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Box braid is one of the most popular hair trend, not only for African people but also all over the world. This hairstyle protects hair from damage and allows it to grow healthily. Women, on the other hand, have issues with it while sleeping because of the sizes and length after their back. BestLifeTips provides 4 methods for you with the question of how to sleep with box braids without ruining them.
What are box braids?
Box braids come in a variety of styles, colors and sizes including jumbo, mini, knotless, goddess, waist length and bob. The history of box braids rooted in African culture, in which people consider box braids as a sign of marital status, wealth and a woman’s place in society.
Fast forward to the 1990s, Janet Jackson leaves a strong impression with her rocking chunky braid in Poetic Justice, which plays an important role in bringing this hairstyle out of Africa and into the world.
Box braids are individual plaits all over the head, with parts for each braid formed in the form of a box. In these days, it’s easy to see different creative styles of box braids with different shapes, colors and sizes.
What types of braids are there?
We haven’t stopped our creativity on box braids up to now. There will always be alternative versions on the classic one every year. Here are some of them:
- Small box braids
- Feed-In Box Braids
- Knotless Box Braids
- Box Braids with Shaved Sides
- Triangle Box Braids
- Goddess Box Braids
- Large Box Braids
- Short Box Braids
- Twist Box Braids
- Crochet Box Braids
- Micro Box Braids
How to sleep with box braids
These are ways that most applied by women to get a good night’s sleep without ruining their box braids.
How to sleep with box braids: Scarf
Scarf is a necessary item for those who want to sleep well with box braids. This method is useful for short or medium braids Follow these steps below:
- Tie your hair neatly by a clear elastic or a couple of hair behind you.
- Fold the scarf into a triangle and use it to cover your head. Wrap around the hair and tie it underneath to fix the hair.
- Separate your hair into 2 equal parts and tie each of them with elastic.
How to sleep with box braids: Bonnet
If you got long thick box braids, using scarf maybe not enough to keep. Consider wearing a bonnet to cover your hair instead.
- Tie your hair and split into 2 equal parts.
- Wrap your hands, cross these 2 parts over in the front and back until the entirety of your braids are wrapped up.
- Use a bonnet with elastic to wrap your hair up.
How to sleep with box braids: Turban
Turban is one of the most familiar item to women not only as a hair accessory but also a protection for hair damage. Basically, it is used in the same way as the first method, so use it if you’ve got a short to medium box braid.
- Tie your hair neatly by an elastic or a couple of hair behind you.
- Wear your hair in a bun.
- Wrap the turban underneath the bun and tie it in the front of your head.
Tips to best take care of your box braids
In order to keep your box braids longer, we highly recommend to apply these tips below:
- Don’t sleep with wet hair: Make sure that you give your hair enough time to dry because sleeping with wet braids can cause hair damage as it becomes more fragile when wet.
- Moisturizing your hair: To protect your hair from damage and breakage, choose and use moisturizing products frequently every 2 days. Additionally, every few days, rub an all-natural oil (such as coconut oil) onto the scalp to relieve scalp dryness and scratching.
- Wash your wrap or scarf regularly: Clean your scarf or bonnet at least once a week to remove all the oil and other buildup from your skin, sweat and hair products.
- Don’t wear your braids for too long: You shouldn’t keep your braids for longer than 8 weeks as it affect to your new hair healthy growth.
- Keep your scalp clean and hydrated: Spray water (or any kinds of leave-in conditioner) into your scalp at least two or three times a week to keep it moisturized and prevent your hair from drying out and breaking.
- Consider about wear your braids in style: Avoid to pull your braids into tight ponytails or buns, because their weight, along with the tension of the tightly pulled styles, can cause temporary or permanent hair loss.
- Keep your braids clean: The build-up of sweat and products may be harmful to your hair, so it’s important to wash your braids at once every two weeks.
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