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So, you have picked out the best protective style you’re going to be rocking for the next few weeks. But wait, how will you keep your scalp clean? No matter if you are wearing crochet braids, a sew-in or just a cute natural updo, maintaining a healthy scalp is key to continued hair growth and length retention while your tresses are tucked away. Here are some rules for a healthy scalp while protective styling.
How to Maintain a Healthy Scalp While Protective Styling
Rule#1: Start With A Clean Slate
This might seem like a no-brainer but the key to a healthy scalp while protective styling is starting with clean hair. Before installing your style, make sure you use a clarifying shampoo and deep conditioner. It’s like having a clean canvas to work on before painting. You don’t want to start on dirty hair before you protective style. During this time it is also a great idea conduct a pre-poo or hot oil treatment with an anti-fungal oil such as tea tree oil and/or carrot oil.
Rule#2: Product Selection
Choose the best products for your hair. If certain products work better for your hair than others, just stick with that. This is no time to start with something new as this may lead to scalp irritations. Find out if you have high porosity hair or low porosity hair. This will ensure that you will get the right amount of moisture for your particular hair type.
Rule#3: Understand How to Navigate Your Style of Choice
Choose the best method of cleansing your scalp based on the protective style you want. For example, you can not necessarily cleanse your scalp if you’re going to be rocking a high bun for a couple of weeks. Let’s say you want to rock Senegalese twists or Box braids. You can definitely treat your scalp while protective styling by using moisturizing sprays, witch hazel, and dry shampoos.
Many women choose to excessively to oil their scalp while protective styling; however, maintaining a healthy scalp is all about moisture and water based products. Whether you are wearing box braids, a u-part wig, full lace wig or a sew in, HYDRATION is key. The easiest thing to do is to make a spray bottle with water, leave in conditioner and your favorite natural or essential oils. You can use this mixture daily when your scalp feels like it’s on fire from dryness. Another option to is to use a nozzle so that it gets right to your scalp.
Rule#5: Get Into Scalp Massages!
Scalp massages are definitely important to keep in your regimen while you are protective styling. You can use your fingers or there are some great scalp massagers on the market right now you can use. Grab your favorite oil and make it a spa day for your scalp!
Find that perfect style and have fun with it! Just don’t forget to take care of your scalp!
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