September 16, 2014

Protective Style- Moisture and Maintenance


by Toia B of LuvToBNatural

I see it way too often- women run to get protective styles like box braids or kinky twists thinking every day for the next month or two will be a quick get up and go. Moisturizing goes out the window. The point of a protective style is just that- protection. For the duration of the style, you must keep your hair and scalp moisturized to get the most out of it.

During my time with yarn braids some time ago, I used A Natural Starr’s Hair & Scalp Refresher daily. I absolutely loved that stuff! My scalp felt healthy and my hair was well moisturized. Taking down the braids was a breeze!

Since then, I’ve been whipping up a moisturizing hair spray consisting of some simple ingredients:

Water: THE moisturizer.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO): Moisturizes and thickens hair making it strong from the inside out. It’s been known to increase blood flow to the scalp sending nutrients to hair follicles which, in turn, boosts hair growth.

Coconut Oil: Penetrates the hair follicle, contains Vitamin E and helps build hair strength by building protein. Also gives hair a great shine.

Aloe Vera Juice (AVJ): Balances hair’s pH. Soothes dry, itchy scalp. Great moisturizer.

Peppermint Essential Oil: Smells great! ^_^ The cooling effect leaves scalp feeling refreshed. Stimulates blood circulation to the scalp, promoting growth. Antiseptic.

Rosemary Essential Oil: Antibacterial. Improves circulation to the scalp to encourage growth.

Tea Tree Essential Oil: Treats many scalp issues like dandruff, psoriasis and lice. Prevents itchy scalp. Antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic.

Leave-in of choice: My favorite is Karen’s Body Beautiful’s Sweet Ambrosia. Oh yeah… I love it!

I use an 8 oz spray bottle and generally eyeball all of these ingredients using about 4-5 drops of each essential oil, about an ounce of AVJ, an ounce or two of each oil, about two ounces of leave-in and fill the rest with water. Maybe one day I’ll actually measure it all for the purpose of sharing but this has been working for me so far.

What do you use to moisturize your hair while wearing protective styles?

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