How to Keep Your Hair Looking and Feeling Fresh While in Protective Styles

This is the perfect season to rock protective styles. The weather is cold in many places which signals dryness for a lot of people with natural hair. But just because your hair is tucked away in braids or twists, doesn’t mean you can slack off with taking care of your hair. It does more harm than good if you forget about your hair for weeks and then expect to see the benefits of low maintenance styles in the end. Here’s some way to get the most out of protective styling while also making sure your hair is still cared for.

Cleanse your scalp

Have you ever had a style that still looked cute but your scalp itched so bad you’d rather take it down instead? Getting a couple of scalp cleanses in the duration of the style can help it last longer and not lead to the uncomfortable itchiness that makes you want to take your hair down as fast as possible. It may seem like an impossible task to wash your hair when in styles like braids or twists, but you can still cleanse your scalp and you’ll probably be more comfortable because of it. You don’t want to deprive your scalp of a good cleanse for several weeks, which leads to build up of product and dirt. Washing your hair while in braids or twists won’t take nearly as long as when your hair is out and free. I cleanse my scalp every 2 weeks when in braids, crochet, twists or any protective style. I’ve managed to do this without getting all of my braids wet and it taking days to dry. Since the focus is on your scalp you’ll need:

  • a spray bottle
  • conditioner
  • water
  • hair bands

Wash Day method

  1. Mix 1/3 cup of shampoo into 2/3 cup of water into spray bottle
  2. Section hair into fourths
  3. Start with one section and left the ends of your hair up and spray directly onto your scalp
  4. Massage the mixture gently onto your scalp
  5. Repeat until each section is complete
  6. To rinse, fill the spray bottle with water and in the same fashion lift one section of hair up so that the water only runs onto your scalp
  7. Rinse each section

I use more water than shampoo for wash day in this case so that I am not disrupting the neatness of my hair with all of the lather that comes with shampoo. Lifting the ends of my hair up and out of the way helps for long hairstyles and to avoid the trouble of trying to go to sleep with wet braids. You can always blow dry you hair if it does get wet, but I like to avoid this all together. After shampooing, I condition in the exact same manner. I dilute the conditioner and complete the process just as with the shampoo.

Tools needed for conditioning:

  • Spray bottle
  • Conditioner
  • Water

Daily Moisturizing

The point of a protective style is to have your hair protected for an extended period of time. Your hair is mostly protected which is good, however applying a moisturizer to your scalp and to the exposed pieces of your hair will aid in healthy scalp maintenance and preventing dryness to exposed strands. After wearing twists for several weeks, there are pieces of my natural hair that I can see sticking out. My natural hair and the extensions are the same color but I can obviously tell where my hair is showing by the texture. Since this part of my hair is now exposed to the environmental elements that can cause dryness, I apply a leave-in conditioner and coconut oil to the twists I know have pieces of my hair showing. It’s easier to tuck those pieces in especially once moisturized.

Even lightly spritzing your style can add some life and longevity to your look. I fill my spray bottle with water, vitamin E oil, almond oil, and castor oil to quickly moisturize my scalp and freshen up my twists every few days. This adds extra some shine and sheen to my hair.

Redo your edges or the front of your hair bi-weekly

For braids, twists, faux locs, or other styles that are installed individually, you can revamp a style that’s getting fuzzy in the front by simply redoing the first row or two every couple of weeks. My goal was to keep my twists in for six weeks and I was able to do this while keeping them looking almost brand new by redoing the front rows. There were also a few pieces here and there that bothered me throughout my hair, so when I had time I just redid them so that I could get the most out of my hairstyle.

Don’t keep your style in too long

All good things do come to an end. While you can keep a style in and looking great for a while, you don’t want to leave the style in forever and risk your hair matting up with build up. The recommended time to wearing a protective style is around 4-8 weeks. For me I wear my styles for about 6 weeks. It’s important to give your hair a full wash and deep condition after having your hair tucked away for a while, and also give your hair some time to be free.

