One of the best seasons of the year to wear protective styles like box braids or twists is during the winter season. This is the perfect opportunity to protect your strands from the harsh weather. The holiday season is also a good time: If you’re in the mood for relaxing or having fun with your family, the last thing you want to think about is your hair—especially if you’re escaping the cold and going on a beach vacation.
You need to know how to maintain your protective style to ensure it will last beyond the holiday season. Read on for our three top tips for maintaining your protective style:
Maintain Your Protective Style: 3 Helpful Tips
1. Scalp massages with oil.
Although your hair is protected when wearing box braids or twists, your scalp really isn’t. This is the time you want to really focus on the health of your scalp. If you’re prone to dry scalp, use an oil like coconut oil or olive oil to massage your scalp. The oils will help with any dryness or irritation.
2. Sleep with a silk scarf.
Protective styling doesn’t mean you can get away with not having a proper nighttime hair routine. If you want your look to last, cover your hair at night with a silk scarf. This will help keep your style in place while you sleep.
3. Use a hair spray.
A firm hold hairspray like TRESemmé TRES Two Freeze Hold Hair Spray will help keep the frizzies away. You can opt for using a hairspray daily, or use as needed. A little goes a long way. Keep in mind protective styles are usually worn long-term (at least a month), so you don’t want to apply too much product to cause buildup on your hair.
4. Dry shampoo is your BFF.
If you ever feel that your hair needs to be refresh but doesn’t necessarily need a wash, try dry shampoo. Dry shampoo can help absorb any excess oil from products that may be weighing your hair down. Apply Dove Refresh+Care Detox & Purify Dry Shampoo throughout your hair and gently massage your braids or twists to evenly distribute the product.