Caring for your Protective Style
At some time or another we all decide to wear a protective style in our hair. Maybe it’s to retain length, let your hair rest or just to cut down on the daily maintenance that natural hair can take to maintain. Whatever your reason for protective styling, you can’t neglect to care for your hair while it’s up. While there is less maintenance with a protective style, it still needs to be shampooed, conditioned and moisturized to keep the scalp and hair healthy. The whole purpose is to protect the hair, but that doesn’t mean to forget about it either. There are 3 important steps to follow while your hair is in the protective styleto see the growth you want and to keep it healthy.

Step 1.Shampooing

Shampooing your hair while it’s in protective style is essential to keep your scalp and hair clean. Healthy hair begins with a healthy scalp. Be mindful of cleansing properly. Ways to shampoo vary as much the type of styles vary for your hair. You can choose to apply the shampoo directly to your scalp, massage between the parts and then rinse with warm water. Another popular choice is to mix your shampoo with some water and put it into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto your scalp and hair and then gently massage your scalp with your fingers to remove any dandruff, dust or debris. Cover the hair with a stocking cap so the water will not destroy your style during rinsing. Afterwards, rinse the hair throughly with water. Other ways to cleanse include using a damp cloth to go over strands and scalp or use a Q-tip dipped in a water or a shampoo mix to clean between the rows of braids or twists.

Step 2.Conditioning the Hair

Step 2 of caring for your protective style involves conditioning. Proper conditioning helps hair not only stay healthy but also aids the retention of moisture that protective styles need desperately. Just as with shampooing there are many options to conditioning your hair. Some choose to apply a conditioner right after shampooing, allow it to sit for a few minutes and then rinse thoroughly from the hair. Leave-in conditioners are also popular, taking care to really massage the product into the scalp. Use a gentle hand to cover hair so as not to pull the design out and produce strands. Like the spray shampoo method, leave-in conditioner can sprayed directly from bottle. Stylin Dredz Splash Moisturizer can be sprayed directly onto the hair. Another method is to “pre-poo”the hair by applying oil to scalp and hair before shampooing. Some Naturalista’s let oil stay over-night and shampoo in the morning. If you pre-poo apply oil at least one half hour before shampoo. Find the method that works for you and make it part of your routine. Well conditioned hair promotes growth and keeps dryness and breakage away.

Step 3. Styling Oils & Butters

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Healthy hair starts and ends with moisturizing. Broken, damaged hair and spit ends is the result of hair that isn’t properly hydrated. This is just as true for natural hair as it is for hair that’s in a protective style. Every other day apply an oil or butter moisturizer to your hair. Apply to scalp as needed. Use a light hand when applying, too much will cause build-up. If wearing braids start at mid strand and apply in downward motion to the ends. Pay particularly close attention to the ends of your hair as these are the oldest areas of your hair strands It’s good to show the ends the most TLC. After spraying or applying the oil, slide hands down the hairstrand to the end. Distributing it evenly to ensure hair and scalp are properly hydrated. To really seal in the moisture, apply the oil or butter, cover your hair with a conditioning cap and let hair really soak in the product.

Protective Styles Wonders

You will be amazed at how well your hair responds by just taking a little time off from manipulating it every day. The less you touch and mess with your hair there is less possibility for damage. So, take a break every now and then from the heat styling, chemicals and environmental factors, put your hair in a protective style and let it rest and restore itself.