We are frequently asked how long box braids last. On average, braids should only last up to a month or two. Although two months is a little long, proper care can help you get away with it. When we have a protective style we tend to accumulate buildup that can lead to damage. This could be from the oils we use, lint, dust, shedding skin from your scalp, shedding hair, and so on.
This build-up primarily collects near the roots of the hair and can make taking the braid apart difficult as you approach the roots. The longer your braids are in place, the more difficult it may be to maneuver around the buildup. After leaving braids on for too long, some people have to cut their hair.
If you plan on long-term braids, avoid tight and heavy ones that induce additional strain on your scalp. Over time, this can lead to weak strands, inflamed scalp, and follicles, or worse, tension alopecia.
Our hair services recommend rehydrating your hair every other day with distilled or filtered water. Consider using hydrating oils or masks, as well, to keep your scalp and hair from drying out. Proper maintenance can help you keep your braids fresh for a long time.
Lastly, to guarantee durable and safe braids, make it a point to partner with a trained and qualified hair braiding professional. This ensures your hair’s health and safety, allowing you to enjoy services worth your money.
For high-quality braids that care for your hair health, O’Ghaniel’s Hair Braiding and Natural Hair is the one to call. We offer professional hair braiding in Houston, Texas.