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Can you say exhausting? Weaving micro braids into your hair can take hours. Long sexy braids -- as long as 12 hours if your stylist has to add fake hair. And the cost; let's not even go there. After all that work, you would expect micro braids to last forever, but they don't. In fact, you must take them out every six to eight weeks to check your hair for damage. Care is key when it comes to making your micro braids last and washing your hair every two weeks is a must. Just make sure you do it right or you could end up with a sink full of braids.
Wet your hair using warm water from the shower or the sprayer from your kitchen sink. Soak your hair with the warm water, getting the water under and between the micro braids, removing excess oils.
Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo. Now don't overdo it here. Only use a pea-sized amount of shampoo; too much and it will be difficult to remove all of the suds. Massage the shampoo into your scalp and in between the micro braids. Use a gentle motion; do not scrub! Rinse the shampoo out of your hair with warm water.
Give your hair a light conditioning. Dilute your favorite conditioner in a plastic cup using a 1:1 ratio. Massage the diluted conditioner into your hair and scalp. Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave the conditioner on your hair for 10 to 15 minutes.
Rinse out the conditioner with a warm water rinse. Blot your scalp and micro braids dry with an absorbent towel. Don't forget -- blot don't rub. Vigorous rubbing to dry your braids will only make them fuzzy and may even make them fall out.
Apply a light misting of spray oil onto your scalp, hair and micro braids. A light oil, such as jojoba will help prevent frizzing. Oiling will also help keep your scalp and natural hair moisturized, minimizing breakage. Let your hair and micro braids air dry after oiling. If you are in a rush, sit under a dryer bonnet. Just try not to use the dryer each time you wash your hair.
Mist your hair and micro braids with the hair oil at least three times a week to keep your hair moisturized.
Do not scrub your hair as you shampoo. Scrubbing can loosen up your braids, causing them to slip out. Be gentle!