Advertisements

ORS Hair Mayonnaise Review | Protein Treatment for Natural Hair

Greetings Daizies!

It’s been a while since my latest hair post but in the past few months I’ve tried so many new things with my hair. For the first time in the almost 4 years of my natural hair journey, I used a protein treatment. I was a little apprehensive about trying a protein treatment because my initial thought was that it would make my hair feel hard. But after doing more research, I felt comfortable and excited to finally try it out!

Is a Protein Treatment Right for You?

Hair Needs

This year I wanted to revamp my haircare staple products and try some new brands because I felt my hair was becoming stagnant as far as growth and moisture retention. My long-term hair goal has been to reach waist length hair. I really want to retain length while also having healthy hair. However, there’s always been a troublesome portion of my hair that’s coarser, drier, and about 2-3 inches shorter than the rest of my hair. This area is the crown of my hair and even when I had relaxed hair, this area was notoriously shorter than the rest of my hair. I really want to strengthen that area of my hair, and considering that what I’d been doing for the past 4 year hasn’t helped that area of hair at all, a protein treatment would help add extra strength to that area of hair that’s extremely prone to breakage. Taking an examination of your hair through a long term lense would help determine if a protein treatment would be beneficial for you.

Since hair is made up of 70% keratin protein, adding a protein treatment helps to maintain the protein balance of your hair after the constant hair manipulation, washing, and styling.

Hair Porosity

In my spare time I also gathered updated results on my hair porosity by doing the water-in-cup method. On freshly washed hair, I found stray strands of hair to then slowly place into a clean cup of water. If your hair sinks to the bottom you have HIGH POROSITY hair, if it floats in the middle then you have NORMAL porosity, and if the hair just floats at the top then that is considered LOW POROSITY hair. I tested strands from different parts of my hair and the strand from the crown of my hair was definitely HIGH POROSITY and some strands around the outer portions were either HIGH or LOW porosity. For the longest time I thought I had low porosity hair because majority of the strands I tested before sank to the bottom of the cup, but I had the terms wrong. I’m actually more on the normal-high porosity hair.Having high porosity hair means that the hair cuticules are open wide and moisture gets in really easily but exits the hair strands just as easily. This is why my hair would feel dry even after using leave-in conditioner ever day. I know now that after using the leave-in conditioner I should make good use of my shea butter and seal that moisture on a daily basis. Knowing how your hair reacts to moisture really helps in determining which protein treatment to purchase and if adding extra moisture or oils would be necessary.Hair_Porosity_Levels_large

Damaged or Chemically Altered Hair

Although I haven’t colored my hair since the big chop, a protein treatment might be right for you if you have used hair dye or other chemicals. Using hair color can sometimes alter the porosity of your natural hair, and a protein treatment would help restore the protein levels of your hair.

ORS HAIRestore Hair Mayonnaise with Nettle Leaf and Horsetail Extract


I purchased the ORS Hair Mayonnaise from Walmart for $6.99. My sister tried it and really liked the results, so I wanted to see how it worked for my hair. This hair mayonnaise claims is described as

  • Rinse out, deep penetrating, moisturizing conditioning treatment for weak, damaged hair
  • Helps stop breakage & repair damage
  • Rejuvenates and renews weak fragile hair

It contains blends of whole egg and olive oil for rich moisture and strengthening. I added 3 tablespoons of coconut oil to help the mixture enter my hair cuticles.

In 4 large sections( plus one small section in the middle for the section I’m paying most attention to), I applied the protein treatment to each strand and slowly detangled the section at the same time. I also made sure to massage the treatment to the scalp to help stimulate blood flow. I twisted those sections and tied with hand bands and then covered with a plastic bag with a heated deep conditioning cap for about 30 minutes. You can have a heated deep conditioning experience without a deep conditioning cap by dipping a towel in hot water, wrapping your hair with it, and then putting another plastic bag over the towel. Adding the heat to your hair during treatments help to open the hair cuticule for a more intense and beneficial treatment.

