want them too long or too short so what would be the perfect length for me? this is my first time ever getting braids and i am very excited. also is there anything i should tell the salon lady who is going to do my hair? and what type of hair do i need? if there is any other information i should know i would be very grateful. sorry that this is so long but i just want to do this right. oh and i relax my hair if that helps for anything. thanks!!

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    1. Hi Anonymous. Firstly, the length of your braids is your choice. Choose a length that suits you but be careful not to make them too heavy. Mid-back length is the most common length. Secondly, be sure to tell your stylist to not do them too tight or braid your edges if they are weak and/or short. Both of these can lead to hair loss. Be very observant as she does it. When you feel the pain is too sharp tell her you are not comfortable! Thirdly, kanekalon hair is fine. It's synthetic and cheap. You don't need real human hair. BEFORE getting the braids, be sure to wash, condition & moisturize your hair! And be sure to take care of your hair & scalp while wearing the braids!
      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you might have ;)

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  7. hi again!! its me June 30,2012!! thanks for answering my question. it was very helpful. about my edges, i think when i do get my braids i'm going to tell the stylist to not braid them to reduce the risk of causing damage. is that a good idea? so after i get my braids all done and what not what do i do? i mean how do i take care of them? is there something i need to do everyday or every night before i go to bed? are there products that i am going to want/need to buy? also how would i tie the braids at night? and when i go to jamaica we are going to be swimming in pools and beached a lot, so is there something i need to do to prepare/protect the braids or would they be fine? sooo sorry AGAIN that this is so long but once again this is my first time and i really really want to do it right. if there is anything else i need to know please add on. thanks a bunch again!!!

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  8. Hi. Glad it was of help. About your edges, I think that's a good idea. It's what I did. About taking care of them, please check out my Box Braids 101 Series. The posts are full of ample information on how to take care of box braids. About products, a simple moisturizing water/glycerin/oil spray should help with moisturizing. Try avoiding braid sprays with ingredients that are not soluble in water (any ingredient that ends with cones). I would advice making a spray at home. Get a moisturizing shampoo too for washes. At night, let your braids down and tie them in the most suitable way possible for you. Try not to pull them & make sure you can sleep with them without pulling them. When it comes to swimming, read this post. After you do take down the braids, you need to wash, deep condition & moisturize your hair because of all the swimming. Take down the braids gently to avoid breakage.
    Hope that helps :)
    Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you might have ;)

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  9. I want to get box braids for a protective style to grow out my hair. So can my box braids be past my bra length or should they be shorter than that?? And how do you take care of them at nite?

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    1. Hi Anon.
      The length of your braids is your choice. Just avoid getting heavy braids.
      At night, tie them loosely and cover (or at least your edges) with a silk scarf (or bonnet if big enough)

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

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    2. I want box braids and I have fine hair I'm mixed race and I was wondering do I still get the weave that othee girls usually get the nappy weave

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    3. Hi Anon.
      Yes you should be able to use any kind of extensions but the ones that mimic black natural hair would be slightly better because they are thicker.
      Hope that helps.

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  10. hey great post but i have a quick question...im transitioning and my edges are thin/weak from wearing buns and ponytails but if i tell the braider not to braid my edges what am i supposed to do with them? leave them fluffy/curly? that doesnt sound very cute lol

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    1. Hi Anon.
      Congrats on your transitioning. If your edges are weak/thin, it's best to let them be. You can gel them..this keeps them tamed & looking "cute".
      But if you do decide to braid them, remember hairless edges are not "cute" either.

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

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  11. Thanks for the great tips. When you take out the braids, what do you advise to do to your hair after if your wanting to but the braids back in? I'm using the braids to transition with out the BC and would like to know how to detangle my hair and prepare for more braids Thanks in advance

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    1. Hi Anon!
      It's a pleasure.
      Congrats on your transitioning.
      To prepare your hair in between braids firstly condition and detangle in sections. Then cleanse with a moisturizing conditioner and finish up with a good deep conditioner to boost moisture levels. Finish with a moisturizing leave in & stretch. I'd advice waiting 2 weeks in between each braiding session to give your scalp a rest.
      Detangle in sections...that is, part your hair in at least 4 parts and detangle each section little by little. To aid detangling, use a moisturizing conditioner with lots of slip.

