4 Protective Styling No-Nos We Need to Seriously Think About

head wrapNot wrapping hair at night

I’m definitely guilty of this during my everyday life, but it’s important to wrap up your hair at night when you have a protective style.

If you sleep on a cotton pillowcase, it will rub against your style, drying it out or even causing it to become fuzzy over time. If you want your protective style to last for more than a few days, figure out the best way to preserve it.

Invest in either a satin pillowcase, satin bonnet, or silk scarf. Depending on the style you have, decide how to maintain your hair with these tools.

Refrain from using tight scrunchies or hair ties (which can pull at your edges). Instead, either let your hair go free, wrap it, or braid it at night to keep it neat. Preserving your hair at night is a key tip to getting the most time out of your protective style. You want to adapt your regimen to include the extension hair, which may have to be treated a little differently.

Installing protective styles back to back

Installing protective styles back to back means that you took out one style and got another one installed immediately after.


Although you may be on a protective styling wave, immediately restyling hair doesn’t give your natural hair a chance to ‘breathe’, and the strands may be a little weak.

Give yourself a short break between protective styles. After taking a style down, treat your hair to a wash and deep condition.

Restore the moisture in your strands and seal using the LOC method, especially if your hair seems dry after taking down your style. Leave your hair out for a few days before protective styling again. That way it can have a little time to flourish before being braided back up.

Protective styling is a major time saver if done correctly. If you’ve done any of the above, don’t feel bad- it happens to the best of us.

However, now you can get the most out of your protective style while caring for your strands underneath. Treat both your extension hair and your natural hair the right way and they will definitely cooperate. By not doing these things, you have the opportunity to retain length and see the growth that you want!

What’s your best protective styling tip?

Originally posted 2015-01-31 15:00:35.

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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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Comments

  1. Tieska Jumbo

    You can also use Scalp Fresh Scalp Cleansing Wipes to keep your hair clean and fresh in between washes. They are strong and made from organic cotton and other organic materials. The main ingredients are water, green tea and aloe vera. Try then today at http://Www.scalpfresh.com/shop.

  2. tmw

    I like to cut up an old tshirt and use it with mild shampoo and water to clean between my braids then rinse with the applicator bottle. Some times I do a double rinse first with apple cider vinegar and water then with clear water

  3. justpassingthrough

    This goes along with the tight thing, but one thing I think must be very harmful is when people get those big chunky styles, using a bunch of extension hair and tiny little sections of their own hair. Your poor hair can’t handle that much weight, whether the style is done loosely or not, its the same amount of pull.

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