Conditioning is pretty simple when you are in braids – for one, you can condition daily using a variety of products that are built for conditioning your hair. Mostly any leave-in will do, but when you have braids, you tend to avoid creamy conditioners, and focus on liquid ones like Infusium 23.
In a spray bottle, you can always build your own conditioner mix by adding what you like to your spray bottle, along with water, and spray your hair liberally daily. When you have braids, you can even deep condition or steam your hair as well. Braided hair is one of the best times to give your actual hair what it needs, as it rests from manipulation.
The Crown and Glory Method also states that your braids should not be too tight, so as not to cause tension on your edges. It also recommends that you sleep on a satin pillow case at night to keep your hair from drying out.
What the method may have missed
Protein – Before you wear any kind of braided or twisted style, you want to do a protein treatment to get your hair strong, before putting in your braids. When you take down your braids, your hair will be relatively weak from the constant moisture and being locked up for that long. We recommend doing a protein treatment when you take down your hair, and remove all the shed hair.
Overall, just from the limited information that I saw on this method, it is a pretty simple way to care for your hair, while in a protective style. I hate to say it’s old news, because many of us still have questions about how to deal with our hair before, during, and after a protective style.
For some of us who have been braiding for a while, we are kind of aware of how to care for our hair, and follow some of these very techniques. The truth is, if you are trying to push products, it does help to coin something or to educate people on how to care for their hair. If you cannot do that, then you have no business selling hair products in the first place.
If you want to try to retain as much length as possible, this might just be a great alternative for you, especially if you do not mind wearing braids and twists for a majority of the time. There is no doubt that your hair will grow – if you are not touching your hair, you will without a doubt retain length. This gives the Crown and Glory Method legitimacy in its own right, but it isn’t reinventing the wheel.
Have you ever heard of the Crown and Glory Method?