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Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Awkward Stage's Braiding Primer

Since I have written about braids at one point or another, I wanted to make a comprehensive post that links all of my tips about getting and maintaining braids. This primer will cover everything from braid preparation to choosing a style that works for your hair to washing them. Hopefully, by having all of these posts in one place, it will keep you from having to hunt down the posts on the blog!!

Happy reading!!

Braid Prep

The Awkward Stage's Guide To Prepping Your Hair for Braids

Style Selection

Selecting the Right Braid Style for You

Washing Braids/Twists/Etc.

Because Low Maintenance Doesn't Mean No Maintenance (Washing With A Scalp Cleanser)

Washing Braids/Twists/Whatever, pt.2

General Braid Maintenance Tips

My Braid (Extension...Whatever) Rules...

Caring for Cornrows

Tree Braids and Other Random Things

My Kinky Twists!


  1. Hello there!
    Thank you for posting these tips. I have a question though, do you have any advice on the braids take down process as well as the detangling and conditioning required afterwards? I find that this is when the most hair is loss and one usually ends up not having retained any of the length obtained while in the braids...

    1. I will most likely have a post about braid takedown within the next month or so. In the meantime, just remember that takedown requires a lot of patience. Rushing through the process can lead to disaster! Also, detangling is a must! A lot of folks skip the detangling step and wash their hair...resulting in a lot of matting. When you do detangle, it is important to remember to 1) detangle in sections and 2) detangle using a wide tooth comb and a conditioner with a lot of slip. Do not attempt to detangle your hair dry and with a small tooth comb. Once your hair has been properly detangled, then proceed to do your hair in the way that I outlined in my braid prep post.