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With summer around the corner I know its only a matter of time before the salon is flooded with clients ready for their next protective style. I can't tell you how many clients sit in my chair and tell me they do absolutely nothing to their hair between appointments. While the purpose of a protective style is to protect the hair it does require a little maintenance from you ! Here are a four tips to help you get the most out of your protective style.
1. Cover Up! Of course not all of the time but at least at night.. Having the best quality satin scarf, bonnet, or even pillow case is the best option for protecting your hair while you sleep. The number one No No is cotton! Cotton absorbs moisture and the last thing we want is dry hair right? I recently got my very first Extra Large Bonnet from Lisa Borum Head Wear and I am Loving it! The quality of satin is very nice, the prints are beautiful, it covers all of my hair, and guess what Yes it stays on ALL NIGHT! Check her out here!
2. A Little Moisture Please! So you get your hair done and figure your free for the next few weeks right? ... WRONG! Without a protective style we would need moisture so what changes once we get our hair done? Absolutely Nothing ! Depending on the style you can use a water based or cream leave in conditioner. I tend to use creams on styles I can properly rub all of the product into the hair, like on a two strand twist with my own hair. However, if I am rocking box braids or any extension style for that matter I love a good water based leave in conditioning spray so I can easily disburse the product and it wont cause any buildup as it is quiet difficult to rub in cream in on an extension style. Below you will find my two favorite leave in conditioners.
3. Wash Day ... So my hair is braided I am at the gym consistently, maybe I swim, or I just so happen to be one of those many people who sweat mainly from their head ... My scalp is dying and I keep putting different products on it that promise to offer me some relief... at least until its time to get my hair redone ... While this sounds nice relief is rarely the case with these. The purpose of the protective style is not only to make a busy life easier manage but it is also to create healthier tresses and lets not forget healthy scalp = healthy hair. So how do you achieve clean scalp while rocking your style ? If your wear any individual extension style it's pretty easy to wash your hair ... or you can rock with this really easy DIY Rinse Free Scalp Cleanser. I mix one part witch hazel with two parts water in a spray bottle. I spray this mixture on a clean wet rag and go through each section of the hair and gently cleanse the scalp, repeat until you have cleansed all of your scalp. Once completed oil your scalp with your favorite all natural hair oil. If you are a swimmer I recommend washing the hair with a clarifying shampoo and following up with a leave in conditioner... because the last thing we need is chlorine eating away at our strands!
4. Take Down... Ah Le Process... Lets keep it short and simple. If you aren't fully aware of how to take down your hair ask a professional, the last thing we want is to cut and/or damage the strands we've worked so hard at protecting. Also be sure to detangle prior to your shampoo if you find your self in a salon for this process let your stylist know if this is not a part of your service! Adding the detangling step following the take down is necessary to remove any shed hair that may cause extra tangles. I like to use a regular conditioner or my favorite co-wash and finger detangle by sections before washing my hair. My current favorite is the Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle which can be found in any Trader Joes Market.
So remember the key to protective styles is protecting the hair through proper care and maintenance. Don't be shy... make sure you ask your stylist questions they are there to service you! I hope that you find these tips useful and if you have any questions or any more useful tips be sure to leave a comment below! If you are in the Metro Detroit Area come see me!