Veteran braid wearer or excited newbie, the Braid Team at K&D is here to service your braid styling needs. What follows will help you to navigate the unique atmosphere at K&D and to prep your natural hair.
Please ensure that your hair is washed, conditioned, and detangled, and your scalp moisturized with light oils prior to your visit. Lightly coat your hair with a lotion or butter. DO NOT SATURATE your hair with oils or oil-based products as it may lead to excess buildup and slip, making it difficult for the stylist to grip your hair. For further preparation, it is highly recommended that you section the hair into large, loose braids, twists or bantu knots to untangle the hair strands and to maintain its detangled state.
For those who are sensitive to braiding hair, particularly Xpression Kanekalon fiber, please purchase the hair from us at least one day prior to your visit and perform a hair cleansing method that removes the irritants. Alternatively, you can purchase RUWA pre-stretched braiding hair. Contact us for the suggested number of packs to purchase for your desired style.
*We advise against purchasing the following brands: Afrelle, EZ Braid or any brand that does not use Xpression Kanekalon fiber. Please give us a call if you have any questions regarding this matter.
It is recommended that you cleanse the hair extensions in a tub using a large bucket that can hold up to 4 packs of hair. Dilute 1 part vinegar (apple cider or vegetable) to 3 parts warm water in the bucket. Remove the braiding hair from the pack and gently place your hair in the vinegar solution. Let the hair sit for up to 15 minutes. Next, remove the hair from the bucket and discard the vinegar solution. Then thoroughly rinse the bucket. Place the hair back into the empty bucket and fill it with cool water. As you rinse the hair, be sure to squeeze out any excess liquid. Lastly, air dry the hair by placing it on a clothing hanger to dry overnight. Be sure to carefully place the dried hair into a protective case before your visit.
As styles and techniques rapidly evolve, our Braid Team remains versed in a variety of braiding techniques. Yet, each stylist possesses their own unique specialties. If a client requests and accepts a service outside of the stylist’s category, we are not liable in any disputes related to the final result of the service. We encourage you to book your appointment with the stylist best suited to achieve your requests. It is the client’s responsibility to consult and prepare for their visit accordingly.
Due to the nature of hair braiding, please take into consideration that most braiding techniques will result in some tension on the scalp. Additionally, styles that require extensions add weight to your natural hair strands. Therefore, you may experience some discomfort during the first week after styling, including but not limited to box braids, twists, weaving, cornrows, crochet and locs. While we will do our absolute best to provide a comforting experience, we are not liable in any disputes related to pain, tension and/or hair loss caused by any braiding technique. We encourage you to inquire about the process of any style before your visit. For first time braiders, it is highly recommended that you have a consultation before booking your appointment.
Traditional Faux Locs are achieved using a method in which extensions are wrapped at the base(roots) and followed through to your desired length, usually ending at the middle of the back. A heightened level of tension may be experienced due to the nature of this technique. Generally, it takes 5 to 7 days for the tension to subside at the roots and for the dreads to drop or flow freely with movement. It is important that you consult with your stylist before styling should you have any questions. The client is also responsible for performing the proper hair care practices prior to styling. Faux locs is a specialty style, and we will NOT offer a credit or refund for any issues related to pain, discomfort and/or dissatisfaction with the final look.
After the completion of most styles, we hot water set the hair extensions to straighten or add curls/waves to the ends of the braids or twists, and more importantly, to polish the style. While this is a common and safe practice, we extend to you the right to refuse this part of the service.
You must wrap your hair every night with a satin scarf or bonnet to optimally maintain the style. You can also opt to sleep on a satin pillow cover. The satin material prevents the hair from frizzing and locks moisture into your hair and scalp. A du-rag or a large cotton t-shirt are great alternatives to use for this purpose as well.
While wearing braids, it is best to keep up with a soft regimen to maintain the health of your hair. A soft regimen is a simple way to maintain your scalp’s moisture content and overall health during protective styles. You can create a homemade braid spray to do just that. In a spray bottle, mix water, an astringent like lemon juice, honey, and a mixture of herbal oils. Spray this mixture onto your scalp 2 to 3 times per week. Then massage your scalp with a light oil like avocado or jojoba. This simple formula will also help to release tension and reduce itchiness due to dry scalp.
To maintain the health of your natural hair, it is vital to take a break of at least 2 months from ALL tension styling habits after removing a braiding style. This includes NOT getting braids, twists, weaves, crochet and tight ponytails. In between styling, your focus should be on treating your hair and scalp with a consistent regimen of hair conditioning, scalp oil treatments, hair masks and rocking your natural hair as is.
You can wear ponytails and wigs periodically but frequently wearing these styles can cause breakage along the hairline and suffocate the scalp. So be careful and don't overdo these styles. Maintaining your natural hair may seem difficult, but it is the best way to preserve and repair your hair and scalp from the stress caused by styling. Also, the more you allow yourself to appreciate your natural hair state, the more you will learn about what it needs and what methods work best for you.