Protective styles are great alternatives for when you need a break from your natural hair. But that doesn't mean that you can slack on your haircare routine sis! While we all love a fresh set of braids, it is important to implement a maintenance plan to prevent your "hair break" from ending in actual breakage and damage. Here are 4 tips to keep your hair luscious and moisturized under your fresh set of braids.
Wash Your Braids
When washing your hair with a protective style, make sure you shampoo each and every braid to remove debris and flakes. Take time to properly cleanse your scalp at least twice before conditioning. When conditioning, centralize your conditioner along the shafts of your braids and try not to apply too much to your scalp to prevent further buildup.
Moisturize, Moisturize, and Moisturize Some More
At least every 3 to 4 days, take time to give your hair a little TLC with some extra moisture. You can spray your hair with a little water or leave-in conditioner first and massage butter or oil along your scalp and down the shafts of your braids.
Keep Your Hair in Low Tension Styles
Because braids add tension to your hair, try to keep to styles that will bring your overall hair tension to a minimum. High ponytails and tight buns can cause weak and thinning edges over time. Check out a few styling ideas from "Amber Taught Me" to keep your edges on full and on fleek!
Wear A Silk Wrap to Bed
Invest in a silk wrap, bonnet, or satin pillowcase for night time. Using silk scarfs at night will protect your edges and keep your braids from getting frizzy.
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The Main Takeaway
Protective styles are not only a great way to take a break from your daily routine, but it's also a way to experiment and express ourselves with different styles! Whether its braids, twists, or faux locs, maintaining your natural hair will benefit you in the long end. Make sure to keep our Mango Butters in your stash to keep your natural hair strong and moisturized always.
What's your favorite protective style? Let us know in the comments below!