Sometimes, you just want your natural hair to rejuvenate or re-grow. You may have cut your hair or even colored it and want it to rest, and start flourishing again.
Protective styling is a sure way of achieving this. It’s the practice of fixing hair extensions that you will subject to the regular tugging, pulling, twisting, or combing while your natural hair rests for a while. These could be braids, weaves, twists, or any other style that you fancy.
Here are some things to do to prepareyour hair before fixing any protective style. For sure, your hair will be much better if you follow these:
1. Ensure that you have an adequate break in-between
If you have previously applied protective styling, make sure that you have adequate time for your hair to rest and breathe before considering a new one. The standard window is between 2-4 weeks after having your protective styling on for a period of 4 to 6 weeks.But, this will still depend on the type of style you want.
If you force your hair and style it without letting it rest, you may get the opposite result as it could become thin and easily break. In extreme cases, not allowing your natural hair to breathe and dry properly can lead to the growth of mold, which can be dangerous to your health.
2. Deep cleansing and conditioning
Naturally, dirt, dust, grease, and oil residues build up on your scalp. They can cause itching or a flaky feeling. Thus, the next step before a Protective Styles is to cleanse your scalp using a good shampoo.
After that, you will need to deep-condition your hair using a good conditioner. This will make it easy to detangle tresses as well as allow adequate moisture penetration.
Using a conditioner also helps in preventing breakage of hair. Thus, ensuring soft and smooth hair that looks wholesome.
3. Trim the ends
Often, you may discover that your hair has got split or fried. It would help if you trimmed these ends before protective styling.
Negligence in trimming the ends could result in further splitting of the shafts, particularly after weaves, braids, and twists. The best practice includes trimming, moisturizing, and sealing the ends before protective styling your hair.
4. Apply a leave-in conditioner
Applying the right amount of leave-in conditioner, will make your hair soft, non-flaky, smooth andmanageable. It will also help replenish your natural hair oils.
Leave-in conditioners can also help detangle your hair and protect it from heat. Plus, applying leave-in conditioners can strengthen your hair thanks to the protein and nutrients it contains.
5. Search for a reliable stylist
You need to search online or ask for referrals from friends or family members for an experienced stylist. Your stylist should be able to understand the peculiar nature of your hair, and masterfully determine what’s best for it.
As a general rule, whatever protective styling he or she fixes should not be too tight and uncomfortable.