Taking Care of Your Hair While in a Protective Style
Protective styles could range from box braids, wigs, kinky twists, mini twists and any other style that allows us to keep our ends tucked away and that don’t require restyling for at least a week.
The reason we’re encouraged to regularly put our hair in protective style is because it is one of the main ways to retain length, as it reduces any touching or manipulation and hence reduces hair breakage. Now even though we may want to ‘let our hair be’ during the time it’s in a protective style, we still need to take care of it to ensure it stays healthy and that we retain as much length as possible.
These are some of the ways that you can take care of your hair while in a protective style:
1. Keep your scalp clean- When talking about hair growth, we often don’t emphasize enough the importance of keeping and maintaining a healthy scalp. The hair follicles and scalp play crucial roles in how your well your hair grows, and damage caused to them may lead to some sort of hair loss. One way of promoting your scalp health is to ensure that you keep it clean. I know that sometimes we may avoid washing our hair while in protective styles because of the frizz but one way to go around it is to dilute your shampoo with water in a spray bottle and spraying the solution directly on your scalp while rubbing it in with your fingers to lift up any build up and leave your scalp fresh and clean.
2. Moisturize your hair often- While you hair is tucked-away, it is still important to ensure that it stays moisturized, especially when using extensions because these have the tendency to dry out our hair leaving it brittle and prone to breakage. So while under a protective style, ensure that you spritz some water or your preferred mix of moisturizer to the length of your hair at least 3 times a week and seal it in with an oil of your choice. Ensure that your choice of oil and spritz are light and don’t contain many products, to help prevent product build up.
3. Protect your hair during bed-time- We spend about 30% of our time in bed, and that’s why it’s super-duper important that we cater to our hair needs as we sleep. While lying in bed it is important that you sleep on a satin pillowcase or wrap your hair in a satin or silk scarf or bonnet because unlike cotton, satin or silk material help our hair retain moisture as it does not suck it out. You can get your Craving Yellow Satin Bonnet here!
Hopefully these tips will help you keep your hair healthy while protective styling and help you reach your hair goals. Sending you lots of love and sunshine.