Prepping for vacation goes beyond deciding what clothes to pack. When traveling you want a protective style that will hold for the duration of your trip. Many curlies ask, how far in advance should you schedule to get your hair done? Waajid says, “It is recommended that you have your style installed about four days to a week before your departure.” Even when your hair is in a protective style it’s important to cleanse your hair and maintain a healthy hair regimen. If you’re not sure what to do or use on your trip, no need to worry Waajid shares her protective styling routine, “Prior to protective style installation, you’ll want to cleanse your hair by shampooing with Protective Styles Thick and FullTM Bamboo and Coconut Milk Moisturizing Mint Shampoo. Then deep condition your hair with a hot oil treatment using Protective Styles Gro Hair GroTM Bamboo and Coconut Milk Growth Oil. Follow your hot oil treatment with an application of Protective Styles Intense MoistureTM Bamboo and Coconut Milk Strengthening Leave-In Conditioner to your hair strands.”
Now when you’re on vacation, maintaining a protective style requires the right product, patience, and time. Waajid shares her recommended night time routine for braids and weave, “For braids, at night, simply apply Protective Styles Healthy Hair Under ThereTM Bamboo, Avocado, and Peppermint Conditioning & Restoring Serum to nourish your hair underneath your braids, then tie down your braids before bedtime. For a textured weave style, also use Healthy Hair Under ThereTM on your hair underneath your weave style. To maintain the weave curl pattern, apply Protective Styles Gro Hair GroTM Bamboo and Coconut Milk Growth Oil to sections of the weave and place sections in twists. Tie your hair up for bedtime and untwist and go in the morning."
Once you are ready to take down your hair it's essential to "Trim your hair after it is taken out of a protective style and repeat the cleansing and oil treatment process," says Waajid.
Protective hairstyles are so unique, versatile and fun! When wearing these styles, you have to make sure you care for your hair and scalp to maintain a healthy hair regimen. Be sure your scalps are clean, your ends stay hydrated, conditioned and moisturized! The more you care for your protective style, the longer it will last.
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