Summer is a time where many of us curlies tend to wear protective styles such as box braids, Senegalese twists, kinky twists and similar styles. Caring for your hair while wearing these protective styles is a must, but caring for your hair before having the style installed is just as important.
My number one tip for installing a protective style previously mentioned is making sure the sections aren't too small. I've learned from experience (you see I haven't worn box braids since 2013) that small sections will help you say goodbye to your edges. I recommend sections at least an inch in height and width.
With that, here is how I prepare my hair for styles such as box braids, Senegalese twists and kinky twists:
- Be sure to cleanse your scalp thoroughly using a clarifying shampoo. You don't want scalp build up before your style is even installed. Be sure to follow up with a moisturizing conditioner, focusing on the hair's strands.
- Deep condition your hair using a moisturizing conditioner. Chances are you'll have your protective style in for longer than three weeks so be sure to treat your hair to a 30-minute deep condition.
- Thoroughly detangle your curls. This well assist the styling process and save you from a headache later when your stylist finds it difficult to part through thick, curly hair.
- Last, but not least, it is recommended to blow dry your own hair (if possible). You know your hair best and you know how much heat is too much. After blow drying, create chunky twists for easily handling later.
In addition, you may want to ask your stylist what type of products they will use while braiding or twisting. Some stylists may not want you to use products but if possible, use a few drops of grapeseed oil or coconut oil on your strands and ends.