I am hosting the 30 Day Grow Your Fro Protective Style Challenge so naturally I want to share some tips on getting the most out of this challenge. Protective styles are the go to for most woman relaxed or natural. We use them to retain and gain length, minimize fairy knots, let our hair rest and the list goes on. Even though your hair is up and out of the way there are so many things you can do during this time to get the most out of wearing a protective style. I am going to share how to care for your hair and scalp during a protective style, these are tips I have tried and have been successful for me.


Pre Protective Style:

How you treat your hair and scalp prior to installing your protective style is just as important to what you do when wearing a protective style.

  • Detangle
    • Make sure all shed hair is removed and all tangles are removed
  • Hot Oil Pre-poo Treatment
    • Helps moisture retention
  • Shampoo
    • Clean Hair is a must no co-wash
  • Protein Treatment
    • Great way to strengthen hair prior to any prolonger style
  • Deep Conditioning Treatment
  • Trim

During Protective Style:

Scalp Healthy

  • Scalp Massages
    • Using Castor Oil or Black Jamaican Castor Oils
  • Scalp cleansing treatments
    • Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
  • Scalp Exfoliation
    • Brown Sugar Scalp Scrubs – removes dead skin cells which promotes hair growth. Healthy scalp equals healthy hair.


  • B-Complex
    • Needed for lowering stress, balancing your mental state, also has the components needed for healthy skin, hair and nails.
  • Omega 3, 6, and 9
    • Healthy Fats are a must for healthy hair.
    • Barleans Fish and Flax Oil
    • Udo’s Oil
  • Biotin
    • Water soluble so you don’t have to worry about taking to much, but you do want to make sure you drink enough water.  You can read more about Biotin here.
    • Country Life, my personal favorites, tiny and effective.



  • Hair growth supplements
    • Optional but can be very helpful. Please note if you take a hair growth supplement you will not need to take Biotin, most supplements have Biotin in them.

Healthy Eating

  • Minimal 3 healthy meals a day
    • Breakfast being the most important meal, I like to eat my bread/carbs in the AM to assure I burn them off by days end.
  • Healthy Snacks
    • Nuts, Vegetables, Salsa, Humus, Avocado
  • No Fast Food/Fried Food
  • Drinking 8 glasses of water a day
  • No Soda

Physical or Mental Time:

  • Walking
  • Yoga
  • Cardio
  • Weight Training
  • Meditation

Post Protective Style:

  • Patience
    • Don’t rush the take down process. Start when you have time and you are well rested.
  • Detangling
    • Start at the ends and work your way upward
  • Removing all Shed Hair
    • This is honestly the most important step. If the shed hair isn’t removed properly it can cause massive tangles similar to dread locks.
  • Pre – Poo/ Scalp Treatment
  • Shampoo
    • Remove any build up
  • Deep Condition


Video: Scalp Care Post Protective Style


Here is this weeks #ProtectiveStylespiration video

 I hope you all found these tips on how to care for your hair and scalp during a protective style helpful. In all we do for the care of our hair, it is nice to slow down and get back to the basics.

I want to take a second to thank our incredible sponsors. Most challenges are just that a challenge but the 30 Day Grow Your Fro Protective Style Challenge is different we have some incredible sponsors offering some even more incredible prizes for those participating. So show our sponsors some love!

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Best of luck to all participating,
~Maria Antoinette
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Maria Antionette is a professional hairstylist, DIY creator and fashion lover with a belief that beauty can be fun, easy and simple.
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