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

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  12. So I'm getting box braids soon but my biggest concern is them slipping out.The last time I had box braids the braids would come out n I would find braids everywhere.So what hair should I use and are there any tips for me to keep them in long?

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    1. Hi Anon.
      Box braids that are done properly do not normally slip out. If they do, it just means the person that did them does not know how to start braids properly or there was too much grease on your hair & the extensions.
      Plain kanekalon hair does the trick for me.
      To keep them (don't know how long you are opting for) just maintain them with care as you would your own hair.

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

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    2. Thank you and I used wet and wavy human hair because synthetic hair breaks me out.I would also like to know how often should I wash box braids and how do I wash them.I'm planning to keep them for about a month and also what are some good hairstyles for box braids (all I do is a ponytail)

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    3. Hi Anon.
      It's a pleasure.
      I'd advice washing at least once every two weeks. Check out this post on how to wash box braids.
      There are loads of styles to try. Check out this blog.

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

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  13. Hey i have really long and thick hair, it comes to about the middle of my back.I want to get box braids but i really dont want them past my butt so how long should they go?

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    1. Hi Anon.
      How long your braids are is your choice. Whatever you decide, let the braids be at least a few inches longer than your hair.

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

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  14. Hi I was debating about getting box braids for the first time the only problem is my hair is not thick nor has it ever been its kinda thin . Do you think I could still get them or would they slip out? I love long hair so I wanted waist length

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    1. Hi Anon.
      If you want to get braids, I'd advice you to not get heavy ones and don't get your hair braided in small parts. Don't forget to a oid exerting excess tension in your scalp.
      Hope that helps. Don't hesitate to ad any other questions you may have.

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  15. this is my very first time getting them. im extremly tenderheaded so im very nervous that it'll hurt

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    1. Hi Anon.
      Ask your stylist to not make them tight. That should help. Also try applying a natural scalp oil after getting the braids to soothe your scalp.

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

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  16. Hi I am getting the braids next month and I have a few questions: I have 3b-3c hair so I was wondering if I should really stretch my hair? Also, What kind of products do you recommend for the braids, I am really more focused on natural hair products, so do you think there are any homemade sprays I can make for my hair/braids?

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    1. Hey Anon.
      You can stretch your hair naturally to make your hair easier to braid. You can use an homemade spray containing water, oils, an humectant etc...depending on your hair needs.

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

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  17. I am a Zumba instructor who sweats A LOT. Ive been natural 3 years and my hair is a little past my shoulders when stretched out. I just had my first experience with micros and lovedddd the look but the swelling was too much so i took it out after 6 weeks. I was told that mini box braids or sengalenese twists would do much better because they are braided/twisted to the ends and my hair wont swell half as much. Which do you recommend. My hair is 3a,b and c lol

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    1. Hi Anon.
      Firstly, kudos on being a zumba instructor! ;)
      I would recommend senegalese twists because they are lighter. They would make it easier for you to move thus causing less traction.

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

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  18. Hey I did the big chop a few weeks ago, my hair is like 2-3 inch & I am considering box braids since it is cold out, what is a normal length for the braids because i don't want them to my butt, but i still want to be able to style them.

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    1. Hi SilentJ.
      The average length for box braids is bra strap length.

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

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  19. hi i just cut my hair into a pixie style, its been a month now and but the bottom half of my hair is one inch. Can i still get box braids?

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    1. Hi Anon.
      If your hair is long enough to be braided then it's ok :)

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

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  20. Hi I still don't understand the whole "dont braid the edges" exactly how much of your hair is considered the edges?

    Thanx

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    1. Hi Anon.
      The edges are the part of your hair that make up your hair line. They are the most fragile part of your hair & are unique to each person.

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

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  21. Thanks for your answer about the edges.
    New question: I have braids (box braids) for the 1st time. How long does it usually take to get used to the heaviness (Im used to short hair) and how long before the tenderness is gone. Im not in pain, so to speak, but its a little sore.

