Are we really protective styling?
Updated: Aug 20, 2022
Braids, twists and weaves have become the go-to protective style for many of us, but are we really protective styling?
Here are 10 tips to look after your hair while in braids, twists or weaves:
Prepare your hair before installation. Make sure your hair is conditioned well. If your hair is dry and in bad condition before such styling, it is more likely to break.
Not too tight!! No pain should be associated with your hairstyle, no matter how good it looks sis!
Avoid very long or thick braids/twists/faux locs. They can be heavy and put far too much strain on the roots.
Avoid adding too much hair (extensions) to each section. Go for less hair, larger sections.
Why not twist your own hair without heavy extensions? This is lighter and therefore puts less tension on the roots.
Avoid keeping your protective style in for months at a time. This can cause additional tension as your hair grows out. Try to keep to 4-6 weeks max.
Do not do back-to-back braids/twists/weaves. Take hair breaks after you remove extensions.
Moisturise! Do not neglect your hair while in protective styles. Protect it! Daily spritzes are great, also quick and easy.
Keep your scalp clean. Do not stop washing your hair while in protective styles. Healthy scalp = healthy hair. Aim to wash every 7-14 days.
Stop greasing or oiling your scalp – Yep. I said it. Our scalp produces its own oil, sebum. Adding thick greasy products to our scalp can result in build-up, inflammation and dandruff.
Have a go at incorporating these changes next time you protective style and watch your hair flourish!