Summer is all about carefree style. When it's hot out, we prefer to stick to the "less is more" approach to our beauty routine. That's just one of the things that makes wearing wigs, weaves, and braids (also known as protective styles) throughout the summer so attractive; they're easy to maintain and give you a break from styling your natural hair. While this certainly makes life easier, it's still important to keep your hair and scalp healthy. We talked with natural-hair experts to get the best tips on how to keep your hair healthy and strong all summer long.
With our hair tucked away, nothing can go wrong, right? Wrong! There are a few rules you must follow when it comes to protective styling.
Do the research to figure out which protective style will work best for your lifestyle and hair type.
This is especially important if you are new to the world of wearing wigs, weaves and braids.
- When choosing your style, you should consider a style that is not too heavy on single strands. For example, miniature box braids and small cornrows place a great deal of stress on single strands of hair. This, in turn, will lead to breakage and thinning. If your braids feel too tight then they probably are, after two to three days of excruciating pain, they need to go sis. Periodt
- Something to consider when installing a protective style is to leave your edges out! The more you pull and grab your edges, the thinner they will become. Eventually, there will be no edges to pull!
- Once you have your protective style installed, you cannot forget to continue your moisturizing routine. This includes massaging growth oils and other products you would apply to your scalp. Your scalp is the basis of growth and requires consistent attention.
- Lastly, your protective style should remain installed for no more than 8 weeks. Following these 8 weeks, you will experience excessive matting and knotting. The purpose of a protective style is to eliminate these factors.