Braids, braids, braids. Hate ‘em or love ‘em, they are a fun and quirky way to wear your locks away from your face, taking away the hassle of maintenance. But while braids are kind of a wear it and forget it hairstyle, it’s still important to keep it looking shiny and snatched despite its huge possibility of staying in your hair for days. Because who would go through all the trouble of having their hair braided just to keep it in one day, right? Braids are meant to be flaunted for days—weeks even—for that gorgeous hair look that can go with any style.
And speaking of days and weeks long of braid, it’s important to know that we aren’t living in an ideal world where your hair would cooperate and stay gorgeous on braids even when you leave it for a long time. You gotta care for it give it the love it needs so you can wear it as long as you’d like without it looking dry, frizzy and drab.
Don’t know what products to use? That’s what were here for—and we’re ready with an entire list of products you can use to make your braids last longer:
Give your braids nourishment through The Mane Choice’s Deep Hydration Softening Milk to keep it from drying out. It also softens every strand of your hair and hydrates your locks all over.
Braids don’t need very specific and time-consuming touch-ups. Yet, you want them to shine after they’re done, so Drybar formulated the Sparkling Soda Shine Mist to give you an easy way to bring shine into them with just a few spritz.
The Sugar Pomades Burnt Sugar ($13.99)
It’s important that while you’re doing your braids or having them done, proper product is added to keep them in place while not making them look so stiff. The Sugar Pomades Burnt Sugar is the perfect product for it, taming your hair to keep it in a good look that will stay on.
It isn’t a surprise that a lot of salons love Kenra’s Professional Shine Spray. A finished braid look isn’t perfect without that shine to complete the look, and this spray can bring you to the “shine city” all the way.
Celebrate the texture of your hair as you keep it in a braid with the Texture Tonic by Aveda. This gives a beautiful floral fragrance too, with the addition of plant and flower essences on its formula.
A crucial part of wearing braids for a long time is keeping it fresh. And by fresh, we don’t mean just the look, but the smell as well. Bumble and Bumble’s Tonic Lotion keeps both the look and smell of your braids in check, and we’re sure you’ll be grateful for it.
Frizz can easily mess up your braid and make you want to take it down immediately. So to tame that, get yourself the Frizz Ease Mist from John Frieda that can tame down the frizz and add a shine into it.
Okay, you can’t expect your hair to stop growing while on a braid, so you better give that some attention too. Vernon Francois’ Spray was made especially for braids, which moisturizes the hair while it’s styled and help the hair grow healthy with the added nourishing oils to it.
Chi Shine Infusion Hair Shine Spray ($16.00)
Another shine-giver is this Shine Infusion Hair Shine Spray from Chi, which can guarantee your braids would still steal glances with their shine.
Smoothen the hair for your perfect braids using the Touch of Gloss Brilliant Styling Balm from Shu Uemura, and you’ll achieve that sleek looking hair you want.
Sachajuan Hair Wax ($31)
Condition your hair while keeping it place with Sachajuan’s Hair Wax and you’ll be set for days and weeks enjoying your gorgeous braids.
Moisture is hugely important to supply your hair with while it’s on a braid. Without a Conditioning Mist like this one from Macadamia Hair, you’ll be faced with frizz and dryness that’s a huge no-no for braids.
Now you’ll feel more confident in keeping your braids for a long time, when you know the hair essentials will be taken cared of with these awesome hair products. Equip yourself before diving into a braid obsession, and we guarantee you’ll want to braid your hair all the time. So braid away, lovelies!
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