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With so many different options for protective styling, it makes it so hard for us to just try one style. One month you may see us in twists, the next month we may wear our hair in braids. That is what makes natural hair so versatile and fun! However, while wearing these styles, we have to make sure we take care of our natural hair while it is installed. We have to make sure our scalps are clean and moisturized, our hair is hydrated, and our ends are sealed with moisture. Looking for brands that have products that are ideal for protective styling? Check these products out.

Carol’s Daughter

Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey collection is great for protective styles such has braids, weaves, and etc. This collection keeps the hair nourished and provides shine. Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey Clarifying Scalp Treatment allows you to refresh your scalp with its treatment with the ease of the applicator tip. Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey Calming Tension Mist helps relieve any tension from your favorite protective styles while it is installed.

Alikay Naturals

Alikay Naturals Essential 17 Hair Growth Oil is a great choice to have while oiling your scalp in its protective style. The blend of oils can help keep your scalp healthy and the easy applicator top will allow easy access to your scalp. Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave In Conditioner is a great selection, especially if you are wearing box braid of twists. You can moisturize your hair with a spray leave-in conditioner instead of rubbing a liquid one on your hair, which can cause frizz.

Camille Rose Naturals

Camille Rose Naturals Cocoa Nibs & Honey Ultimate Growth Serum has herbs and vitamins that can help reduce breakage, thinning, and hair loss. While installing your protective styles, Camille Rose Naturals Curlaide Moisture Butter would be a good moisturizing butter to use for sealing the ends of your curls. Sealing the ends is great to help reduce damage and retain hair length.

Darcy’s Botanicals

Darcy's Botanicals Peppermint Scalp Elixir is a spray that includes a blend of oils that will keep your scalp moisturized. The peppermint oil can help with itchiness, which can occur while you are wearing your protective style. Darcy's Botanicals Herbal Leave-In Conditioning Spritz is a leave-in conditioner that will refresh your hair and keep it moisturized. Moisture is key while keeping your protective style.

Uncle Funky’s Daughter

Uncle Funky’s Daughter Glossy Finishing Hair Polish can be used if your hair is looking dull and needs a boost of shine. It includes safflower oil, jojoba oil, and coconut oil for nourishment, strength, and to protect the hair. Are you working out and wearing twists or braids? The Uncle Funky's Defunk Hair Refresher Tonic is a scalp cleanser that neutralizes odor while soothing your scalp. This is a product to throw in your gym bag!

Organic Root Stimulator (ORS)

ORS HAIRepair Vital Oils For Hair & Scalp is a lightweight blend of oils, including grapeseed oil and sweet almond oil that will soothe your scalp and add shine to your hair. ORS Shealicious Moisture Mist Leave-In Conditioning Spray is a refreshing spray that includes shea butter and honey that will leave your hair moisturized. Since it is a spray it allows easy access for the places that are “hard to see” in the mirrors. Curlies, I know you feel me!


SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Hair Serum has a point tip applicator to help with easy application. This oil is great for strengthening your hair, especially while you have the style installed. If you have a dry scalp, the SheaMoisture African Black Soap Dandruff & Dry Scalp Elixir is a good choice for you. Willow bark is included to help exfoliate the scalp.

Read more: Ask Dr. Kari: Effective Protective Styles

What products do you use when your hair is in a protective style?