The winter months can be extremely harsh on your hair. It doesn’t matter what race you are, or your hair texture. The cold brisk air can dry out your stands. Since I have been natural for 3 years protective styling has become a essential part of my hair care journey. If you are a Naturalista you know exactly what I’m talking about Protective styling can be your best friend. Especially when there are times that you just don’t feel like doing your hair. In cases like this most of us opt for a protective styling. For those of you who are new to protective styling it is defined as styles that protect your strands, such as weaves, braids, or crochet. You can wear these styles for several days/ months without touching your hair. I personally like to do Flat- Twist, Box Braids, or Havana Twist for my protective styles.

The issue with most people who do protective styling is they have no idea how to care for their hair while it’s tucked away. Although you get the pleasure of not combing and doing your hair everyday you still have to maintain healthy hair care. Leaving your hair in a protective style without taking care of it can cause damage and dryness, which will eventually lead to breakage. I want to give you some tips on how to enjoy your protective styles all while caring for your hair underneath.

Tips For Hair Care While Protective Styling!

  1. Find The Right Products– Don’t just use anything on your hair when you are protective styling. Find products that are moisturizing for your scalp. I love using Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave in Conditioner.
  2. Massage your scalp- Massage your scalp  with your favorite hair oil. Massaging your scalp makes the blood flow which aids in stimulating hair growth. I love using Wild Growth Oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Peppermint Oil, or African Royale Braid and Extensions Sheen Spray.
  3. Lightly mist your hair with water- Your hair is like a plant it needs moisture and water to grow. Don’t drench your hair with water just lightly mist the roots to add hydration.
  4. Eat Well- Make sure you are eating plenty of veggies. The healthier your diet is the better off your hair will be. Eating a balanced diet promotes healthy hair. Also take a multi vitamin or a hair vitamin of your choice for additional health benefits.
  5. Drink Water- Drinking water is not only good for your body, but it’s good for your hair. Dandruff and dry scalp mostly comes from not having enough water intake. Make sure you are dinking 6-8 glasses a day.
  6. Don’t Over Do It- Leaving your protective styles in too long can also harm your hair. Your hair has to breath from the tension and it needs to be properly conditioned once the style is taken down. Try not to leave in your protective style for more than 4 to 8 weeks. Anytime after that is extremely to long.
  7. Try Not To Make Your Styles Too Tight- We want to preserve our crowns and edges at all cost. I honestly started doing my own protective styles for this very reason. Braiding salons tug on your edges and flyways to catch up every hair strand in sight. That’s not always a good thing! Save your edges SIS LOL. To try to do a protective style yourself check out some YouTube videos from some influencers and you will have a great protective style in no time.

I hope my tips for protective styling will encourage you to take better care of your hair. Happy protective styling!

Until Next Time,

“Stay Clutch”

Latavia Walston