What to do after Protective Styling?

IMG_2761     Natural hair

I finally took out my box braids a few days ago and I am super happy about it. To be honest, I missed my hair and I was going through hair withdrawals because I missed touching my coily strands. After I took out my braids, I noticed the dry condition of my hair. It wasn’t too dirty because I was washing while the box braids were still installed. So I knew I needed to give my hair tons of moisture to bring it back to life.

  • Pre-Pooing: I separated my hair in two half and then I spritz my hair with water just to dampen it. I tied away one half to focus on the other then I coated the side I was working on with Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Hair masque generously. Then I repeated that same step to the other half. The next step was that I separated the costed hair in 7 sections and pinned them away with clips. The last step I double bagged my hair with 2 conditioning caps and let the hair masque sit for about 15-20 minutes.

This helped bring moisture back in my hair and to prevent my hair from drying when I went to shampoo. 

  • Shampoo: After I rinsed out the hair masque, I used Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo to clean my hair and scalp to every section I made previously. I only lathered once before rinsing (That shampoo is very drying) .
  • Conditioning: To replenish the moisture, I used the conditioner from the Black African Soap line from Shea Moisture. I made sure I coated from roots to ends. Don’t forget those thirsty ends! Though, I didn’t rinse it out. I just left it in to keep my hair moist and strong when I styled.
  • Styling: I styled my hair in two strand twists using Carol’s Daughter Hair Honey Mimosa. I allowed my hair to air dry after that. I didn’t bother with heat.

The next Day….

I unraveled my twists with melted Shea Butter on my fingers to avoid some frizz and my hair became very moisturized after that. It came back to it’s strong bouncy self.

The point to this post is to make sure you are cleansing and moisturizing your hair after protective styling. Your hair will need it. 

That’s how my wash day went! I hope this post helped! Let me know if this helped in the comments and tell me what product combinations did you use.

-Nansi

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