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    Hey, everybody! I was just wondering if anyone could give me some information on taking care of braids (actually kinky twists) on my own. I've had them once, but that was about 8 years ago and I don't remember what I did. I'm mostly concerned with cleaning and moisturizing, as I have seriously dry scalp. I've heard that witch hazel is a good way to keep them clean without shampooing as shampooing can loosen the braids and make them fuzzy. Anyway, help!

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    While on the subject can any one advice me on how I can care for cornrows? I will be doing cornrows with extensions, I too would like to know how to care for them.

    Help me too please!!

    Abena

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    You can still have decent looking twists/ braids even if you wash them. When you wash your twists, cover them up with a stocking cap (it will help minimize any frizz) , use diluted shampoo while in the shower, gently work in the shampoo by massaging it in, rinse a few times to make sure all the shampoo is out. Then wrap a towel around them to soak up the excess water, remove the towel and apply your favorite moisturizer. Witch Hazel is good for keeping the scalp clean not for braids/twists. Washing is necessary if you wanna maintain the health of your hair while wearing braids/twists. You could use sulfur 8 medicated braid spray on your scalp to help minimize the itching.

    HTH~

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    I just got cornrows, so this advice is very helpful

    Obsidian78

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    I have kinky twists too (look my fotki) and I have co washed my hair then acv rinsed after each time. Then I tie my hair up and let it air dry overnight.

    Hope that helps!!!

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    Question. do you know a way to prevent massive tangling after removing braids or twists? as you can see, in my transitioning album, my hair was so tangled after taking out my twists. any tips on how to care for the braids while they're in the hair that might make it more manageable when I take them out?

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    Here is a good link on that: http://www.growafrohairlong.com/braidreg.html
    As you read through it, she gives info on caring for braids properly so they do not matt and on how to take them down properly. She also has tips for removing braids that have already begun to tangle and matt if that becomes an issue.
    HTH

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