Braids and twists are beautiful, long-lasting, and protective hairstyles. Protective hairstyles are usually defined as styles that shield the ends of your hair from damaging agents like heat and constant manipulation. Additionally, though these styles could take a long time to install they can last for weeks at a time and require little maintenance.

What’s the difference between braids and twists?

The most noticeable difference between braids and twists is primarily how they are installed. Braids typically intel intertwining three strands of hair around each other while twists only require intertwining two strands of hair around each other. Twists don’t put as much strain on the scalp as braids do; however, the tradeoff is that they will unravel more quickly than braids and tend to look fluffier. Braids can offer a sleeker look, and they don’t come apart as easily. There are many different types of twists and braids, and depending on what you choose they can have different effects on your hair and scalp health.

Braids and twists that are too tight

You might not face an issue with twists being too tight as often as braids, however, that’s not to say it’s impossible. When hairstyles are too tight, they can put a lot of strain on the hair follicles. If you experience a throbbing sensation or pain around your hairline or scalp, or you start to notice bumps along your hairline it is likely that your braids or twists are too tight. One way to avoid this is to request a test section of hair to be done so that you can get a feel for how loose or tight the twists or braids will be. If your stylist is pulling your hair don’t be afraid to speak up. Alopecia traction is hair loss that results from excessive pulling. This condition is preventable, but you need to take the proper steps to prevent it.

Maintaining your braids and twists

Braids and twists can last for up to two and a half months, but you really shouldn’t exceed a month and a half. Protective styles can make it difficult for your hair to receive the moisture it needs to grow and stay healthy. One misconception people may have about braids or twists is that you can’t wash your hair while they are installed. You can wash your hair primarily focusing on the scalp, to remove buildup. Be sure to rinse your hair of any shampoo and apply conditioner to moisturize your hair and scalp.

On the days that you wash your hair use sulfate- free shampoo to help prevent your hair and scalp from drying out. You can also apply oil to your scalp to restore lost moisture from washing your hair; this will also help your hair look healthy and shiny. Don’t use dry shampoo on your braids or twists as you will not be able to brush it resulting in unwanted residue. When selecting a stylist to do your braids or twists, it’s okay to do a little research to ensure that your natural hair stays healthy.

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