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Synthetic braids can add length, change your style and make your hair easier to manage. Just like natural hair, synthetic braids need to be washed. The braids accumulate dirt, oil and residue, which can make them look dull. Special treatment is required when washing synthetic braids to ensure the hair remains in the best possible condition.

Apply braid shampoo, or 1 tsp. of regular shampoo diluted in 2 qt. of cold water, to your scalp and massage thoroughly to loosen dirt and oil.

Rinse shampoo completely.

Dry your braids with a towel to remove excess water.

Spray a moisturizing braid treatment to your braids to replace moisture lost during shampooing.


Using a moisturizer or conditioning spray formulated for synthetic hair between shampoos will help keep your braids looking natural and healthy.


Allow your braids to air-dry. Using a hair dry or any other heated styling tool may melt the synthetic fibers. Do not go to bed with wet braids. Mildew can form overnight and create odor. To prevent damage or fraying, do not wring or roughly squeeze water from your braids.