June 2, 2015
Even though the weather has warmed up a bit, many women will still choose to do protective hairstyles in order to give their hair a break from frequent manipulation and from the elements. Protective styles are not only for the cold weather, they can also be done in the warmer season to protect the hair from the sun's UV rays, humidity, strong wind, and from the scorching summer heat.
Also, if you tend to travel more in the summer time, you'd probably want to keep your hair in a style that will last you throughout the duration of your trip. This way, your hair won't be drastically affected by changes in your new environment and schedule. You might be interested in knowing how to maximize your hairstyle so that you can get the most out of the hair growth and length retention benefits of protective styles...
Here are 10 ways that you can retain as much length as possible from a protective style.
This way, you won't have to worry about the stylist combing your hair while it's dry. Detangling your hair prior to installing a protective style helps to speed up the styling process and it reduces excessive breakage which can happen when the hair is manipulated in its dry state.
...so that you don’t end up with split ends which can reduce the amount of length that you retain.
Tight hairstyles are not only painful and uncomfortable, they can also be damaging to the hair follicles. This can affect your hair growth potential and result in bald patches around your edges and in different sections of the scalp.
Frequent styling and restyling can cause frizz, which can shorten the intended length of time that your hair is supposed to be kept in a protective style for.
Then, lightly spritz your hair a few times in a week or as needed. Spritzing your hair often with a hair spritz helps to re-hydrate the hair without disturbing or roughening the hairstyle. This allows you to wear the hairstyle for a longer period of time.
An ordinary bonnet will still protect the hair, but it won’t hold the hair in place like a scarf would. Silk scarves also help to keep the hair smooth and minimize frizz while you sleep, so you won’t have to do much maintenance in the morning. However, if you’re an active sleeper, it’s best to secure the scarf by wearing a satin bonnet on top of the scarf.
Lubricating your palms prior to restyling helps to reduce friction and frizz which can sometimes make the hairstyle to look rough.
Depending on the style, try to use your fingers to take down the style in order to minimize breakage. When detangling, make sure you only detangle small sections of the hair at a time, so that you don’t lose all your new growth to breakage.
Many protective styles doesn’t allow for a deep conditioning treatment because it can roughen the hairstyle. So the best way to restore moisture and strength back to the hair is to deep condition it when it’s loose.
What other ways do you maximize your protective style?