- Don’t plait your hair if your hairline is weak and your natural hair is already damaged.
- Wash, condition and moisturise your scalp and natural hair before any braid application.
- You’ll feel a bit of discomfort for the first few days after you have your hair done but the plaits should not be so tight that you’re in pain. Tightness can eventually weaken your natural hair and cause hairline breakage so ask your hairdresser to go easy.
- Cover your head with a silk scarf when sleeping, or use a silk or satin pillowcase to prevent tangling and hairline breakage caused by the friction when your head rubs against your pillow.
- Use sheen spray to prevent synthetic fibre from matting.
- Shampoo and condition your hair as usual every week or two and make sure it’s completely dry to avoid mould.
- If you work up a sweat, spritz antiseptic spray to prevent a build-up of bacteria, which can cause diseases on the scalp.
- After removal, give your natural hair a break and avoid chemical treatments, weaves or braids for a week or so.