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NB2010: Washing braid extensions

Hey everyone. Columnist New Beginnings 2010 here with a mini update. I decided to wash my braids tonight after a little vacation to Busch Gardens this week. I tried my new Burt’s Bees Shampoo by diluting it with water and putting it in a spray bottle. I have to admit that it was much easier to wash my scalp and braids that way. Burt’s Bees shampoo says that it has no sulfates, but it still lathers. I think it’s because of an ingredient called sucrose laurate.

Apparently it is a fatty acid and an emollient, and after a little research, I didn’t find anything negative about it, so I’m assuming it’s okay. I started to use Care Free Curl’s Hair and Scalp Spray (which I’ve been using since I got the braids), but I realized that it has parabens and imidazolidinyl urea. I’m not a fan of those products, so I put water and Redken Smooth Down Butter Treat (my FAVORITE product) in another spray bottle and used it as a leave-in conditioner. I followed that up with Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula Conditioning Spray Oil to seal in moisture.

The main ingredient in it is strangely canola oil, but I really like the Palmer’s hair moisturizer, so I decided to try it anyway. I like it so far. We’ll see how my new growth reacts to it when I take the braids out. I’m thinking about adding some coconut oil to it later. Well that’s my mini update. I’ll mostly be making mini updates while I’m in braids since I’m letting my hair rest.