How do you do?
Keeping your braids in for more than a month without a wash or deep condition?! NOT COOL homie!! 😀 It’s very important to keep your hair healthy and nourished while under a protective style. Besides, the point of the style (apart from the dope look) is to keep manipulation of the strands at a low, to retain and promote growth. How can we expect this if the hair is kept dry and thirsty?
Here’s the 411!
- THE HAIRLINE PEOPLE! THE HAIRLINE!
- Super tight braids are what often cause that hairline to disappear! Do not allow your stylist to do this yo! I see many people struggling to get that hairline back. It’s miserable. Another cause is heavy braids, especially ones that are kept in for way too long. I would advise to keep the braids in for 2.5 months at the most, which you can even stretch to 3 months if you are following the tips below…
- KEEP SCALP MOISTURIZED
- Gotta keep the scalp moisturized people. Don’t forget to water your roots! Moisturize the scalp with a light feeder oil such as grapeseed, jojoba or coconut oil. Make sure to massage the scalp well with little oil – dumping a lot of oil on your scalp will not only feel very uncomfortable and greasy, but will leave you feeling as if your scalp isn’t ‘breathing’!! LOL I advise you oil the scalp every 2nd or 3rd day depending on whether it feels dry or not.
- YOU STILL GOTTA WASH HONEY!
- Every 2 weeks, you can either shampoo or do an ACV (Apple cider vinegar) rinse to get the scalp and hair clean. Shampoo or ACV rinse will depend on what you’re already doing in your routine. This wash is super easy and I love it! Why? NO DAMN DETANGLING – I think this is my best reward and main reason for heading to a protective style!
- TRY TO DEEP CONDITION EVERY 2 WEEKS
- On the same day as the wash, after the shampoo or rinse while hair still damp, you apply deep conditioner over the length of the braids where you hair is, leave it in for an hour plus (I could go 4 hrs even lmao) – under a heat cap if possible, then wash out. This will repair the hair, replenish it with nutrients and give it some much needed strength. A DC will keep the hair under the braids intensely moisturized and happy.
- TRY TO MOISTURIZE THE HAIR DAILY
- I create a mixture in my spray bottle that sounds something like this: 1 cup water, half a cup aloe vera juice, 3 tbsp (each) of grapeseed oil, coconut oil, and olive oil. I shake it up and spray the braids with this daily, concentrating on the parts where my hair length is. Make sure to massage the braids to make sure the mixture is penetrating the braid hair to reach your actual hair.
- I STILL WEAR A SCARF TO SLEEP
- The friction I avoid by wearing the scarf actually keeps the braids looking neat for longer. You only ought’a cover the part with your hair, you can then just braid up/twist up /bun up the braid ends.
- HOT OIL TREATMENT IMMEDIATELY AFTER BRAID TAKE DOWN
- Even though you did the above, your hair is still not as hydrated as it normally is or should be because some strands were really tucked away tightly behind the hair extension strands. SO, a hot oil treatment is a great way to get major moisture back into the hair. Trust me on this, your hair will love it. Done on dry hair after the take down, you coat the hair in your favorite oils, then massage them in. Tightly wrap your head with a hot damp/wet towel (or go under a steamer if you have one), wait at least an hour. Your hair will be unbelievably soft after (which makes the detangling process suuuper easy). From here on, you carry on as you would your normal wash day i.e. detangle – wash – DC – style. I’ll try to write you a detailed hot oil treatment post soon k.
AAAAAND that’s all folks! Hope this helps ya! It definitely works for me! Let me know in the comments what you guys do to maintain your naps under your protective styles! Remember to subscribe below so you don’t miss my next post k! Love ya’ll! 🙂 🙂