How to Prepare Your Hair for Braids

by Jonae Fredericks Google

Hair braiding is a tradition that dates back to approximately 500 B.C. From simple plaits to intricate, cornrow patterns, braiding has not lost its edge. Once in place, braids will last up to six weeks with little maintenance. While careful attention to sleep habits and cleansing is a must when wearing braids, it is a small price to pay for no-fuss styling in the morning. If you are considering braids, preparing your hair before you head to the salon will save you time and money.

Items you will need

  • Clarifying shampoo
  • Moisturizing shampoo
  • Hot oil conditioning treatment
  • Wide-toothed comb
  • Fine-toothed comb
Step 1

Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo to remove styling product residues. Rinse. Follow-up with a moisturizing shampoo, and then rinse and dry your hair.

Step 2

Prepare a hot oil conditioning treatment for your hair according to the manufacturer's directions on the packaging label. Apply the hot oil conditioner to your hair as directed, then rinse and dry your hair again.

Step 3

Comb your hair with a wide-tooth comb. Run a fine-toothed comb through your hair after combing with the wide-toothed comb. Combing will help smooth your hair and remove tangles that can interfere with the braiding procedure.


  • Keep in mind that if you show-up for your appointment and your hair is not clean, conditioned, combed and ready-to-go, your salon may charge you an additional fee if the technician has to take care of it.


  • Don't skip the clarifier. Build-up from hair styling products can make your scalp itch and strip your hair of its natural sheen.

About the Author

Jonae Fredericks started writing in 2007. She also has a background as a licensed cosmetologist and certified skin-care specialist. Jonae Fredericks is a certified paraeducator, presently working in the public education system.

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