Protective styles can bring so many benefits to growing and maintaining healthy hair, including reduced manual manipulation - which often times over manipulation or constant manipulation of the hair can lead to breakage, split ends, frizziness, and dry hair. With all of the benefits that come with protective styles, they can be just as damaging to your hair if it is not properly maintained.
Here are a few tips and tricks to caring for and moisturizing your hair while it’s in a protective style:
- Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate your hair with water or a water-based product on a daily or weekly basis. Water based products are those whose first ingredient is water (such as a leave-in conditioner or hair milk)
- Lock in hydration by immediately coating your hair with a moisture rich butter or oil based product after applying a water based product (such as Super Soft Butter Blend or Silky Smooth Scalp Treatment). A butter or oil based product is one whose first ingredient is a rich butter or oil. This will increase softness and strengthen the hair.
- Keep your hydrating products refrigerated between use. Applying cold, water based products will lay hair cuticles down. This will increases shine, reduce breakage, and leave hair frizz-free.
- Moisturize your scalp with a combination of natural oils on a daily or weekly basis. This will promote and maintain a soft, supple scalp for healthier longer hair.
Remember: Protective styles can only work if you do too