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.
- Make sure all shed hair is removed and all tangles are removed
- Hot Oil Pre-poo Treatment
- Helps moisture retention
- Clean Hair is a must no co-wash
- Protein Treatment
- Great way to strengthen hair prior to any prolonger style
- Deep Conditioning Treatment
During Protective Style:
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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:
- Weight Training
Post Protective Style:
- Don’t rush the take down process. Start when you have time and you are well rested.
- 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
- Pre – poo to soften the hair. (Must apply after removing shed hair)
- Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
- 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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Can you do a video on taking care of hair during protective style with your tips?
I will work on it, it would have to be broken down per category…did you see the video I attached?
Great site and advice. Thanks. Will try and implement… Fingers crossed!
Thank you so much for stopping by!
Learnt a lot from the head wrap session
Thank you for checking it out!
I am currently on my third month of protective styling using Marley twists which I keep in for three weeks maximum and then do the whole shampoo deep condition proces, two day break then reinstall. I’ve noticed that some of my hair has broken off like in the crown area. This has happened in the past when I was at university and under stress. But don’t feel like this right now so not sure what it’s down to? I work out a lot and also drink a lot of water more than 8 glasses a day, my diet consists a lot of protein and low fat foods and vegetables, plus I’m taking vitamins. Any comments?
Okay is it breaking or coming out…breakage means tension is occurring some where and or friction. If it’s coming it out it can be the same thing. I suggest taking a longer break and seeing how your hair response to the break. Hope this helps!