Box Braids: Myths and Truths About the Synthetic Braids

Practical and super stylish, box braids are gaining more and more fans, especially among curly and curly hair owners! Whether to renew the look or help cope with the hair transition – as they hide the difference in texture to the big chop – these synthetic braids have become darling and can come in different sizes and styles. Check it out and learn from the tips!

1 – Box braids detonate natural hair

Myth. Because it is an application that hides natural hair, some people think that box braids can end up damaging and drowning the hair, but that’s not true. Contrary to popular belief, synthetic braids, such as ombre braiding hair, are great options for protecting locks from external aggressions – such as sun, wind and moisture. They are only harmful if the person using the appliance does not take proper care of its maintenance.

2 – There is a maximum time to have the braids in the hair

Truth. And respecting this maximum time is even one of the precautions that prevents natural hair from being damaged by braids! The recommendation is to stay with it for up to three months – taking care to let the hairs breathe for at least 15 days before renewing the look with new box braids. But why should this timeout be respected? Because after three months, the natural hair that is growing can end up creating knots in the extensions, causing breakage and fall.

3 – Synthetic braids help growth

Truth. Not that applying it makes your hair grow faster, right? But by keeping the natural strands well protected from external aggressions – such as sun, wind, pollution, and constant use of heat sources – it prevents breakage and therefore aids growth. For those in the hair transition, resorting to box braids is one of the best options to cope with this period. In addition to disguising the difference in texture and preventing breakage, it also helps to control the anxiety of checking how long the hair has grown while leaving the natural part well protected.

4 – Box braid material makes no difference

Myth. The material chosen for box braids influences – and a lot! – the effect and weight of the appliqué. Wool, for example, is one of the lighter options and has a wider range of colors for those who want a bold style, while kanekalon has the characteristic of being heavier. The synthetic braid made of jumbo, in turn, besides being light, allows the ends to be loose.

5 – Hair thickness should be taken into account when deciding hair size

Truth. Considering the thickness of the hair before placing the box braids helps to ensure a more beautiful effect and prevent strands from becoming damaged. Women with thinner yarns, for example, should avoid too long braids so that they do not run out of volume and damage the locks because of their weight. Those who have thicker hair should avoid the very small braids so that the look does not end up heavy.