    Thanks,
    SAND

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    1. Hi Anon.
      It's a pleasure. The tenderness leaves in a week or so. It should be gone by now.

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

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  22. Help I Have Box Braids Now And They Hurt REALLY Bad What Should i Do???

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    1. Hi Anon.

      Do not pull your hair up into any style but stick to just banding the ends of your braids together or braiding them into one big braid. Apply some scalp oil and massage lightly. The pain should die down in a few days to a week or so.

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

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  23. Is it ok to just us water as a moisturizer?

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    1. Hi Anon.
      Water itself moisturizes but without an humectant that moisture will not stay. Try adding some glycerin to water in a spray bottle.

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

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  24. is boxs briads good for swimming??/

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    1. Hi Anon.

      Box braids is compatible with swimming. Just make sure you take proper care of your braids before and after your swim.

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

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  25. Hello, love the useful tips, my question is how can I cut my braids shorter without having the fat blunt look at the end. My box braids are too long and heavy!

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    1. Hi Anon.
      Glad the tips are of help :)
      I'd advice you to put the ends in hot water (GET HELP FOR THIS!!!).

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

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  26. hey, thus blog is awesome but i have some questions! I really want box braids but im concerned that my hair will break. I've never braided my hair before. I have long (about mid-back) and thin hair. I am also natural. I'm not sure how big I should get the braids and how long? I also don't know what type of hair I should get. On top of all this I don't know any styles to do with box braids. I want braids like solange Knowles but I don't know if it'll be healthy for my hair. Thanks so much! sorry for all the questions

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    1. Hi Anon.
      Glad the blog is of help :)
      Firstly, the braids should not be too heavy. That means, not too thick and avoid getting them past your waist.
      Secondly, kanekalon hair will do just fine.
      Thirdly, there are a plethora of styles to play with...just keep exploring and get on the net for inspiration.
      Box braids are as healthy for the hair as they are treated. You have to be careful not to pull your hair in tight styles. You also have t cleanse your scalp and moisturize your hair.

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

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  27. In two days I'm getting my hair box braided my hair is a little thin because I'm white and I'm getting extensions braided into my hair also. My normal hair comes down to my shoulder blades. I keep my hair healthy and stay off heat a lot. My hair is getting cut before I go also! I just wanted to understand some things....
    1.What type of products should I use before I go get it done and should I wash it?
    2.How do I know the braids were done right and they wont break my hair?
    3.What type of products do i use after i get the braids to keep them health and undamaged to the braids and my real hair?
    4.

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    1. Hi Jordan.

      1. Yes, wash your hair to avoid having to do it soon after you get your hair braided. Try avoiding oils because this will make it difficult for the stylist.

      2. If they are not too tight, they are ok. You'll be able to tell according to how much it hurts.

      3. Use a scalp oil and a moisturizer.

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

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  28. MY biggest worry is taking the box braids out. I have super super thick long cury hair. You dont think that the synthetic hair (Kangalong) and my hair with tangel up really bad?

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    1. Hi Anon.
      If your hair is properly detangled and stretched before braiding, you should have no troubles with the take down.


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

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  29. and also like I said my hair is really thick and curly so should I blow dry my hair before getting the box braids in ?

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    1. Yies, t's one of many options. But, if you have breakage no.

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  30. Hi! A lot of great info here, thanks for doing all that research for me. My concern is that I'm 4 months post relaxer and want to get box braids for the summer. Should I get the relaxer and then wait to get the braids or jump straight into the braids?

    Thanks in advance.

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    1. Hi Amber.
      It's a pleasure. Glad the post was of help.
      Are you planning on staying natural? If you are concerned about undergrowth, it might be best to relax first though you can get the braids without it.


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

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  31. Hi! I've had box braids when I was younger and the synthetic hair damaged my hair. I would like to use human hair this time. Are there any different metohds of taking care of the braids with human hair or can I take of them the same as you if you were using synthetic hair?
    -Britney

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    1. Hi Britney.

      Caring for the braids would be the same if you had used synthetic hair. But be sure to moisturize and oil as needed.


