TTAT Extra Large Shower Cap - How to Maintain Box braids

How to maintain your box braids

Braids are some of the most versatile styles out there for black hair, and always worth the time and money. But to make your box braids last longer, look healthier and also look after your hair, we can always add a few tweaks to our routine. 

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!

Box braids can leave areas of your scalp more exposed than usual, leaving it more vulnerable to dryness, flakiness and irritation. To keep your scalp moisturised, find or even make a good hydrating product for the scalp that works for you and your hair, whether it's an oil, spray or serum. Give your scalp a massage while you’re there to improve blood circulation and growth and for some relaxing self-care.

Wash Day

Wash your braids every 3 weeks (or sooner if you get them wet) to get rid of any weight from product buildup or dust. Cleaning your scalp is key to avoid irritation and dryness. Use a gentle but effective shampoo and a microfibre towel to squeeze out excess moisture. It’s also important to dry your hair - you never want to leave areas of the scalp damp allowing mildew to develop.


Use the TTAT extra large shower cap to protect your hair from a single drop of water! And before bed, wrap your braids in a silk scarf or bonnet and/or use a silk pillowcase to reduce friction and frizz while you sleep.

Know when it's time for a change

Don't keep your braids in forever. After about 4-8 weeks, make sure you take them out and let your natural hair breathe for a week or two and get a break from the pressure and weight of braids.