Individual/Box braids‘ trend is coming back. You probably want to put some on. I hereby answer some questions you may have about braids.
1- How much time does it take to complete individual/box braids?
It all depends on the size, the length of your braid. In general, it takes from 6 to 8 hours to complete waist-length Hershey’s-chocolate-bite-size braids. Mine actually took six (6) hours.
2- For how long can someone keep her braids on?
It is recommended that you keep your hair in braids not for more than six (6) weeks. But, I have seen people keeping them for longer.
3- How to maintain your own hair while in braids?
Dry shampoo once per week and do a full shampoo then condition with a cap covering the braids every three to four weeks. From my own experience, I would suggest that you dilute the shampoo.
Daily spritz with water and one or more of your favorite oils and seal with any hair butter/moisturizing cream or oil of your choice.
Bag your hair before going to bed so that your roots can keep the moisture and your braids their beauty.
4- How does someone prepare her hair before braiding?
Drink plenty of water to keep your hair hydrated. Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo to remove all residues. Apply moisturizing shampoo and deep conditioning treatment or a hot oil treatment. Get your hair cut to remove all damaged or split ends.