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What to Know Before You Get Boho Braids 

Put the comb down. Sorry to break any DIY hearts, but this protective style should be reserved for the salon. Rutana explains the look requires a high skill level: “I use a knotless technique, so it’s easy on your natural hair to ensure there’s not as much breakage,” she explains, which isn’t easy to do on yourself. Working with human hair (which is recommended for this style) “can be challenging due to the softer texture of the hair which makes it hard to grip,” says Rutana, so it’s best to leave it to a professional. 

It’s best to consult with your stylist to establish if they will provide the hair or if you need to source it ahead of your appointment. Many salons don’t provide hair extensions, so oftentimes, you’ll need to visit your local beauty supply store ahead of time. Stylists can usually advise on what hair to buy — Runata loves Bohotress braiding hair which is exclusively available online in the U.K.

How to Prep Your Hair for Boho Braids 

Plan to arrive at your appointment with washed and blow-dried hair. Some stylists offer this service but if it’s unavailable, a simple shampoo to cleanse your hair and scalp, followed by a conditioning treatment to moisturize, and a thorough blow dry is all you need. 

How to Maintain Boho Braids 

A weekly refresh will prolong the wear of boho braids. Runata recommends combining a mixture of water and leave-in conditioner in a spray bottle and misting the braids at least once a week. Additionally, it’s important to wrap your hair with a scarf and sleep in a bonnet to preserve the style. To keep the style looking its best, Runata recommends a touch-up after four weeks. 

The Average Cost of Boho Braids 

The overall cost ranges from $300 to $600, on average. There are three main factors: the location of your salon, the price of the hair extensions, and how long and thick you want the braids. To give you an idea, St. Cyr charges $695 for small boho braids with hair included and $485 for the same style in medium width. Most salons and braiders have a standard length (usually falling right above the tailbone), so if you want braids any longer than that, chances are you’ll be paying extra.

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