Shikha Mittal


How To Maintain Your Protective Hairstyle

Twist and braids are awesome.  Protective styling is a great way to protect your hair and make it lower maintenance. But in winters they need to be extra care. Also, you should follow a healthy hair regimen when your hair is out, as well as when your hair is in a protective style. There are many common protective braids and twist like cornrows, short twist, top knot, goddess locs, Senegalese twists, feed-in braids or any other kind of braid-or-twist-related protective style, if you want them to last and your own hair to remain healthy in the process, here are some things that you absolutely should NOT do. The biggest mistake women make when protective styling is braiding their hair up and ignoring it for two months. You must follow these steps to maintain your braids healthy and fresh. 

Protect your hair at night

You must take care your hair at night and the best way to sleep with protective hairstyle is just by wrapping your hair a scarf (you can use a silk / satin scarf) and bonnet at night. Many of you ask why only silk or satin material. The answer is simple. Because the material of silk can help to lock in moisture and your hair is more likely to slide rather than catch and tug.

But if you use material such as cotton and other rough fabrics are damaging for our hair, and they will also contribute to your braids not lasting as long. You have to face a problem for wrapping your hair around. It’s a little tricky but practice makes you perfect. And get a sound sleep with your braids and twist and keep your braids for long lasting.

Moisturize your hair

Protective styles help cut down on your morning routine because you don’t have to fiddle with your hair as much. However, it is important to regularly moisturize your hair and scalp if you want your protective style to do its job. The oils on your scalp will lock in moisture and give new growth some elasticity when the braids start to tug at the roots.  Apply only naturally derived oils to the scalp and roots, while avoiding synthetic oils and mineral oil. Coconut oil is a favorite since it boasts a high moisture-retaining capacity, meaning it doesn’t evaporate or break down easily. Once it’s on the skin, scalp, and hair shaft, it doesn’t let moisture escape easily. Locking it in keeps strands and skin moisturized for longer periods of time, and makes it less prone to breakage.

Washing is must

Even though you have braids, you still have to wash your hair to get rid of dirt and buildup. If you’re wondering how often to wash natural hair with braids, you should be prepared to wash your hair every 2 to 3 weeks. During your hair wash routine, your focus should be on your scalp.  You need to use a good shampoo and dry your hair properly so that your braids are not damp.

Take care of hair edges.

Edges are an important part of hair so don’ ever forget it! When you are getting your braids/twist done then make sure to leave your edges out. Take extra care to detangle and deep condition before reinstalling your braids again. Remember that your edges are already fragile, so they need a little bit of extra care and attention.

Don’t braid too tightly

It is important that for long lasting your braids should be tightly bound so it will be more secure, but too much tight will give more tension on your scalp. The hair on your edges is typically more thin and fragile than the rest of your hair, if as a result of pulling your hair tight will breakage roots and eventual bald spots.

Braids for too long period

The longer you keep these styles the dryer the hair becomes. Dryness leads to breakage and breakage leads to hair loss.  Therefore, two months are recommended by experts to wear your protective style

Reduce up-dos, pulling and high manipulation 

Changing of hairstyle has been always fun, but constant styling and high ponytails or up-dos pulls on your hairline and consistently pulling on your hairline will weaken your thirsty roots. No need to destroy your edges over styling. Simply limit these kinds of styles to 1 or 2 times a week instead of daily.

Everything needs care. Really protective hairstyle definitely gives you a new look and enhance your beauty. Wear them and do these little care and you will feel on the top from inner self.