Whether you are protecting your hair from the ever-changing weather, tired of your twist-outs or frustrated with transitioning protective styling is a great way to protect your hair, follow these guideline to maintain your braids.
1. Protect Your Hair At Night
Covering your head with a satin headscarf at night not only keeps your edges looking fresh it also protects your roots from drying out when you sleep. If you find satin head scarves uncomfortable then place a satin pillowcase over your pillow for a similar type of protection.
2. Keep Your Scalp Moist
Give your roots a quick spritz of water. Our hair needs moisture to survive.
3. Apply moisturizing and sealing product to hair
Make a point of applying a moisturizing product to your roots at least once a week. Shea butter gives added moisture, controls the frizzing of my braids and nourishes my hair with essential vitamins and minerals.
4. Avoid unnatural products when keeping hair moisturized
Choose natural oils like coconut oil and almond oil. They are great for soothing the scalp and retaining moisture without clogging your pores.
5. Wash your braids once every two weeks
You can always dry-wash your hair with a cloth, shampoo, and some water. Dampen a wash cloth with warm water and your shampoo of choice. Part you hair and wipe your scalp down in sections.
6. Avoid constant up-dos
Constantly styling your hair into high ponytails pulls at your hairline. This constant pulling weakens the hair along your hairline, try to limit up-do styling to 3 or 4 times a week rather than every day.
7. Don’t pull too tightly when styling
You can damage your hair when your pulling that braid to achieve the perfect style.
8. Extend your style time – Redo your edges
Rather than re-braid your entire head, go back to your stylist and ask her to spend an hour or so re-installing the braids along your hairline.
9. Don’t leave your braids in for too long
Protective styling is meant to be short-term temporary. Protective styling is to give your fragile ends a break and focus on attaining new growth.