1. Choose a reputable hair braider. Your desired style may be cute but keep your hair texture and density in mind when choosing the best protective style. If your edges are thin, choose styles that have minimal tension in those areas. Discuss with the braider any concerns you have BEFORE they start to braid. Braid installs should not be painful, if it is ask the braider (kindly) to stop immediately.
2. Protect Your Hair at Night. Covering your head with a satin bonnet and/or wrap at night not only keeps your edges looking fresh it also protects your roots from drying out when you sleep. If you find satin wraps uncomfortable, then place a satin pillowcase over your pillow for a similar type of protection. For extra protection, wrap your head and use a satin pillowcase. If your headscarf comes off while sleeping, you still have the protection of your satin pillowcase.
3. Don’t stop moisturizing. Even in braids, keeping the hair moisturized should be a priority. Our scalp is prone to drying out during protective styling. Our hair needs moisture to survive and the best type of moisture is water-based products sealed with a light oil. Using heavy gels and oils alone will clog our pores and make it more difficult for our follicles to absorb moisture. Try using a spray Leave-In conditioner to keep the scalp moisturized.
4. Keep the hair clean. Well maintained braids can last anywhere between two to eight weeks. Even during protective styling, you should plan to cleanse roughly every two to three weeks. The buildup of sweat, dirt, and everything else that happens throughout your day can be damaging to your hair. Girl and Hair UNDER HAIR CARE system offers the most ideal hair care regimen for cleansing and protecting your scalp and natural hair while wearing protective styles. The collection uses naturally based protective, fortifying and conditioning ingredients to promote the growth, retention and strength of the hair follicles. Stop by today for a Sample!
5. Proper Take down Practices. When you are ready to remove your protective style, set aside a good amount of time and bribe a friend to assist! Removing braids, twists or weaves takes time and plenty of patience. Remember that the purpose of the protective style is to promote healthier hair. So be gentle with your hair when taking down your style. Your hair sheds about 100 strands per day, so expect to remove a GOOD amount of hair shed hair as you detangle the hair. Prior to cleansing, section hair and mist lightly with an Oil/Water mix. Take time to finger detangle to remove most of the shed hair PRIOR to shampooing the hair. Cleaning the hair without removing the shed hair WILL cause tangles and matting promoting greater hair loss and split ends.