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How to Care for Your Natural Hair While Protective Styling

By January 27th, 2021No Comments
How to Care for Your Natural Hair While Protective Styling
by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com

Protective styling is known as a style that helps to protect your hair and ends from the everyday elements. A protective style does not require much manipulation such as combing, brushing and pulling of your hair. I love wearing protective styles all year round.

If you have been keeping up with me, you know that I have been protective styling all summer. The reason that I have chosen to wear protective styles this summer is because I am trying to help my hair grow and retain length, and I’m just not feeling my natural hair right now. Due to a few reasons my hair just has not been super healthy like it should be. I talked about how I had to learn all over again how to care for my natural hair post baby, here.

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This summer I have tried out crochet braids with curlkalon hair, a wig, clip- in extensions by Kinky Cury Yakki, crochet faux goddess locs and crochet twists. I also have been taking a multivitamin every day with my hair skin and nails vitamin and drinking 64-75 ounces of water a day. It is important that I began to take care of my hair from the inside out.

Caring for your hair while you are protective styling is very important. Just because your hair is in a protective style doesn’t mean you can forget about it. I have been keeping up a consistent regimen while I am protective styling. Here are a few ways that I care for my hair while protective styling.

  1. I have been taking care of my scalp by using my Pre-shampo DIY treatment for my dry scalp.
  2. In between my protective styling I have been making sure to deep condition as well as steam my hair.
  3. Also, I have found that it is very important to clarify your hair. I usually use a clarifying shampoo or use the bentionite clay treatment to clarify my hair.
  4. Moisture is a major key alert!! Although your hair in a protective style, you still need to moisturize your scalp. I use a mixture of water, my favorite oil (tea tree), liquid leave in, and aloe vera juice.
  5. Night time care is also important, you still need to cover your hair with a satin bonnet or scarf. Rough cotton pillows can pull moisture from your hair, so make sure you are protecting your hair at night.

While practicing this temporary protective style regimen, I hope to nurse my hair back to health. I am not manipulating it as much so I hope to retain length. Next month I will go to my stylist and get a trim and see how my hair is coming along!


How do you care for your hair while protective styling?

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