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

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    2. Thanks :)I just had one more tiny question...I swim and work out a lot so, would I be able to wash the braids or would I just condition it or cowash? Sorry about all the questions lol.
      -Britney

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  32. Hi
    Im thinking of getting box braids. My hair is relaxed so will it damage it. Also what do you mean by conditioning the braids? I live in london so can u recomened any salons as i dont know which one to go to.
    Shameka :)

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    1. Hi Shemeka.
      No, it will not damage your hair if your hair isn't already damaged. I think you mean conditioning your hair. This is for moisturizing the hair. I don't live in the UK so I have no idea which salon to recommend. Any salon would do. Braids are done nearly everywhere.


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

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  33. I'm thinking about getting box braids but I don't know enough to know how it would work with my hair. I'm white and have straight/wavy-ish hair. I want to not be washing my hair as often but I still want it to look presentable. Would no braids work for me? What would I have to do differently for my hair type?

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    1. Hi Anon.
      Box braids would be good but to be able to wash it often you'll need the braids to be very well done. And when you have the braids you don't have to wash often.

      Does that answer your question?
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have :)

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  34. Hello, I am thinking of getting box braids and keep them in for maybe a month before I retouch my perm (I have been stretching since April). I have never had any kind of extensions before and my hair is about bra strap length. I usually just have my natural hair braided but I figured with extensions, it'd last longer. Can I just get the hair the same length as mine or just a bit longer? Also, my edges are thin in various places (it's a problem area for me that I am working on strengthening). Will this make it worse? I saw that you recommended not braiding the edges but I don't like to use gel because I am afraid of my hair drying out. How would I maintain it and still make it look well-kept and natural? Thanks!

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    1. Hi.
      Getting braids as long as your hair is just fine. However, if your edges are already thin, it'd be best to avoid box braids for now because they add a lot of tension to the scalp. Try braiding without the braids as you do for now.

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

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  35. Hello! I have relaxed hair and I will be getting box braids this Friday. What should be my first style? You stated earlier in your comments that we should wait a week before putting it in a ponytail. Also, what is a type of oil or greese that wont put build up in my hair and How do I wash box braids?
    Thanks so much for all the research you have done!

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    1. Hi.
      Try wearing your hair in low pony tails or just letting it fall (you can add a scarf to accessorize).
      To oil your scalp, try castor oil.
      Check out this post on washing box braids.


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

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  36. i have a question can i go in the pool or the beach water when i have box braids

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    1. Yes.
      You just have to be sure to wash your hair afterwards.
      Have fun!

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

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  37. Hi im a french girl from paris ! :-) so sorry for my english... I wanna know how many time you need to realise your box braids (if you do them yourself) ? Or how many time the stylist do them. I going to do mine in 2 weeks and i very exciting lol

    Can you send me your reply to my email please ? (Margot.desiree@gmail.com)

    Thanks a lot and keep going :-D

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  38. How long do large box braids take if you have thick hair?

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    1. Hi.
      It depends on lot of factors : the stylist, the length of the braids, etc.

      Generally, box braids take from 6-10 hours.

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

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  39. How many inches of hair do you need to get box braids, I just recently did the big chop and I have 3 inches of hair on my head, is that enough for box braids????

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    1. Hi Anon.
      As long as your hair can be braided with the extensions it's okay.
      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  40. I just took my seneglease out bout week ago should I hot comb and deep condition my hair before getting box braids

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  41. I have box braids right now, and this is the second time I've had them. I'm not sure if they were started poorly this time or if I've been putting them into a ponytail too often but the braids along the back of my neck are slipping. They haven't come out yet but there's a good inch of my actual hair between my scalp and the braid. Should I cut them out and rebraid the area or just leave them out to avoid breakage?

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    1. Hi Anon.
      It's best to leave them out. The tension is probably too much for that area.
      Hope that helps :)
      Don't hesitate to ask anymore questions you may have

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  42. I'm getting box braids this month because I am tired of "doing" my hair, but at the same time I want something different for the next couple months. I have relaxed hair & it's been about 3 weeks since I put a touch up...How long should I keep them in? What's the best kind of hair to use? How big/small should they be to PREVENT breakage? I'm super nervous!

