Hey lovelies! Today I wanted to share with you my current wash day routine with box braids. I have had my braids in for almost 3 months now, and I’ve washed them at least 1-2 times per month. For me it’s very important to wash my hair regularly and keep up with my hair routine while I have a protective style. I also exercise quite often, so skipping wash days while my hair is in a protective style, is not an option for me.
The trick to successfully washing your box braids is to use spray bottles to apply your shampoo and conditioner. Using a spray bottle allows the product to easily penetrate the extensions and reach your hair strands. Also applying your products with a spray bottle reduces frizz on your wash day. So let’s dive into what this would look like!
Products and Technique
So I like to keep my wash days as simple as possible. I have definitely learned that less equals more when it comes to selecting my hair products. I use a simple moisturizing shampoo by Herbal Essences, followed by the Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque by Shea Moisture to deep condition. The shampoo that I use is described as moisturizing, but I find it to be quite clarifying. It cleans my hair very well, but it’s not too extreme which is perfect for me.
If you’re using 2 spray bottles you would fill one up with your shampoo, and one with your deep conditioner. Then add a small amount of water to each. You don’t want to add too much water, otherwise the solution will become too diluted and it will take a long time to spray all of the product onto your hair.
Personally, I don’t mind the frizz in my hair and I’m also a lazy natural – so I usually directly apply the shampoo to my scalp, without using the spray bottle method. I will shampoo my hair, using my fingertips to massage and clean my scalp, then rinse and repeat for a second time. I also like to apply the shampoo directly to my braids as well. I like to make sure that the hair is nice and clean all the way down the braids.
2. Deep Condition
Once the shampoo is rinsed out I will apply my deep conditioner. I use my spray bottle to spray all along my braids up to where my natural hair ends and at the roots as well. I find that sectioning my hair helps to ensure that the deep conditioner is applied to every strand. Then I place my hair in a bun, finish my shower routine for another 10 minutes and then rinse.
As I mentioned earlier, I am a lazy natural. On one wash day I actually didn’t even use the spray bottle method at all! I simply applied the deep conditioner directly to my hair and braids because I was too lazy to bother with the spray bottle. I actually would not recommend this, because I feel like I ended up wasting product. My deep conditioner is very thick, so I had to keep applying more and more product to make sure that the product was getting through the braids and onto every strand. Whereas using a spray bottle and diluting the conditioner would make the application process much easier. So please use the spray bottle method for thick conditioners!
3. Seal in the Moisture!
Once I’m out of the shower, I dry my hair with a microfibre towel and proceed to moisturize my hair. I like to use a leave conditioner, followed by an oil to seal in the moisture. To apply the leave conditioner I will again use the spray bottle method. I will saturate my hair with my diluted leave in conditioner solution and then seal it all in with a mixture of almond oil and castor oil. To apply the oil I use an oil applicator bottle to get to my roots and scalp, and then I will massage the oil onto my hair to complete my wash day routine. I let my hair air dry and that’s it!
Here’s a final tip – if you are experiencing lots of frizz with your box braids, make sure to tie your hair down with a satin scarf every night – no exceptions! Wrapping your hair with the scarf will tame some of the frizziness, lay your hair down, and of course prevent more frizz from developing.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my wash day routine! I’m planning to take out my braids very soon, and I’m super excited to see my natural hair out and free again! Keep a look out for posts about taking down box braids, blow drying natural hair and more! Thank you so much for reading.