4. Rub A Dub Dub!
Protective styling does not mean that you don’t need to shampoo your hair. In fact, you still need to shampoo your hair.
Bacterial growth is not only yucky but standing in the way of your ultimate goal.
Clogged follicles are unable to produce new hair strands, thus stunting hair growth. Visit your salon professional to shampoo your weave installation.
Be sure to sit under a hooded dryer to prevent mildew and mold from growing near the scalp.
For braids/faux locs, witch hazel is a great astringent used to clean your scalp if you’re hesitant to have a full scalp immersion.
Though a bit more tedious, this is a less invasive and frizz-free way to cleanse your hair.
5. Take A Break!
Although protective styles are awesome for preserving your hair, they should be done in moderation.
Back-to-back protective styles also lead to consistent tension on your follicles. This can cause unwanted stress and weaken the root which, over time, can lead to irreparable damage.
Leaving your hair out in between protective styles, giving your follicles a chance to rejuvenate is key.
Two weeks to one month is recommended in between each new style.
Remember . . . your hair comes first.
A great number of women rely on protective styles for their everyday looks. However, inputting your hair first will flourish underneath each installation.
Without taking the necessary precautions, these styles can very well damage one’s natural hair strands to the point of no return.
Utilize these tips and protective styling will definitely help you reach your healthy hair goals!