The previous article covered how to prevent itchy braids with a DIY Braid Spray. This article will discuss the best way to wash box braids without causing frizz. This is also an alternative way to prevent itching when used in combination with the anti-itch braid spray.
Box braids are an excellent way to protective style natural hair. You don’t have to worry about styling every morning and they last for a long time especially when well taken care of.
I wear my box braids for up to 10 weeks at a time with the tips I will be sharing below. If you haven’t installed your braids yet, you may want to check out DIY Braid Spray to Stop Itchy Box Braids before reading this article.
How to Wash Box Braids Without Causing Frizz
Step 1 – Choose the Right Shampoo and Dilute It
Step 2 – Choose a Moisturizing Conditioner and Dilute It
Repeat the process above with a moisturizing conditioner of your choice in a separate spray bottle. I like Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner with Peppermint and Eucalyptus or Giovanni’s Smooth as Silk Deep Moisture Conditioner. Shake and set aside.
Step 3 – Section Your Braids
Section your braids into about 4 – 5 parts depending on how large they are and loosely braid each section then secure the tips with an ouchless band.
Step 4 – Shampoo and Condition Your Braids
- Get into the shower and spray the diluted shampoo onto your braids and scalp generously.
- Gently massage your scalp with your fingertips. Do not rub vigorously and do not agitate the braided sections.
- Let the diluted shampoo run through the braids.
- Rinse with lukewarm water until the water runs clean.
- After rinsing, repeat the process above with the diluted conditioner. Wait 5 minutes then rinse out as well.
- Squeeze the excess water out of the braids gently.
Step 5 – Dry Your Clean Braids Without Frizzing
Pile the loose braids up and wrap a towel around your head then go about your business. Use a microfiber towel like Devacurl Microfiber Towel. It will take several hours for the braids to dry. Read Benefits of a Microfiber Towel & 7 Best Microfiber Towels for Natural Hair.
Once dry, undo the braided sections gently and shake out. You can spray with the anti-itch braid spray at this point.
You will find that the braids look as fresh as new. The key here is washing your box braids without agitating them.
Below is a video tutorial for washing box braids where she shares a technique similar to the method outlined above minus braiding sections. She uses her fingertips throughout the process.
I strongly recommended sectioning your braids before washing to make them last longer and keep them frizz free.
How Often Do You Wash Box Braids?
After installing the box braids, wash with the method above after 3 days. Afterward, wash every 2 – 3 weeks until you take down the braids. It’s also beneficial to take down the braids around your edges and perimeter and redo them yourself every 2 – 3 weeks.
Happy Hair Growing! 🙂