How To Wash Your Hair With Braids At Home

A detailed guide to help you achieve clean, shiny, healthy, and frizz-free braids.

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Shruti ChavanDr. Shruti Chavan, MBBS
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It is easy to style your hair with braids. However, it is more difficult to wash your hair with braids than tie them. As with any style of hair, braids have their pros and cons. Braids keep your hair breakage-free, and the style lasts a long time, saving you the last moment hair styling rush on a busy work day. However, there is one drawback – the dusty and sweaty scalp may become prone to dandruff, itching, and other issues. Washing your braids prevent frizz, keeping the hair glossy and the scalp healthy. Read on to learn how to wash your braids at home.

How To Wash Hair With Braids

Washing your hair with braids is a little different from how you would normally wash your hair. Here all the steps to follow:

1. Get A Spray Bottle

Get a small spray bottle from a drugstore near you. You will need this to prepare, spray, and store the shampoo solution.

2. Dilute Your Shampoo

Pour 20 ml of your favorite shampoo into the spray bottle, or you can buy any of these shampoos. Mix the shampoo well with 80 ml of water.

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Opt for a clarifying shampoo as they cleanse the scalp deeply, removing all buildup, dirt, and excess sebum.

3. Spray On To The Scalp

Hold the nozzle close to the scalp and spray in rows. Work from the back to the front. Be careful not to spray too much near your hairline as the shampoo will drip down your face.

4. Gently Massage

Use your fingertips to gently massage your scalp. Avoid scratching.

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You can also use a baby toothbrush to massage your scalp gently and remove dirt and buildup.

5. Rinse Your Hair

Hop into the shower and rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water. Gently massage your scalp to wash off the product thoroughly.

6. Scrunch Your Hair

Hold a few braids together and gently squeeze them to get rid of excess water.

7. Apply A Conditioner

Take a coin-sized amount of a good conditioner, rub it between your palms, and apply it to your braids. Make sure you avoid the scalp. Let it stay for 5-10 minutes.

8. Rinse The Conditioner

After 5-10 minutes, rinse the conditioner off. Run your fingers through each braid to wash off the product thoroughly.

9. Wrap A Towel

Once all the conditioner is washed off, wrap a towel around your head. Gently squeeze your braids to get rid of the excess water. Wear a towel turban and leave it on for 10 minutes.

If you do not have the time, do the following:

  • Blow Dry

Use a blow dryer on a cool or medium setting to dry your braids and the scalp. Use the cool setting if your braids are made of synthetic hair.

  • Apply Hair Moisturizer

Apply a good-quality hair moisturizer to seal the moisture in and protect your braids.

  • Apply A Light Oil

Apply a few drops of argan, olive, or rosehip oil to your braids.

That is how you can wash your hair with box braids, Senegalese twists, micro braids, crochet braids, or braided hair extensions. Applying the hair moisturizer and light oil will keep your hair soft and make it look shiny and healthy. But if your hair is frizzy, scroll down to know how to wash your braids without causing frizz.

How To Wash Hair Braids Without Causing Frizz

How to wash your hair with braids without causing frizz


  1. Spray water on your scalp.
  2. Saturate the scalp with diluted shampoo and massage it gently.
  3. Hold your braids together, and wash the scalp first.
  4. Once the scalp is clean, rinse your braids.
  5. Do not move your braids too much to reduce frizz.
  6. Apply a conditioner to your braids. Use extra conditioner on the ends of the hair.
  7. Leave it on for 20 minutes.
  8. Rinse your hair. Do not scrub or chafe your braids together.
  9. Gently squeeze your hair to drain out the excess water.
  10. Tie your hair in a bun and wrap a microfiber towel around your head.
  11. Remove the towel and spray a hair refresher on your scalp.
  12. Spray a hair oil on the scalp.
  13. Massage the scalp gently.
  14. Blow dry your hair on a cool setting if your hair is braided with synthetic hair or you have thicker braids.
  15. Apply a hair serum or argan oil to your braids.

There you have it! All you have to do is take care not to move or rub your braids together, use a hair refresher and oil spray, and blow dry your hair to reduce frizz. Up for a few more tips? Scroll down!

Tips To Wash Hair With Braids

  • If your braids are thick, use a hairband to tie your hair in sections. That way, applying the shampoo to your scalp becomes easier.
  • Rinse the scalp to wash off the shampoo. Letting the shampoo drip down your hair may trap the product in your braids and damage the hair if not washed properly.
  • Wash your hair once a week if your scalp is oily and once in 10 days if it is dry.
  • Do not scratch your scalp while massaging the shampoo.
  • To reduce frizz, do not move your braids too much or rub them together.
  • Apply a conditioner and leave it on for at least 5-10 minutes. If you have dry or frizzy hair, leave the conditioner on for 20 minutes.
  • Use a microfiber towel to soak up the water. Leave it on for 10-20 minutes.
  • Squeeze the braids to get rid of the excess water.
  • If your braids are made of synthetic hair, use a cool setting to blow dry your hair.
  • Wrap a hand towel around the ends of your braids and secure it with a hairband to prevent dripping.

Infographic: DIY Hair Moisturizer Recipes

Washing your braids requires special attention and care. To ensure that your braids are not dry and frizzy, you can apply a moisturizer to keep them hydrated. Instead of using commercial moisturizers, you can make your own homemade moisturizer with natural ingredients from your pantry.

Check out the infographic below to know more!

diy hair moisturizer recipes [infographic]

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

Braids help your hair look stylish, gorgeous, and manageable. They make it easier to style and carry but not wash. Washing hair with braids is different from how you wash it normally. You need to be extra careful while washing it with braids as you need to protect your braids. Our detailed guide will help you understand how to wash your hair with braids. There are also a few tips discussed to avoid frizzy hair. You may wash your hair once a week if your scalp is oily or once in ten days if it is dry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do braids help your hair grow?

No, braids have no direct effect on hair growth. Nevertheless, they impact hair health. This is because they can maintain the strength and protect the health of growing hair while keeping it hydrated.

Do braids damage your hairline?

Yes, braids can harm your hairline and cause breakage if they are done too tightly or left in your hair for too long.

Is it good to sleep in braids?

It is good to sleep in braids as long as they are done correctly. Apply a leave-in conditioner and sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase.

Can braids turn into dreads?

You can definitely turn your braids into dreads. However, because your hair will grow parallel to each other, the dread will be significantly thinner.

Can I sweat with braids?

Yes, you can sweat when wearing braids. But you must do everything you can to prevent sweat from getting into your hair. The ideal approach for long braids is to tie them in a ponytail or bun.

Key Takeaways

  • Not washing your braids can result in frizz, breakage, and dandruff.
  • You can wash your braids by spraying diluted shampoo on your scalp, rinsing it off, and applying hair moisturizer to make your hair shiny and healthy.
  • Those with frizzy hair can follow the same steps and, in addition, use a hair serum or argan oil to seal hair moisture.
  • Always rinse the shampoo off your scalp and dry your braid with a microfiber towel to soak the excess water.

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