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 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.