Protective Styling: Everything You Need To Do
As a curly girl, protective styling is everything. It allows us to achieve many goals at one time such as having a new hairstyle, giving our natural hair a break or just protecting it from the weather. Regardless of which goal we’re trying to achieve, there are a few things that you need to do when protective styling. Your hair needs to be cared for before, during and after the styling. Don’t think that you’re just going to leave your hair for 4 to 6 weeks without any TLC.
Here’s what you need to do:
PRE – Protective Style:
Cleanse – Before protective styling, ensure that you thoroughly cleanse your scalp with a clay mixture or sulfate-free shampoo. All these options will get the scalp squeaky clean without leaving it dry. Also, ensure to massage your scalp to lift any dead cells, dirt or product build-up that has accumulated in your follicles.
Condition & Deep Condition – Next, it’s time hydrate your parched hair strand using your favorite conditioner. As well as, using your deep conditioner to revitalize the hair strands so they’re able to stay hydrated for approximately 4 to 6 weeks. Don’t forget to detangle your tresses using your fingers or a wide-tooth comb. This will make manipulating your hair to achieve the style so much easier.
Choose The Hairstyle (And Hairstylist) – You need to find a local hairstylist within your area whether through Instagram that can give you the hairstyle that you can. We recommend searching through Instagram with the hashtag #braideratlanta if that’s your location. There you will be able to see the hairstyles that they have done on the previous client.
Object to tight styles – When the stylist is styling ensures to remind him/her that you do not want the style to be done tightly. And, don’t let them trick you into believing, “if it’s not done right, it’s not done well”. You can have your style done neatly without your scalp being pulled upon.
Only Wear It For 4 to 6 Weeks – After approximately 4 to 6 weeks, it’s time to let the protective style go. Keeping it in for longer than this will have harmful effects on your hair. You could suffer from product build-up that is clogging your hair follicles, dandruff on your scalp to due to the lack of moisture to your scalp, as well as breakage because your hair strands aren’t getting any hydration as they are covered up.
POST – Protective Style:
Post protective styling encourages you to start the cycle all over again.
1] Cleansing – to remove the product build-up for 4 to 6 weeks
2] Condition & Deep Condition – Replenish the hair strands with moisture and strength.
3] Moisturize and style – keep your hair hydrated to last for the length of time as the style as per usual.
Styling does not mean a protective style. You must give your hair approximately 1 to 2 weeks to breathe. Remember it’s been covered/closed for an extended period. And, just like you, it needs oxygen and some vitamin D.