How to Wash Box Braids

Box braids give us the freedom to go up to a month or two without the worry of styling, but that doesn’t mean all care goes out of the window! Although you are wearing box braids, you still need to cleanse your hair – especially if you will be wearing them for the long term. This ensures that your scalp won’t become overloaded with buildup, gets itchy or becomes irritated. It also gives your hair much needed contact with good old H20. Here is how you can wash your hair with box braids if you are unsure of how this works:

How to Wash Box Braids Guide

Always get the itchies when you have a fresh installation of box braids? You may want to soak the hair in ACV first. If you already have installed the hair you can still benefit. Read this: Why You Should Soak Kanekalon Hair in Apple Cider Vinegar

You will need:

  • Two spray bottles
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Towel

A great visual of the process

Dilute the Shampoo and Conditioner that You Will Be Using

Since your hair is braided up, undiluted shampoo or conditioner may be more challenging to remove. Dilute your shampoo and conditioner of choice by:  getting two empty spray bottles, filling them up halfway with water, then adding a few squirts of your shampoo to one bottle and conditioner to the other.

Focus on adding shampoo to your scalp

Your scalp needs the relief from buildup the most, which is why you will start by focusing most of your efforts there. Take your diluted shampoo mixture and apply to your scalp section by section. With your fingertip, massage the shampoo onto your scalp. Be gentle with your roots in order to avoid frizz.

Spray some shampoo onto your ends

Once you have completed applying the shampoo onto all of your scalp, you can then lightly mist your mixture on the rest of your hair. Remember, once you start washing, the shampoo will naturally flow onto the length of your hair which you don’t have to go too crazy with applying it on your ends.


You can now go to the shower or your sink to rinse the shampoo out of your hair (bring your conditioner spray bottle with you). Be sure to rinse thoroughly.


Spray the conditioner mixture on the length of your hair. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes or so then rinse.

Remove Excess Water

Wring and squeeze your hair out first. Then wrap a towel around your hair and let it set for 10 minutes. It will take a couple of hours for your hair to dry completely.

Worried about frizz? Here is how you can give your hair line a more manicured look afterward


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