woman with protective style

I have been wearing protective styles all summer long, but now it is time give my hair a break from protective styling. How you care for your hair post protective styling is important. My hair care regimen post protective styling is a little bit different from my regular healthy hair routine. Here is how I take care of my hair after protective styling.

1. Pre-poo

It is very important to pre-poo your hair. Even if you have been moisturizing your hair during your protective style, it will still be a bit dry after removing your protective style. Using a pre-poo definitely helps restore moisture that has been lost while making my hair more manageable and easier to detangle before washing with shampoo.

2. Use a clarifying shampoo

I know that when I take my protective style out, there is always gunk underneath. Clarifying your hair and scalp after a protective style is very important. Using a clarifying shampoo helps to remove all the buildup from your hair. Consider a DIY bentonite clay treatment to detox and clarify your scalp. I always follow up with a moisturizing shampoo after clarifying my hair for added moisture.

3. Use a protein deep conditioner + steam

A quick conditioning is not going to cut it. Your hair has been underneath your protective style and tucked away for weeks. You need to show it some major conditioning love. I always use a protein deep conditioner to help strengthen my hair after protective styling; it’s an absolute must. Adding steam with your deep conditioning session can increase moisture levels and help some conditioners absorb and adsorb. If the directions on your conditioner recommend using steam or heat, this is because the product is formulated with certain ingredients that need the heat for better penetration.

4. Follow up with the L.O.C. Method

After deep conditioning, I follow up with the L.O.C. (liquid, oil, cream”> method for maximum moisture. You seal the moisture in your hair by using this method. I use a leave-in conditioner, oil, and cream.

5. See your stylist for a trim if necessary

In some cases it may be time for your trim after removing your protective style. You want to make sure that your ends are properly cared for. If your ends are rough and split after removing your protective style, then it may be time for a trim. This may not be the case for you, but if you notice that your ends are not healthy, you should definitely consult your stylist for a trim to prevent breakage.

6. Give your hair a break

After your hair has been in a protective style for a while, it is important that you give your hair a break. I usually follow up with low manipulation styles like buns or mini twists for a few weeks. If you constantly install protective styles and don’t take proper care of your hair in-between, it can sometimes hurt your hair more than it helps. It’s important to take stress off of your hair and allow your scalp to breathe.

What is your hair care routine post protective styling?

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