I just took out some kinky twist extensions about a week ago. I had them in for 6 weeks.
I really love wearing braids because they’re such low maintenance, but I probably won’t be getting them too often because they stress my hair out.
My edges broke off a bit (nothing drastic) so that was enough to scare me away from wearing them too often.
Despite my edges, I didn’t have as much shedding/breakage overall as I’ve had before.
Maybe because I took the time to keep my braids moisturized (olive oil) and I conditioned them several times a week with Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave In Conditioner.
It’s important to keep moisturizing and cleansing your scalp regularly while your hair is braided. I love the African Pride Spray On Braid Shampoo because it lathers on contact. I was able to keep my weekly wash routine with the braids.
If you’re going to wear braids I think it’s important to give your hair a long break in between. You should also not keep them in longer than recommended by your stylist.
I think two months should be the max and three months may be pushing it unless you have micro braids or some style that is supposed to last that long.
If I do get them again it will be months from now and I’ll try to keep from getting them too small. Smaller braids seem to cause the most tension.