Is yarn bad for your hair?
Does yarn damage your hair? No, yarn doesn’t damage your hair if you keep vigilant about the build-up that will occur at the base of some braids or twists. I have had some breakage due to poor detangling sessions after removing the yarn.
How long can you keep yarn locs?
How Long to Keep Yarn Braids in? Most women keep their yarn braids in for up to 5 weeks. However, some reported experiencing itches after only two weeks. If you try to keep them more than 5 weeks, you either get a lot of build-up or your hair gets quite frizzy.
What kind of yarn should I use for my hair?
We recommend using 100% acrylic yarn. Acrylic yarn is recommended because other types of yarn, like cotton or wool yarn, can often adhere to your hair strands and become matted. Yarn also comes in several different weights. Using either a 4 or 5 weight yarn would be perfect for yarn braids.
Can I wash my yarn braids?
All you have to wash is your hair, not the yarn. Plenty of people with yarn braids also choose to co-wash. Co-wash is washing the hair with conditioner only, not shampoo. With yarn braids in, you can still oil your scalp.
How do you seal yarn?
Cover the tip of the yarn in a sealant that is specifically designed for the prevention of fraying such as Fray Check, Fray Block, or Aleene’s Stop Fraying. These items can be found in your craft store and in some supercenter craft aisles. Allow the solution to dry over a scrap piece of fabric or paper towel.