Thursday, February 11, 2010

How To Shampoo Braids With Or Without Hair Extensions

Breathtaking Braids book: An Annual Guide To Hair Braiding Styles & Designs Across The CaribbeanBraid extensions still are very popular especially in the summer months when there is much fun and vacationing to do. Or maybe you just need a break from the daily struggle of styling your hair.

The beauty of adding hair extensions is that you are able to have any length, color, or texture you want. The sky is the limit.

At one time braids were not excepted in the work place, that time is gone. However braids with hair extensions are treated too carefree and are not maintained properly causing the hair beneath it to dry out and break abnormally.

Hair is expected to shed on a normal basis, and surprised some when they are taking out the braids months later.

Shedding appears to be excessive but realize that it hasn't been combed or brushed in months, so all of the normal shedding comes out at the same time.

However if you do not moisturize your hair the attached hair will absorb the little natural oils and leave you with nothing but dry hair.

Oils are also lost on pillow cases, hats and scarves. This is why it is important to add oils and moisture, Especially on relaxed hair to prevent dry hair.

Synthetic Braid Hair Extensions

Synthetic braid are best done with a kanekalon fiber which is a higher quality of synthetic hair.
  • This hair is flame retardant,
  • Nicer to touch Easier to work with
  • Better for your human hair.
  • Human Hair Look and Feel
  • Large variety of Colors
  • Large variety of textures
  • Inexpensive

Why Human Hair Extensions?
Same as above:
  • Softer with higher quality Large variety of Colors Large variety of textures.
  • Cost Varies with length.
  • Curly hair will re-curl with water or product.
  • Hair can be curled with curling irons.
How To Shampoo Braids
Shampooing human hair braid extensions should be done with great care , because when the hair is wet it becomes softer and more easy to loosen up.

I suggest putting rubber bands at the end of the braided part of the braid tightly into six pony tails if style is individual box braids or micros.

Use warm but not hot water. Use a moisturizing shampoo, add hair anti-septic to shampoo to kill bacteria on scalp. Allow second shampoo with an astringent to sit for 3-5 minutes to penetrate the skin and refresh the scalp.
  1. Section Hair into 6 ponytails
  2. De-tangle any loose hair on ends
  3. Shampoo twice
  4. Rinse Well
  5. Wrap with thick towel to absorb water
  6. Apply liquid leave-in conditioner/treatment (will rejuvenate curly/wavy hair)
  7. Spray hair with moisturizer especially your hair!
  8. Place under very warm to hot dryer to finish drying (except synthetic hair)
Re-curling Synthetic Hair
Leave out step 8 for synthetic hair, the heat can damage the hair. Wrap with towel longer. Change towels for faster drying. Hair can be reset with perm rods and extremely hot water.
WARNING: Do not do this alone! Protect the Skin at all times. If hair is not long do not try this method
  1. Braid three large braid to ends with a perm-rod on the ends.
  2. Dip into deep container of very hot water from microwave.
  3. Wrap immediately with cold wet towel to avoid touching skin.
  4. Have dry large towel to finish absorbing water when hair is cooled off.
Curl is set!

Re-curling Human Hair
Human Hair can be re-curled with :
  1. Rollers or rods (with quick dry styling mouse)
  2. Curling Irons
  3. Wet and wavy hair is rejuvenated when wet.

Hair should be sprayed with moisturizers and hair oils to allow the hair to maintain oils to prevent abnormal hair shedding and scalp dryness.Remember, "Dry Hair Breaks".

Hair is to be wrap with a scarf or covered with large satin hair bonnet to prevent loose hairs from rubbing out of the braids and attracting lint.

Your braid style should last at least two months with proper maintenance and hair braiding/extension advice.

FYI: If your braid or to delicate to shampoo or you are too afraid because of a bad experience. Use seabreeze on cotton and wipe scalp clean! Itching in public is not cool!

How To Do Dreadlocks On Straight Hair-Dreads With Straight Hair

DreadlocksWanting dreadlocks has been very common for years by people of all races. Dreadlock methods now revealed for others with straight and various hair types have been developed. If you are ready to make a statement and commitment, you are ready for this journey. This is not for everyone, once done this method permanent.

In the past you couldn't have dreads on every texture hair, today this is only one method on how to dread straighter, less curly hair.

Straight hair is not a reason not to have dreads anymore. Dreads can be sewn, braided, and twisted in also. Colors can also be added if you choose extension dreads. However you can dye or add color to your hair.
This method can also be used when adding extensions to hair.

Step by Step Guide
  • shampoo
  • metal comb (flea comb)
  • aloe vera gel,pomade, or styling gel
  • clamps

  1. Shampoo your hair with a deep cleansing shampoo, a conditioner is not to be used after this.You want your hair to be prepared for back combing.
  2. Section you hair by clamping top of hair out of your way.Start around the bottom of your head.
  3. Hair could be blown dry in sections or before beginning.
  4. Take a section ,and start back combing with a metal comb or flea comb.Hold hair straight while working down the hair shaft
  5. (Or Twist the section and use 7mm crochet needle to puncture hair fast while rotating hair side to side to bring stray hair out all around section work your way down to end.)
  6. The chosen process is done throughout the entire head.
  7. Hair is rolled between your hands (palm rolled) with a grease-less pomade ,styling gel,or nothing at all. Just imagine clay being rolled between both your hands while your trying to make it longer! (This is how to palm roll dread locs to keep neat. Do this after each shampoo!
  8. You can pull stray hairs into the dreads with the crochet needle. This takes a lot of time.
Shampooing Dreads

You can shampoo your hair as often as you want. But if you are african american it takes three times as long for your scalp to develop natural oils necessary to maintain healthy hair. So it is best to wait at least a week.

Use a antiseptic or tea-tree shampoo to stimulate a hot sweaty scalp. If you can not shampoo your hair for some reason wipe seabreeze antiseptic or Listerine onto your scalp.

Don't worry this backcombing method locks the hair right away!

Care Free Dreadlocks

Carefree dreadlocks is a myth. Your hair has to shampooed, re-touched,palm rolled,and sprayed with leave in conditioners, moisturizers, and wrapped to prevent lint from making a home. If you want to look groomed.

Practice Techniques

You can buy some synthetic hair to practice on at home before you try this on anyone.The packs cost around $2.

How to Care For Dry Itchy Hair and Scalp is something you might also want to look at. Dry hair breaks and you want to know in advance how to moisture and care for your hair and scalp.