It starts before you style
You want to make sure you hair is properly cleansed before styling, because your hairstyle will last longer on clean hair than dirty hair.
After washing your hair, don’t skip the deep conditioner. It plays a vital role in the longevity of your natural hairstyle. You want to make sure your hair is properly moisturized, so that it lasts. Dry hairstyles are known to have less life and more frizz than moisturized hairstyles.
Set your style
Products also play a major role in how long your hairstyle will last. Make sure that you are setting your hair while it’s wet to achieve the best definition. Use enough product to coat your hair, but not too much to weigh down your hair. Also, you want to make sure your hair is completely dry before you take it down. I love EdenBodyworks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Crème right now for my twist-outs and braid-outs. I have gotten up to seventh-day hair using this product.
Leave your twists in longer
I know that sometimes we have to do our hair quickly overnight, but if you are doing your hair on the weekend with nowhere to go, try leaving your twists or braids in longer. This will make your style more defined and help it to last longer because of the definition. Give it a try next time you are doing your hair over the weekend.
It can be a lengthy process, but the results are too good for me to stop doing it.
Preserve it at night
This is one of my major keys to making my hairstyles last. When my hair was longer I would always pineapple my hair at night which helped me keep my style longer. There are many techniques that you can use on your length of hair to ensure that your hair lasts. Check out this article on how to pineapple hair for any length.
Now that my hair is shorter, to get the most out of my hairstyle I retwist every night. It can be a lengthy process, but the results are too good for me to stop doing it. I just spritz my hair with a mixture of a little water and some almond oil and re-twist in medium sections.
Get two out of one
When you are not ready to give in and wash your hair, rock a high bun. This is how I get two styles out of one. I will rock a twist-out for a few days and then wear my hair in a high bun for a few more days until I am ready to wash my hair.
How are you getting the most out of your hairstyle?