After the 30 minutes were up, I rinsed the protein treatment out with warm water. My hair felt normal but more moisturized of course because of the rich ingredients applied to my hair. I plan to do this treatment at least once a month and then I’ll have some results as to how beneficial protein treatments are for my hair.

Overall, I liked the process of protein treatments and expect positive changes for my hair’s strength and especially for the crown of my hair. I liked the ORS hair mayonnaise and will continue to use it while adding different variations of oils to it.

Have you ever tried a protein treatment? What was your experience?

As always,

-POP

Easy Bedtime Routine for Natural Hair

Hey Daizies!

Times have gotten so busy and flying by faster than ever. I took out my braids because they were getting a lil raggedy and I was high-key missing my fro. This quarter I’ve had consistent late nights in the lab finishing coding for my Information Systems class, so spending two hours on twist outs just aren’t doable right now. But I’m still keeping my hair moisturized with an easy, time efficient routine.

  1. Divide hair into 4 sections
  2. One section at a time, distribute shea butter from root to tip. I pay special attention to the ends of my hair, especially since the weather is getting colder. I bought a gallon of shea butter while I was in Ghana (the most authentic ever), but you can get shea butter from most beauty supply stores and even on Amazon. I LOVE shea butter because it’s thick, soft, and has just enough of an oily finish to coat the ends but not too much to where my hair feels weighed down

    IMG_5162
    Shea Butter from Ghana
  3. The next step is to seal with an oil. For this part I usually use castor oil and/or coconut oil. I often spend a few minutes massaging my scalp with coconut oil to help stimulate blood flow which ultimate helps with hair growth. When managing my hair I only use my fingers to detangle. I’m able to accurately locate knots and soften them with the shea butter and oils
  4. After coating with shea butter and oils, I twist my hair in four sections using a hairband and wrap with a satin scarf.

IMG_6031
Go-to hairstyle

Nowadays, I am wearing my hair in a high-puff or a low side bun with a twisted bang. Fridays are usually the days where I where my fro out loose since wash day falls around the weekend. Honestly, don’t have as much time but still enjoy taking care of my hair. This routine takes around 10-20 minutes depending on how quickly I’m trying to go to bed. In the mornings, my hair is still pretty moisturized from my night procedure so just a tad of leave-in conditioner does the job.  Next up in natural hair is TRIM SZN! More updates to come.

Xoxo,

-POP

Protective Style Update: Crochet Havana Twists

Greetings Daizies!

My latest protective style has been Havana twists! Not just any Havana twists, but crochet! I was initially apprehensive of crochet twists because I wasn’t sure if they were going to look like… crochet. I was even going to opt for the tried and true Marley hair for a crochet fro but I am so glad I hung on to my curiosity rather than fear. My crochet twists are definitely one of my top favorite styles I’ve done so far!

I especially LOVE the color.While I don’t plan on dying my hair anytime soon, the beauty of protective styles is that I can play with different colors on synthetic hair rather than dying my actual hair.

Logistics

  • 5 1/2 packs of Janet Collection Havana Mambo Twist, 1 EXTRA pack that I ended up returningIMG_2818
  • Mix between (5) 1B/30 and (2) ombre packs (OEM4/30)
  • Braiding time : 3 1/2 hours
  • Crochet time: 2 hours
  • Durability: The twists did get frizzy, as I expected, after about a week and a half. I maintained the styles by trimming the stray hairs and tangles. At the start of week 4, I replaced the most frizzy twists with the extra pack of hair from my 6th pack.
  • Maintenance: I continue to moisturize my scalp and base braids with leave-in conditioner and oil(coconut or Jamaican black castor oil). I wash my hair using a spray bottle, while tying the twists up in a pineapple. I mix ACV and water together in the bottle and rinse the mixture through my scalp, avoiding the mass of hair for an easier wash day and quicker drying. I follow with conditioner as usual.

LOVE this style and I’ll definitely try jumbo twists again. I plan to take the twists out this weekend, for a grand total of 4 1/2 weeks as as durable style.

Stay tuned for more!-POP