Box Braid Takedown

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Undoing extension box braids can be incredibly arduous and tiring, if you’re undoing your own hair. When it comes to box braids, I usually undo my own hair without anyone else helping. This needs a relaxed state of mind on my part and a free day, so my patience is not tested and I end up with damaged hair.

 

The takedown stage of box braids is a crucial stage of trying to make sure that the hair growth attained is retained and that no damage is done to the hair that was being protected.

 

This is what I do when I’m undoing my extension box braids:

  • Get a free day, a few good movies, some pillows and cushions to be as relaxed as possible
  • Spray my braids and my own hair with a  detangling mix spritz until my hair is damp  – I use about a fifth aloe vera juice, a few drops of extra virgin olive oil/coconut oil, about a quarter light conditioner and the rest water
  • Then depending on the length of the braids, I cut of the ends about 3 inches below where my hair is, then undo the braids using my hands to unravel and pull off the braid when it’s loose enough.
  • With each extension braid off, I make sure I detangle the ‘box’ part of my hair, remove whatever buildup is in the hair. DON’T just pull out a knot, make sure the section is undid, using more oil and the spritz if necessary. (THIS STAGE IS KEY! )
  • Undo all the box braids, putting all the undone parts in larger twisted sections
  • Just go steady at a leisurely relaxed pace until it is all undone
  • Do note that you will likely have a lot of shed hair, it’s the perks that come with having hair in a protected style for a while.

There isn’t much to it, just PATIENCE and MAKING SURE TO DETANGLE PROPERLY.

After undoing my hair, I usually detangle again in the bigger sections, then wash my hair, condition my hair with a protein conditioner and a moisturising treatment. Then figure out how I’ll style my hair.

Honestly, I prefer undoing my hair to getting my hair done though. The excitement of seeing my hair after a few weeks and new hair growth does the trick.

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4 thoughts on “Box Braid Takedown

  1. This is great! I wish I would have known this a couple months back. I had twist in my hair and it was the worst experience ever when it came time to take them down. I think the conditioning as you take the braids out is a great idea. Thank for sharing.

    • Pleasure and thanks for commenting. Yeah, conditioning and spritzing my hair before really made a difference, makes it sooo much easier.

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