Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a fantastic week. Today I’m coming to you guys with some vital information on preparing your hair and scalp for a protective style.
As you guys know, it’s become somewhat of a tradition for me to install some type of protective style over the summer, usually because I vacation and don’t want to deal with my hair. This summer will be no different, so I will be installing and wearing my protective style for the month of August. However, way too often I’ve seen ladies fail to properly prepare their hair and scalp for a protective style and therefore, lose the benefits of it. By not preparing your hair and scalp properly, the style ceases to be protective. So here are some of the things that you want to make SURE to do before installing your protective style.
You should be giving yourself a protein treatment regularly anyway, but the prime time to give yourself a protein treatment is before installing a protective style. Protein gives the hair added strength, which you want the hair to have in order to deal with the added weight of extensions. If you’re not protein sensitive, go ahead an double this step. Give yourself protein treatments two or three weeks ahead of time, consecutively.
I want to make it clear here that I am not simply talking about shampooing. Before installing a protective style, you need to use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of the dirt. If not, there might be extra buildup when the time comes to take your extensions out, and no one wants that. You can even go ahead and follow up the clarifying shampoo with a moisturizing one. You can also take this time to use any rinses you like to use to further clarify your scalp, including ACV or baking soda rinses.
You want to make sure that you fully detangle prior to protective styling. I think that this one is pretty obvious. Detangling ensures a smoother and cleaner look. Also, there is no doubt that you will have to Detangle after taking down your style. Detangling before makes the process go a little smoother.
This is going to impart your hair with the moisture that it will need for however long you decided to keep your protective style in. You want to make sure that you keep that deep conditioner in for a longer period of time than you normally would. You can even keep it on overnight if that’s what works!
I know I say that every step is important, but this one is especially important! This is such a key step because you hair will be under, or entwined with synthetic hair. Synthetic hair, like Marley hair, is known to suck the moisture out of our real hair. So moisturize!
This is our last step, and very important. All that moisture we imparted with the deep conditioner and our moisturizer of choice? We need to seal that goodness in so it has a harder time evaporating, or being sucked out by the synthetic hair. You can easily use an oil or some shea butter.
A few tips:
Ladies, I’m aware that it’s very easy to product overload before installing your protective style but do not do it! It will irritate the scalp AND promote product buildup AND you don’t want that! Trust me! So keep it simple with a moisturizer and an oil/other sealant.
Also, for those of us who know that our ends need a good trim but aren’t ready to part with the length yet, don’t be afraid to give yourself a really good trim before installing the protective style. At the most (depending on how you care for your hair), you will be cutting off a quarter inch to a half inch, and on average, hair grows a half inch a month. If you can keep your protective style in long enough, that length will be back in no time.
Until next time,