After manipulating your hair for weeks or even months, you need to allow it rest and Protective Styles do just that. Protective styles are also a great way to retain length because they put less stress on your natural hair.
Some examples of protective styles include braids, faux locs, wigs, weave on, corn rows, Bantu knots and the likes.
Before you get the protective style done, you need to check the condition of your hair; make sure everything is okay first. Nothing will break hair like a dry dead twig than putting braids, weaves or extensions in hair that is weak.
Here are some necessary things you should be doing to your hair before getting protective styling.
1. Cleanse your hair
Before anything else, you need to make sure that your scalp and strands are clean. Use a sulfate free shampoo to do the job. If you were in a different protective styling before this, chances are, dirt would have accumulated on your scalp so you need to wash it well. Use the shampoo at least 2 times.
2. Deep condition
You absolutely must deep condition your hair before you go get protective styles done. Deep condition your hair for like 15-20 minutes depending on what is written on the product you’re using but you can use a heat cap to quicken the process. Deep conditioning help your hair to possess moisture and reduces breakage.
Take it from me please, you absolutely need to detangle your hair before you get to the salon. In fact, try not to do the protective style the same day you wash it otherwise your scalp will really hurt. Try to wash and detangle 2 days before the day of the protective style installation so your scalp can rest. If you’re a fan of only finger detangling, you may have to add your wide toothed comb or detangling brush to help out and make sure your hair is ready for outside hands. If you leave detangling to the hairstylist, chances are they’ll just do anything to the hair and in the end, may even cause your hair to tear.
I know it may seem obvious but not doing this step will result in dry hair under the protective style and at the end of the day, dry hair breaks very easily. Use the LOC or LCO (where L is liquid or water, O is oil and C is cream) method to make sure the moisture is sealed.
Once you’ve done these, you’re ready to go. You just need to make sure that you don’t neglect your hair during the protective styling time.
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