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How To Maintain Your Hair in a Protective Style?

Black woman rocking different protective styles ie. twist and braids

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Hey bestie, it’s your Internet BFF, Kaylannk here! Let’s talk protective style maintenance.

If you are going on a vacation or want to grow your hair, you will install a protective style. But what about after the protective style. No one talks about the unfavorable breakage that occurs after protective styles. We have all been there where we are removing clumps of hair along with our protective style of choice. But no more! We can do things to help prevent the excessive shedding and breakage we experience after a style. If you want to retain length and protect your hair with protective styles you need to prepare your hair properly for the install and maintain your hair during the installation. Let’s talk about it!



1. Cleanse Your Hair

With any hairstyle installed longer than 2 weeks, you will need to remove buildup from your hair. If you properly moisturize your hair and oil your scalp you will experience product buildup. You can remove some oil from your scalp in a pinch by using dry shampoo. However, the best way to remove product build up is with shampoo and water. You can cleanse your scalp in protective styles (without experiencing a lot of frizz) by applying and removing shampoo to your scalp using a wet washcloth.

I personally like using the Pattern Beauty Deep Scalp Detox to cleanse my scalp in a protective style. The product has a nozzle that allows me to easily apply the product to my scalp. I lather the product into my scalp with wet hands. I then remove the product with a wet washcloth. I personally like using this product over regular shampoo because you can leave it in your hair or wash it out, so I do not have to worry about getting all the product out.

2. Moisturize Your Hair 

To keep a protective style moisturized, you should use oil on your scalp and water plus a moisturizer the length of your hair. You can quickly moisturize your hair with a leave-in conditioner spray and water. My favorite leave-in conditioner spray is Cantu Hydrating Leave-in Conditioning Mist. After I apply the leave-in conditioner spray, I apply Mielle Organics Rosemary Mint Scalp & Strengthening Hair oil to my scalp and the length of your hair. Occasionally, I would add BB Super Gro hair grease to my scalp.

3. Protect Your Hair 

To protect your hair from frizz and excessive breakage, apply a satin scarf or bonnet to your hair before sleeping. Bonus points if you use a satin or silk pillowcase.


Remember, having a protective style does not mean you do not have to take care of your hair. To prevent excessive hair breakage when removing styles, you need to take care of your hair and scalp when the style is installed.  

Written with lots of care, 


Your Internet BFF

P.S. Share your favorite protective styles in the comments.


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