The Protective Style Series: From Start To Finish and Everything In Between

Posted on September 18 2019

The Protective Style Series: From Start To Finish and Everything In Between

 

Let's just say protective styles are a great way to protect our hair all year round! Protective styling doesn't have an exact definition, it is more a number of styles you can do with your own natural hair or extensions that lessen the amount of manipulation.
Hopefully, our protective style series will give you everything you need to know about prepping and maintaining your curls, caring for your natural hair post braids, the takedown process and the aftercare of protective styling.

Our protective style series will give you everything you need to know about prepping and maintaining your curls, caring for your natural hair post braids, the takedown process and the aftercare of protective styling.

Phase 1:

The Preparation

The first thing you want to do is to think about what protective style you want to do and how practical it will be for you and your lifestyle. 

Secondly, think about how you will prep your curls for a protective style. The way you prep your hair will depend on how you will be doing your hair, what style you will be doing and how long your style will be in for. 

Whatever new style you decide to get, you want to make sure your curls are properly cleansed. Using a sulphate or cleansing shampoo and starting out your style with a fresh and clean slate with no product build-up. You then want to deep condition with a moisturizing or protein conditioner depending on what your hair needs, and oiling your scalp if you need to. You want to add those nutrients from the deep conditioner back into your hair strands, especially after using a sulphate shampoo. Check out our previous post - Moisture VS Protein: How To Know Which One You Need. It gives you all the info on what you need to know about moisture and protein, and how to tell which one your hair will need on wash day. Before you condition, try oiling your scalp then working the conditioner into your hair and apply heat. You can deep condition and do a hot oil treatment at the same time.

If your style requires your natural hair to be blown out, then continue to blow dry using your current routine and what works for you. You can opt to use a leave-in and heat protectant, or a product that contains both. 
If you are getting your protective style done at a salon, then think about whether you know and trust them enough to blow dry your hair for you. 

Check out Kaice Alea's routine on how she preps her natural hair for a protective style from her wash routine to her blow drying process. 

Maintenance 

Just because you have a protective style, doesn't mean you can just forget about your natural tresses underneath. Caring for your natural hair is just as important as maintaining the style. This style is intended to give your hair a break but is not intended to be completely left alone.

We all know what washing any braided protective style can be like! When refreshing, using a spray bottle with a little shampoo and water will help focus the product only on your scalp. Doing this helps prevent frizz and the soapy water will naturally flow down and gently cleanse the rest of your hair. Another alternative would be to use a no-rinse foam cleanser or ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinse. 

The great thing about protective styling is not having to do your hair or moisturize everyday. You do however want to maintain and keep your natural hair and scalp moisturized. Using a spray bottle with your favourite conditioning mix provides easy access to your scalp and braids. I love using water mixed with a little conditioner, spraying on the braids then oiling my scalp and hair.

Sleeping with a protective style can sometimes be a struggle, especially if you are wearing braid or senegalese twists. You want to find a way to style your braids while sleeping. Also making sure you protect your braids while you sleep with a satin/silk bonnet or pillowcase. Again this will reduce frizz and help to keep your style last longer. 

Prettywitty77 breaks down how wash, moisturize and sleep method to maintain her protective style.

How do you prep and prepare for your protective style?

~ Love Uniqurl ~

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