The best protective styles look amazing, protect your hair and are low maintenance. In a perfect world, protective styles would be NO maintenance. The reality is that protective styles require maintenance to not only maintain the look but also to ensure that your natural tresses remain healthy.
A good hair day begins the night before! Whether you are wearing a protective style or your natural hair, you should develop a nightly routine. When wearing crochets, a nighttime routine will extend the length of time that you can wear the style. Here are a few tips to incorporate into your routine:
- For curly styles, pile the hair on top of your head and secure with an elastic band. This is referred to as the pineapple method. This prevents the hair from tangling, especially around the nape area for shorter lengths.
- If the hair has lost its curl pattern, use perm rods or flexirods to roll the hair and allow to set overnight.
- For straight and wavy styles, loosely create 4-6 large twists. This prevents the hair from tangling. Simply untwist in the morning and you’re ready to go! For wavy textures, create smaller twists to preserve the wave pattern.
- Moisturize your scalp 2-3 times a week. Doing so more often than that will create product buildup.
- If you decide to wash your hair, try a waterless shampoo, which won’t disrupt your crochet style.
- Cover the style with a satin lined bonnet to avoid frizziness and tangles. Depending on the style, you can also use a satin scarf.
If you’re like most of us, there never seems to be enough time in the morning! Whether you’re headed to the office, dropping the kids off at camp or off to brunch, great hair is always on the agenda! To get rid of bed head, follow these tips in your morning routine:
- Allow the steam from the shower to open the pores on your scalp. This daily moisture is great for your natural hair!
- For curly crochet styles, spritz the hair with water. This makes the hair more manageable for styling when it’s stiff from the night before.
- If the hair was rolled the night before, remove rollers and separate the curls.
- For wavy or straight styles, detangle with a wide tooth comb. Be sure to focus on the nape area as that’s where tangling typically occurs.
- If you use gel or edge control to style your hair, use sparingly. Over time, the product will buildup.
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