A Guide to Hair Extension Salons

A Guide to Hair Extension Salons

It can be difficult to find a hair extension stylist near you, and you don’t always have the time to drive hours to get your hair done. Luckily, several online resources are available to help. Here is a helpful, condensed list: Black Beauty Care Directory This site is...


In this post we’ll be talking about how long you should keep your hair extensions or your braids in and that’s a common question that we get asked all the time in our hair braiding community.

This question comes up especially after someone has their hair braided

Here is our response.

So you braided your hair and you realize that it took forever, and you spent a lot of money on it and you want to know how long you should keep it in.

Our Answer: Three to four months and that’s with a touch-up.  So, if you have 4c hair (4c hair is like 4b hair type only it is more tightly coiled) you can keep it in longer.  You can keep it in for three months or four months but as long as you get your edges touched up or you get your back touch-ups.  You want to make sure you don’t let your front hair get so long that it rips out your roots.

You don’t want your hair to rip out from the braids near the front edges, so you may want to consider a touch up.  Just be sure the touch up does not mean pulling your front edges too tight.

However, you should really want to keep your braids in as up to the three or four months maximum but if you really can’t stand that maximum time then the minimal time is one to two months.

We mention these timeframes because braiding takes a lot of time to do and it can be a waste of money to only leave in one month or two.

Based on the community most people keep their hair for 4c hair a minimum of three months but no longer than four months (again with a touch up every five to six weeks).

Okay so that is our brief answer to the question of how long to keep your braids in or how long can your braids last.

Share your comment about this post.  How long do you keep your braids in?

We would love to hear from you and any tips or advice you can offer.  To learn more about Braids & Styles be sure browse our website.

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