BLAC family, I think we all know by now that braids season is every season. And if there’s ever one protective style that you can depend on for any curly hair type and any occasion, it’s always going to be braids for the win. This applies whether your preference is box braids, knotless, or you name it. 

The most important part of any protective look is ensuring you do what you can to keep your style neat and preserve the hair underneath the style, too. So, if you’ve been searching for some products to add to your braids maintenance routine, you don’t even have to look hard because we’ve got you covered with three holy grails from some of our favorite Black-owned brands. 

Dig in below!

Help your braids last longer

1. Slick your edges with fast-drying edge control. 

If you haven’t heard of the She Is Bomb Collection, their fan-favorite edge control is the perfect product to star with, and it works perfectly for laying down any fly-aways or slicking back your edges. 

Save this one for a rainy day (or any day, really) because, trust us, your baby hair is not moving if you use this product.


2. Keep your hair moisturized with a hydrating mist.

Naturalicious’ Heavenly Hydration Grapeseed hair mist should be a part of your daily braids maintenance routine if you want to keep the hair underneath happy and hydrated. 

All you have to do is spritz and go. It even adds a bit of shine that will make your braids appear fresh for longer! 

3. Nourish your scalp and hair with a serum. 

If you want to beat inflammation, dry scalp, and all the other problems that can arise when you neglect braids maintenance, just take a few drops of MRNG’s nutrient-dense hair and scalp serum and massage it into your scalp. 

This consciously created brand infuses all of its products with CBD, so be sure to keep this one away from naturalistas under the age of 21. 

A final word of advice

Remember: Wearing braids isn’t a reason to let all your hair care products collect dust for six weeks. So keep on caring for those curls, and with that, happy braids maintenance, everyone! 

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