How To Care For Your Natural Curls In Between Protective Styles

Posted on October 02 2019

How To Care For Your Natural Curls In Between Protective Styles


Phase 3: Caring For Your Natural Curls 

Protective styles for natural hair are a great way to grow and help retain the length of your hair, but the aftercare is just as important! The next few weeks are important to looking after your natural hair and prepping it before your next protective style. Your hair needs to rest every once in a while. Here are a few steps that should help revive your hair after box braids.

Relax and Take A Break

After protective styling for 3-6 weeks, you should take 2-4 weeks to give your hair some much needed TLC. Your hair has been tucked away for a while so now it's time to relax and give your hair a break. If not done properly, protective styles can put a strain on your hair and scalp, so giving your hair a break is just the remedy. Let your hair breathe and enjoy its natural state. You should always make sure your hair is cleansed before installing a new protective style, and should definitely not install on dirty hair - but I'm sure you all know this. During this time you can get in some REALLY good deep conditioning wash days too.

Scalp Massages

Healthy hair starts at the roots. After having your hair tucked away for a few weeks, it is really import for you to give yourself a good scalp massage. Weekly scalp massages are great to add to your hair routine.

Your edges may need some TLC if they’ve had tension on them all summer. Rest your edges now! They can recover if you give them rest! Hot oil treatments and scalp massages are great for stimulating the scalp for healthy hair growth.

Massage weekly with a homemade growth oil blend with oils that you may already have in your pantry such as:

  • Avocado Oil
  • Olive Oil and
  • Coconut Oil

Some of you may be Coconut Oil sensitive, so can always opt for another oil such as Sweet Almond or Jojoba Oil.

I love using warm Ayurvedic oils for my scalp.

  • JBCO Oil
  • Bhringraj Oil
  • Brahmi Oil
  • Neem Oil and 
  • A few drops of Peppermint essential oil to really stimulate the scalp

Along with a scalp massager, these oils really penetrate the scalp and hair follicles. Definitely experiment with oils that suit your needs with what you want to achieve on your hair journey, wether it be for strength, shine or hair growth.


As said in the last series, trimming is an important part of your hair regime. A trim or dusting is not needed every time you install a protective style but it is always good to really look at the health of your ends. Before installing your next protective style, you should examine your ends or seek professional advice if you don't feel comfortable enough to do the trim yourself. 

Low Manipulation Hair Styles

These hair styles provide less stress to your hair strands, giving your hair a great while looking cute all at the same time. You are creating a style that requires less manipulation. Popular low manipulation styles include the pineapple, wash n gos, mini twists, buns or cornrows.

Layla from FusionsofCulture shows us how she takes care of her curls after wearing a protective style.

What do you do to take care of your natural curls during protective styles?

~ Love Uniqurl ~

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