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How To Prep Your Hair For Protective Styling

Today marks Day 1 of my #Summer16PSC (sign up here if you haven’t already) and what better way to kick it off than by sharing with you how I prep my hair for protective styles.

I haven’t decided what protective styles I’m going to install other than crochet braids and experimenting with different wigs but regardless of the style, my hair has to be ready for this challenge and so does yours!

Protective styling only works as and when you take the proper steps before installing your desired style. Check them out below.

CLEANSE YOUR HAIR

Clean hair is very important whether protective styling or not. How you clean your hair and what you clean it with is up to you. It’s best to stay away from harsh shampoos because they strip your hair of moisture and texture. A cleanser doesn’t have to be harsh to be effective. Another thing to keep in mind is the way you wash your hair. Be sure to detangle your hair and use an oil prior to shampooing. While shampooing, do so in a downward motion to avoid tangles and damage. I actually only use shampoo at my roots and I allow the soap/wash to run and drip down the rest of my hair. This method helps a lot with combatting dryness.

I’ll be using the Rhassoul Clay & Peppermint Wash by Product Junkie Naturals to cleanse my hair and scalp throughout the entire challenge. This is a new product I’m trying so I’ll be sure to post a review. I have a larger bottle than the one that is shown on their website, I’m not exactly sure if they still carry that size though.

DEEP CONDITION

Deep conditioning is a must, not just for protective styling but for the overall health of your hair. Deep conditioning is a regular part of my hair care regimen because it helps with strengthening your hair by adding moisture and protein. Deep conditioners are usually thick and creamy to fully penetrate your hair and personally for me, the creamier the better!

Throughout the challenge I’ll be using three different deep conditioners: Product Junkie Naturals’ Fenugreek & Burdock Root Ayurvedic Blend Deep Conditioner with Sweet Almond Oil & Rice Milk, Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Treatment Masque and Shea Moisture’s Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque. I don’t have a favorite yet but hopefully I will soon.

TRIM DEAD, SPLIT OR DAMAGED ENDS

Holding on to damaged ends completely defeats the purpose of protective styling. Trimming helps you prevent breakage and it leads to healthier hair. I know this from experience! After doing a second big chop, the complete texture and health of my hair changed – so please don’t skip this step!

There are a couple of ways that you can trim your hair on your own if you’re like me and don’t trust anyone in your hair. You can twist strand twist your hair and snip off any fuzzy, limp or frizzy ends. This is the method that I always use because it usually keeps the shape of my hair intact. Another way is to blow out your hair and trim from there. I don’t recommend this method because I’m trying to stay away from heat and blown out hair can be tricky when you have heat damage like I do.

MOISTURIZE BEFORE STYLING

Moisturizing your hair before installing a protective style is very important. You will not be able to properly moisturize your hair daily while wearing your style so you want to take care of that beforehand. I’ll be using a number of moisturizers during this challenge – I’ll update you with product reviews as I try them out.

*BONUS TIP: STRETCH YOUR HAIR BEFORE STYLING

This is something I never thought about doing until now. Stretching your hair prior to styling helps make the installation and take down of your style easier and less painful, especially if your hair is tightly coiled.

*BONUS TIP: TAKE A BREAK IN BETWEEN STYLES

All things are great…in moderation. This challenge is only one month long so I’d advised one break while participating. This will give you an opportunity to clean your hair, deep condition and moisturize again before finishing strong.

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Share how you’ll be prepping your hair and what products you’ll be using in the comment section below!

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