Want to keep long, healthy locks? All you need is a protective hairstyle!
Protective hairstyling is a nice and easy way to save our hair from damage. This method is not just for naturalistas or for straightened hair. In fact, all women should apply this process if we want to protect our hair from factors like heat, weather, and pollution.
It is also a way of giving our hair a break from many hair-damaging products such as harsh cleansers and styling items. And, it helps retain the length of our hair because it prevents breakage, split ends, and hair fall.
To help you get started, here are some things that you need to do to prep your strands for protective styling:
Step 1. Cleanse Hair
Before your new protective hairstyle, you’ll need to wash your hair first to remove oil buildup, other residues, and dirt from the hair and scalp. This prevents scalp itching, dullness, and irritations. This step prepares our hair for proper moisturization.
Unless you’re using a sulfate-free hair cleanser, it is best to wash and rinse hair with an herbal rinse such as tea rinse or apple cider vinegar hair rinse. It is very easy to prepare and inexpensive. It boosts the natural shine and luster of your hair strands as well as help remove unwanted buildup and pollution stuck in your tresses.
Step 2. Condition Hair
Conditioning and detangling your hair before installing your protective hairstyle is important. This fights frizz, prevents breakage, and retains hair length while you style your hair. Look for a natural hair conditioner. It is best to apply a natural haircare product as they are free from chemicals that can be trapped in your scalp and hair.
One natural option is to make your own deep conditioning treatment. Our kitchen is full of natural ingredients that are great for our hair! You can experiment with some ingredients including mayonnaise (usually used as a base), natural oils like argan oil, virgin coconut oil, and jojoba (used as moisture sealants). Also most hair experts advise not to leave deep conditioners in the hair for more than an hour.
Step 3. Final Rinse Using Cold Water
This step is crucial. Rinsing with cold water closes up your hair cuticles! It is very important because it helps prevent breakage and damage especially when brushing and styling the hair. Also remember to air-dry your hair before combing as our hair is vulnerable to damage when wet. And lastly, use a wide-tooth comb or a boar bristle brush.
Step 4. Lock-in Hair MoistureLast but not least is moisturize and then seal in the moisture in your hair. Natural oils such as argan, coconut, jojoba, rosemary, and shea butter, are great alternatives to chemical based leave-in moisturizers. Today, we can buy liquid herbal oils that are not greasy and does not smell strong so we can apply a little amount in our hair, leaving our hair moisturized and protected.
After following the above steps, you’ll be ready to protective-style your hair. And you’ll be on your way to healthier, shinier, and longer hair!
Are you up for a braid? A bun? Or a chic boho look? Go ahead your hair is ready!