We all know what this season is, the EMBER season. You know, lots of meeting new people, introduction, match making… Lol. And we absolutely want to look our best especially when we are travelling home. Shiny hair, sleek edges, neat scalp, well braided hair, trendy style. We definitely want to stand out. Who doesn’t want to? I do please.
But unfortunately for most of us, this season isn’t friendly to anyone. Ain’t got no time to even consider our dream for this season. This season is, dry and dusty. It tends to dry out our hair much faster causing it to break and makes it difficult to maintain moisture because of how it dries out our hair so fast. If you are on protective style; Braids, twists, crotchet, you can experience flakes, dried and gloomy braids. Ouch!
So, here are a few tips to care for your hair while on protective style this season.
- Ensure your hair is well prepped for any protective style you desire to make
Often times, we neglect the weight and stress we put on our hair. We blame the last stylist or a particular style for causing harm to our hair without knowing the fault is ours. Do a protein treatment for strength, deep condition to add moisture to our hair, apply oils to maintain scalp. If you are on relaxed hair, reduce relaxer applications and heat contact with your hair. Give your hair a 1 week break before installing another protective styles. Without the right preparation, the styles will cause more harm than protection to our hair.
2. Find the right salon
Ensure to find the right salon for the protective style you want to install. This is very important. Some salons maybe good at box braids but not great at feedins, knotless braids or twists as you desire. This is no time to manage cash. If you are going to spend some cash to get beautiful extensions, you may as well pay the experts to get the perfect hairdo. Most importantly, be clear on the particular style you desire. A picture would help any dope stylist a lot.
3. Reduce the tension on your hairlines
It’s your duty to alert the stylist when your hairline is pulled tightly. The stylist may not know because it’s not her hair. Too much tension on your hairline can cause boils and thinning of edges. NO TIGHT BRAIDS.
4. Clean your scalp once every week
A good shampoo goes a long way when dealing with braids. With the build-up of dirt and sweat in your hair, your pores can get clogged up and affect your hair growth and health. Use a hydrating shampoo to add moisture to your hair. Dilute cleansing shampoo with ¾ water in a squeeze bottle with a straight spout. Apply shampoo to the scalp and massage generously. Do not to rub the braids against each other, wash them using a vertical movement. Rinse thoroughly and let the water and shampoo rinse over the braids, just smoothing hands over braids.
5. Use oils to lubricate your scalp
Use oils to lubricate your scalp to avoid flaking. One of my highly recommended oils is Black castor oil.
6. Keep Your Hair Hydrated No hair deserves to be dry, you need to feed it all the nutrients it needs and that is by moisturising. Invest in a good braid spray to help protect your scalp from itchiness. This will keep your braids intact and shiny. Best way to make sure your hair is constantly moisturized is to spritz your hair with a 8oz. bottle of water mixed leave-in-conditioner and olive oil. Simply shake and spray whenever you feel like you need a little more moisture while wearing your protective style. Also, Increase your water intake: Water is good for the body. Everyone should drink up to 8 glasses of water per day for healthy skin, hair and nails. If you have to take 8 glasses of water when the weather is normal then you certainly have to take more when it is Harmattan. So, drink up! Your hair will thank you for it.
7. YES to Sleek edges, NO to sleeping with edge gel in your hair
All them baby hairs need to be well laid for that extra lush. While it’s good to have sleek edges all the time, it is equally destructive to sleep with them on. That’s a big NO. Rinse it off before you sleep. Leaving edge control in overnight may cause tension on edges as well as clog pores on your scalp. The flakes will probably shock everyone around you in the morning. Also, applying gel every day without rinsing the old gel can cause buildup. Then, you’re causing damage and still won’t get the results you’re looking for.
8. Invest in a good silk or satin bonnet
For bed time, wrap your braids to avoid making them frizzy and dry. A good way to do this is to invest in a good bonnet that will trap moisture. Before tying the bonnet, untie your hair and let it down a few minutes. Also, do not pull your hair too tight when styling it at night, styling hair so tight before you sleep will start to affect your hairline. A satin pillowcase can do the trick as well.
If you apply these tips, you will sure have a bomb hairstyle that won’t take people’s eyes off you.