HOW I WASH AND MAINTAIN THESE BRAIDS:
HOW I WASH: Very carefully. I braid on freshly washed hair and only wash it once during that time (after 2 to 2 and a half weeks).
1: I let the shower saturate my hair without manipulating.
2: I then dilute shampoo in an empty container making a soapy liquid. This prevents globs of shampoo getting stuck in braids and having to manipulate hair to remove it.
3: I pour diluted shampoo onto scalp and hair and use my finger pads to gently massage my scalp.
4: Grabbing a handful of braids at a time, I squeeze the shampoo through the braids.
5: I then rinse out shampoo by letting water from the shower run over my head - again, without manipulating.
6: Using a dry towel, I gently squeeze out as much water as I can and then let it air dry.
The thread helps it retain its length, so the braids don't shrink as they would with regular twists. Hope this helps.
MAINTEINANCE: Very minimal. I use a spray bottle with water, some leave in conditioner and a little olive oil and spritz every couple of days or whenever necessary. I sleep with a satin bonnet. That's it.