4 Tips For Preserving Your Protective Style

e5f89baca7fe21904a5889c03fb9211aProtective styling is one of the best ways to help grow and retain long, healthy natural hair. Protective styling is also great if you want to manipulate and style your own hair less, like during the summer months or when you may be busy with other responsibilities.

Even though protective styling keeps your hair out of the way, you still need to take care of it so that it can grow and flourish while it’s tucked away. Here a few tips for preserving your natural hair while protective styling:

Wash hair underneath

Protective styling is NOT an excuse to not wash your hair. In fact, if you go weeks or months without removing dirt and build up, your hair will actually stop growing because your scalp and hair follicle have been blocked.

While it may seem harder to wash your hair while protective styling, it can still be done. If you have a weave, fill an applicator bottle with water and shampoo/conditioner and apply it between your tracks and braids. Rub the mixture into your scalp to cleanse before refilling the applicator bottle with pure water and rinsing your scalp clean.

If you have braids or twists, you can use an applicator bottle, or you can use a spray bottle filled with water and shampoo/conditioner. Rub into your scalp to cleanse before washing clean. With braids and twists it’s easier to do this method instead of standing in the shower and wetting your entire head, because otherwise the style will be heavier (which can start to pull at your edges), and it will take MUCH longer to dry.

Moisturize hair underneath


Moisturizing your hair is just as important as washing it while you have a protective style. Your natural hair should be moisturized before you install a style, and it should be re-moisturized often the entire time you protective style.

The extension hair that’s sometimes used when installing a style can be drying to natural hair, which is why it’s even more important to remember to moisturize.

With weaves, fill an applicator bottle with a little water, some leave in conditioner, and oil. Apply it between your tracks and massage it in every few days.

With braids and twists, you can again either use an applicator bottle or spray bottle filled with the same mix. When moisturizing these styles, try to apply product down the length to where your natural hair stops. Otherwise, it’s a little pointless to moisturize synthetic braiding hair that you’re going to cut off.

When choosing a leave in conditioner or other moisturizing product, try to look for something that doesn’t contain ingredients like dimethicone. Most ingredients that end in -cone are used to provide slip but they lead to more product build up that can only be washed away with harsh shampoos that contain sulfates.

Leave in conditioners that contain water, coconut oil, shea butter, glycerin, etc are very moisturizing for natural hair and won’t provide insane build up.

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About Victoria


Hi! My name is Victoria Sallie and I'm a twenty something year old blogger & student living in NYC. I began my transitioning natural hair journey in January 2013, and big chopped in April 2014. I decided to start writing because I wanted to document my hair journey, plus I realized that I couldn't find all the information I needed in ONE place on the internet. Deciding to return back to my natural hair was one of the best choices that I've ever made, and I'm glad to help anyone that has a question. Happy Hair Journey!

About Victoria


Hi! My name is Victoria Sallie and I'm a twenty something year old blogger & student living in NYC. I began my transitioning natural hair journey in January 2013, and big chopped in April 2014. I decided to start writing because I wanted to document my hair journey, plus I realized that I couldn't find all the information I needed in ONE place on the internet. Deciding to return back to my natural hair was one of the best choices that I've ever made, and I'm glad to help anyone that has a question. Happy Hair Journey!

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Vivian Gray

Beautiful

Poseidon Burnett

Them box braids snatch my edges!

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Beautiful black woman! Captivating!

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Poseidon ur braider snatched ur edges

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I like the less water but clean idea Meshell Webb

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This article is right on time. Just got some box braids