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What kind of hair do you use for box braids?

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Synthetic hair is typically used for creating box braids — a popular style choice among African American women. Three strands of hair form the braid with opposing strands crossing over one another.

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Box braids take about five hours to install and use around three packs of hair. The amount of hair is determined by the braid size.

Wait about a month before adding braids, and deep condition the hair if it is relaxed. Braids can be worn up to two months at a time. Trim the hair after the braids are removed. Super tight braids can cause traction alopecia, which is a form of hair loss caused by putting excess pressure on the roots.

While wearing boxed braids, the hair should be washed weekly. Wear a stocking cap to avoid frizziness. At night, wear a silk scarf to keep the braids free of frizz and lint.

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