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    1. Hi Anon.
      It's best to not leave in box braids longer than 2 months. Kanekalon hair should do just fine. Not too big is best to avoid excess tension to your scalp.
      Have fun braiding!

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

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  43. Hey I have been looking a lot into box braids, they seem a lot like singles am i right about this? And also i was wondering everyone here seems to want to add fake hair (nothing wrong with that) but i just want mine to be 100% me, would they still look the same? I have been completely natural for about 7 months so i have no idea how long my hair is.

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    1. Hi Addie.
      Box braids are pretty much singles but with square parting (and most of the time thicker and longer).
      You can use your own hair but it might not look as neat or long as box braids. It's actually best for your hair.
      Have fun!

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

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  44. I love this post! I've been researching box braids for about a month and finally came across this post and this was very informative. The biggest concerns I have about getting these braids are my edges and my scalp. I recently purchased JBCO to put on my edges nightly to prepare them before greeting the braids. I also scheduled an appt. with my hair stylist so she could treat my scalp and trim my ends. I hope I have no issues with these braids because I need a low maintenance protective style :)

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    1. Hi.
      Glad the post is of help.
      As long as you keep tension low and give your scalp and edges some TLC, you should be fine.
      Have fun braiding!

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

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  45. Your blog has been a life saver! I've been wanting box braids for a while but no one in my family knows anything about them mostly because they're all white. I happen to be a mixed child and I'm concerned that my hair will be too soft for the braids. Do you think they could slip out or cause excessive breakage? My hair is like Madison Pettis' but the texture is slightly more on the white side.

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    1. Hi Anon.
      Glad to know the blog is of help.
      You can get box braids but you need to make sure the braids are not too heavy. Don't use too much extensions and don't make them too long. If they are well done, they shouldn't slip out.
      Hope that helps.

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  46. I love your blog! It has helped a lot. I am looking to get box braid for the summer but dont really know where to start.
    1) I have relaxed hair,but haven't had a retouch since about April so is it okay for me to get braid?
    2) Im afraid about my scalp getting flaky and being dry with my braids so what type of moisturizer should I use?
    3) Im also worried about them slipping or coming out,so when they do does will my hair come out as well?
    4) what type of hair do i need and usually how many packs if i have about a litte above shoulder length hair

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    1. Hi Anon.
      Glad the blog has been of help.
      1. Yes, it's okay to get the braids even if you have not had a retouch
      2. Wash regularly (at least once a week) and moisturize & seal with a regular leave in & a light oil (like coconut oil)
      3. No, your hair will normally not come out with braids that slip - depending on how they were installed.
      4. Kanekalon hair will do just fine. The amount of packs you will need will depend on how long you want the braids and how big the packs are.
      I hope that helps.
      Don't hesitate to ask any other questions you may have

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  47. With being white I have silky hair. I had box braids done and they started slipping out with in 10 days. the lady that put them in made them way to tight and was told to co wash to help with the tightness..which helped. I was told by another salon that the women that did my hair did a good job but she should of used black gold instead of the other hair she used. My hair is four inches long in some and a little over two in other areas..I love having box braids cause I hate my shirt hair. What could I do to my hair to help it from slipping? Would getting a perm help? Please help...

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    1. Hi Myrah.
      Getting a perm could help a bit but it will not totally deter the problem. Another major issue is the hair used. Next time, try going to a stylist with experience in braiding caucasian hair.
      I really hope that helps.
      Don't hesitate to ask any other questions you may have.


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  48. Hey, this is Great! Really helps with how to take care of my hair when I finally get Box braids! But I'm absolutely terrified that when I do they'll slip out cause my hair is quite short (about 2.5 inhes when I'll get them done, and 4c) is this too short to stop them from slipping?? How long should my hair be so they won't slip out?? Thanks!!

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    1. Hi Deb.
      2.5 inches sounds long enough. As long as your stylist can braid them and does them properly, they should not slip out.
      Hope that helps!

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  49. Hi, im new to this website and id like to request a tutorial on how to keep your box braidswith extensions safe in the pool

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