Protective styling not only allows you to switch up your look and shorten your morning routine but they also help you retain length! To get the most out of your styles, here are five things you should know…
Here’s an easy, sleek high bun for you busy moms, you girls on the go or anyone looking for a quick style for any occasion!
Well, in case you haven’t heard, there’s yet aNOTHER type of hair out in these protective styling streets for crocheting, just in time for fall: Micro Locs! Here are some things you’ll wanna know before you jump on the trend!
The jumbo bun is a simple protective style that’s suitable for any occasion and any season. Here’s how I created this one using Cuban Twist hair!
As we get deeper into autumn, many of you may start thinking about putting your hair away in a long-term protective style like box braids, Havana Twists or possibly a crochet weave (aka crochet braids). Here are a few things things to keep in mind to get the most out of those styles and maintain the health of your hair. But first… What IS a Protective Style? It’s all in the name! Basically, they are styles which require little to no daily manipulation. The less you have to mess with your hair, the less chance of damage. The idea is to tuck away the ends (the oldest part of the hair which is more prone to dryness, breakage and splits) to reduce the possibility of damage thereby protecting your hair while it retains moisture. With this description in mind, know that you’re not limited to sitting for hours to install braids, twists and such if you wanna rock a protective style. While they may not last as long, buns, updos, “roll, tuck & pin” styles and cornrows also accomplish the same goal. You’d be surprised how much good a week or two without having to manipulate your hair will do! Handle With Care We’re trying to protect the hair, right? So, it should go without saying that you want to be gentle when installing your styles (or having them installed) or else, what’s the point? Don’t be afraid to speak up if your stylist is braiding your hair too tight! You should not only be concerned with the amount of tension being used during the install but also afterwards when you begin styling your braids, twists or weaves. Yes, even if you were careful about the initial style going in too tight, you can still do some damage if you pull and…
If you’ve been preggers, you know how much energy you DON’T have for the normal, everyday stuff. This being the case, I decided to do a quick, simple rolled bun for my maternity photo shoot which was inspired by v/blogger Cassandre Beccai.
I understand… sometimes our hair needs a break or we may want to make life a bit easier by installing a weave. Thing is, while they can be cute, some of us forget that we actually have hair under there! O_O Some women (and I know this for a fact!) feel that once they slap that puppy on, they can just get up and go for months on end without giving any attention to the hair growing out of their scalp. No bueno, kids! You MUST take care of your OWN hair, even especially when you were weaves and wigs. That closed-in environment can become a hotbed for bacteria and fungus! Leaving your hair to its own devices can lead to buildup of excessive dandruff and more serious issues like hair loss and infections. PLEASE, regularly cleanse, condition and moisturize your hair and scalp. But some may wonder… How Is That Possible With a “Sew-In”? Sure, your hair may be all braided up but you can still effectively cleanse your scalp. Simply lift and section off each weft and apply your shampoo to as much of the area as you can. Here’s what I used to do: while in the shower, I’d wet my hair, apply the shampoo to each exposed row of scalp, massage it in, let it sit for a few minutes to let it do its thing, rinse and repeat. Same with the conditioner. Afterwards, be sure to completely dry your hair. To prevent excessive dryness, some may use an applicator bottle of oil for the scalp and hair. Others may combine their favorite oils, a leave-in and other ingredients into a spray bottle for easy application. Take a look at my spray bottle concoction. So, ladies… don’t weave it (or wig it) and forget it! A protective…