Trying new protective styles is a great way to update your look without permanently changing your hair. Crochet styles allow you to try different textures, curl patterns and even play around with color. However, a protective style can only protect your hair if you take care of your hair before, during and after wearing the style.
Check out my hair care recommendations for all types of hair: natural, relaxed and color treated.
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Crochet styles are popular among naturalistas for a number of reasons. The most common is that it gives women a break from hours-long natural hair routines on wash day. If you wear crochet styles or any protective style back to back, it’s important to take care of your natural hair between installations. Natural hair can tend to be dry so I recommend shampooing with Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo. In addition to moisturizing the hair, this shampoo contains ingredients that help seal hair cuticles which prevents breakage.
To deep condition, use TGIN Honey Miracle Mask. This moisturizing conditioner helps repair dry and damaged hair. While wearing the crochet style, clean your scalp at least once per week and do not wear the style for longer than 6 weeks.
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Prior to installing crochets on relaxed hair, you want to ensure that the hair is healthy and strong as possible. Relaxed hair is less dense and should be prepped properly to sustain the weight of the crochet hair. I recommend starting with a strengthening shampoo like Shea Moisture Yucca Plantain Anti Breakage Strengthening Shampoo. To deep condition, use Shea Moisture Yucca Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Hair Masque. Both products contain biotin, which strengthens hair follicles. The hair should be properly moisturized and dead ends should be clipped prior to the install. Between crochet installations, use a dry shampoo to cleanse the scalp. Washing the hair may cause unraveling if braids are used as a base.
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Color-treated hair, while beautiful, requires consistent and careful care. Wearing a protective style with color-treated hair will give your hair a break from daily manipulation. Start by using E’tae Carmelux Deep Penetrating Treatment Shampoo. This shampoo is all natural and sulfate free so it is gentle on color treated hair. It contains protein which balances the moisture in your hair, keeping it healthy and strong. After allowing a deep moisturizing conditioner to remain on the hair for 20 minutes under a hooded dryer, apply a leave-in conditioner. The leave-in will provide moisture to colored hair. My favorite is Dominican Magic Moisture Lock Conditioner Leave On Treatment.
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