The Ultimate Guide to Preparing and Caring for Your Hair in Protective Styles

Preparing your hair properly before installing protective styles is crucial for healthy hair maintenance and style longevity. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the essential steps to prepare and care for your hair while rocking those fabulous protective styles. From moisturizing tips to maintaining scalp health, this blog post covers everything you need to know to keep your hair healthy and happy.

Step 1: Cleanse Your Hair

Start by cleansing your hair with a clarifying shampoo such as our Lemon & Rosemary Clarifying Shampoo to remove any product buildup or dirt. Gently massage your scalp to stimulate blood circulation. This step ensures that your hair and scalp is thoroughly clean before you begin the styling process.

Step 2: Deep Condition

Apply a deep conditioner or a hair mask to provide intense moisture and strength to your strands. The goal is to get your hair strong enough to withstand your protective style. Our Coconut Milk Strengthening Deep Conditioner is a great option to add the right amount of moisture and strength to your hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap or plastic wrap and apply gentle heat using a steamer or a warm towel. Allow the deep conditioner to penetrate for the recommended time, typically 15 - 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly to ensure all product is removed from your hair. Follow up with a light leave in conditioner. This step helps lock in moisture and keeps your hair nourished throughout the protective style

Step 3: Trim Your Ends (If Needed)

If you have split or damaged ends, it's best to trim them before installing your protective style. This step helps prevent further breakage and promotes healthier hair growth. Remember to use sharp hair shears and only trim what is necessary to maintain the overall health of your hair.

Step 4: Allow Your Hair to Rest

Before installing the protective style, it's essential to give your hair a break from excessive manipulation and heat styling. Allow your hair to air dry or use a low-heat setting when blow-drying. Avoid using heat styling tools as much as possible to minimize damage.

Step 5: Choose the Right Protective Style

Select a protective style that suits your hair type, desired level of maintenance, and the duration you plan to keep it in. Options include braids, twists, buns, wigs, weaves, or extensions. Consider consulting with a professional stylist to ensure the style is installed properly and doesn't cause unnecessary tension or damage to your hair.

Caring For Your Hair While In A Protective Style:

Maintain and Moisturize:

Even with a protective style, it's important to continue to care for your hair and scalp. Use a lightweight leave-in conditioner or moisturizing spray to keep your hair hydrated. Gently massage your scalp with a nourishing oil to promote circulation and maintain a healthy environment for hair growth.

Protect at Night:

Wrap your hair in a satin or silk scarf or use a satin bonnet before bed to protect your style and prevent friction that can cause breakage and dry your hair out.


By following these essential tips and steps, you'll be well-prepared to rock your protective styles with confidence. Properly preparing your hair and maintaining its health will help you achieve fabulous and long-lasting results. Embrace the versatility and protective benefits of these styles while keeping your hair moisturized, your scalp healthy, and your overall hair care routine on point.

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