Braids are some of the most popular protective styles in the book—and for a good reason. But when it comes to wash day, first-time braiders might feel a little apprehensive. Luckily, braids are safe to wash—and it’s super simple, too. Keep reading to learn how to wash your braids like a pro with the help of AFAM Concept.
Why Your Braid Washing Method Matters
Even though braids can be worn for an extended period, they still need to be washed; more specifically, your scalp needs to be washed. You should wash your scalp and braids once every two to three weeks. If you don’t wash your scalp enough, you may experience issues like itchiness and flakiness.
When it comes to braid washing, common mistakes people often make include styling wet braids and using the wrong dry shampoo. Styling braids straight out of the shower can actually cause your hair to smell moldy—and we all know mold isn’t cute. Similarly, the wrong dry shampoo can accumulate on your braids, causing residue to visibly build up on your scalp.
By washing your braids properly, you can help protect your natural hair while looking and feeling great.
How to Wash Box Braids
Braids are one of the best protective styles because they protect dry ends, promote hair growth, and act as a shield against weather. However, they also need to be washed.
Not sure where to start? Wash your braids according to our step-by-step list.
Step 1: Clarify
If you haven’t clarified your scalp in a while, you’ll want to start washing your box braids with a quality clarifying shampoo. Make sure the product you’re using is deeply cleansing to remove and rinse out all that product buildup. Once you’ve applied your clarifying shampoo, massage the product into your roots.
Step 2: Cleanse
This step is for those who don’t have as much product buildup. To cleanse, we recommend using a moisturizing conditioner like the Elentee Soy Conditioning Shampoo. Cleansing your scalp helps keep your hair and scalp hydrated while rinsing out any product that may have accumulated.
Step 3: Condition
Don’t skimp on the conditioner. Conditioning your curls and braids should always be an important part of your wash day routine. Make sure you dilute the conditioner when washing your braids so the product can easily rinse from your hair. If you lay on the product too thick, it won’t rinse out easily.
Step 4: Rinse
Now it’s time to rinse. Set your shower head to its strongest water pressure setting, and rinse the cleansing products out of your hair. You’ll want to do this until the water runs clear and no product is left lingering on your scalp.
Step 5: Dry
The last thing you want to do is create frizz, so don’t just grab any old terry cloth towel when drying your braids. The best way to dry your braids is to gently place them in a curl-safe towel and wring out the excess water. A microfiber towel or an old t-shirt are a few great methods to use when drying your braids.
You can also air dry or blow dry your braids. Whatever method you choose, just make sure your braids are fully dried—otherwise, mold could grow in them. Yes, we’re serious.
Step 6: Style
Styling is the final touch to complete your braid-washing routine. This step is crucial for maintaining the longevity of your braids and showcasing your unique style. Use a quality styling product like the Vitale Perfect Braids Protective Styling Bundle to enhance and protect your braids.
Tips to Wash Your Braids Like a Pro
You’ve gone through the motions of washing your braids. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned braid washer, we’ve compiled some of the best braid-washing tips to wash yours like a pro. Check out a few of our top tips below.
Get an Anti-Itch Spray
If you need quick relief, you can always use an anti-itch spray. Combat the discomfort of an itchy scalp by using Vitale Perfect Braids Calm Itch Relief Spray.
Choose the Right Dry Shampoo
Tread lightly with dry shampoo. If you must use dry shampoo, make sure it’s a residue-free formula. This prevents buildup on your scalp and braids. We recommend the Vitale Perfect Braids Cleanse Dry Shampoo.
Protective Styling Essentials
Protecting your braids at night keeps them looking fresh and frizz-free. Use a satin pillowcase and a silk scarf to preserve your braids while sleeping.
Avoid Heavy Products
Avoid using heavy products when styling your braids; otherwise, you’ll wind up weighing down your beautiful braids. Opt for lightweight, braid-friendly styling products from AFAM.
Regular Washing Routine
One of the best things you can do for your hair is to get on board with a regular washing and styling schedule. Whether you’re a once-a-week washer or a three-weeker, adhering to a wash routine helps keep your hair looking and feeling great.
Make Braid Washing Day Easy With AFAM Concept
Knotless braids are a protective and diverse hairstyle for those with natural hair. So why not make the most of them? Follow the steps described above to make every day a great hair day with the help of the AFAM Concept Vitale collection. Explore our shampoos, conditioners, oils, and more to create your perfect wash day routine.