Protecting your natural hair

When I hear ‘protect your natural hair’ so many things come to mind. Weaves, braids, twists, wigs, and satin. With the climates cooling down, many naturals are preparing to let their hair ‘hibernate’ for the winter. Cold air is dry air, with little to no moisture in it. I remember those snow days wanting to go outside, but had to get a face full of olive oil before I could step outside. I know I’m not the only one.

Anyways, it’s the same with our hair. When it’s cold, we turn to thicker oils and butters so all the moisture doesn’t get sucked out of our strands. The only thing worse than dry hair, is dry hair in the winter. Which is why many put their hair up in protective styles. Despite what we might think, protective styling can be as simple as a bun with our own hair, or done with crochet braids. Depending on what you choose to do, will determine how you take care of your hair. When you have a synthetic hairstyle, such as crochet braids, box braids, or weaves, it’s very important to still care for your hair and scalp.

A lot of people make that mistake. The whole out of sight, out of mind thing will defeat the purpose of trying to protect your hair. With the different hairstyles it’s important to apply a light oil to keep the scalp from drying out. Some steer away from this from fear of product buildup.  There are dry shampoos, available as powder, gel, or a solution, that will help keep product buildup at bay. Or, you can simply wash your scalp and synthetic hair the same way you would regularly do it. The downside to that is it might frizz up your style and it might take a while to dry depending on the type of hair. Either route you choose, be sure to preserve your style with a satin scarf, bonnet, or pillowcase.


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