How to Wash Box Braids + Twists

How to Wash Box Braids + Twists


Although I actually have Senegalese twists installed, the process is the exact same as how to wash box braids, marley twists, kinky twists or any similar style.  I wash and deep condition my twists once per month and moisturize daily.  Despite how low maintenance these styles are, you do have to at least follow this basic regimen to keep your hair healthy while wearing box braids or twists.  You will need: a moisturizing shampoo, deep conditioner, 1-2 shower caps (depending on the length of your twists), a leave-in conditioner or moisturizing spray and lightweight gel or foaming wrap lotion.

Check out my step-by-step tutorial below as I walk you through each step on not only how to wash your box braids, but how to condition, moisturize, eliminate frizz and add shine.

How to Wash Box Braids or Twists

Wash:  Dilute shampoo in an applicator bottle with water to make applying to the scalp easier and also rinsing the suds away from the braids/twists easier.  Saturate hair completely with water then squeeze mixture onto scalp.  Gently rub scalp using the pads of your fingers and run the product down the length of the braids/twists.  Repeat as necessary, then rinse thoroughly.

Condition:  Apply generous amount of conditioner to hair and down the length of the braids/twists.  Repeat throughout entire head.  Once apply, gently roll braids/twists between palms of hands to distribute the product and work in into your natural hair which is intertwined with the added hair.  Gather braids/twists on top of head into a loose bun.  Cover with 1-2 shower caps and allow to sit for about 15 minutes.  For deeper conditioning, sit beneath a hooded dryer. Rinse thoroughly.

Dry:  This step is not mentioned in the above video, but is extremely important.  Once you have rinsed the conditioner from your hair, use a t-shirt to remove as much of the excess water away from your hair as possible.  If your twists or braids are long, like mine, use a hooded dryer (or use a handheld dryer with a diffuser attachment) until your hair is at least 75% dry.  Long braids and twists are extremely heavy when wet, which causes too much tension on your natural hair.  So, dry your braids/twists as quickly as possible.

Moisturize:  Spray a leave-in conditioner or moisturizing spray liberally to hair and scalp.  Two recommendations are Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-In and Moisture Mist spray.

Eliminate Frizz:  Apply lightweight gel or foaming wrap lotion to areas where the braids or twists have frizzed and around your edges.  Cover with scarf for at least 15 minutes.  Remove and you will notice the frizz is gone!

Add Shine:  This step is optional but for more natural braid/twist styles using Marley hair, for example, it may be necessary.  Use a natural ingredient spray oil, like Jane Carter Solution Seal  & Shine, to add luster to your style.

Hopefully you are completely clear on how to wash box braids now and are armed to protective style to your heart’s content!  If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments area below.

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  • I’m thinking about getting braids for an upcoming, 2 month business trip. How do you know when your hair is properly moisturized?

    • I’m not sure “how” I know – I just use the same product that I used when my hair was loose and know how great my hair felt when using it. Good question, let me know if you figure it out. You will absolutely LOVE not having to do anything to your hair everyday!

      • Thanks – I love lazy hair days and having braids would be ideal for travel.

  • Gilbert Kilipaki Borja Montalb

    What about synthetic hair? Do you need to do the same?

  • Maame Gyemfa

    what about relaxed hair?