Well, it’s here. Protective styling season is upon us! Sure, caring for your hair while wearing the style is essential, but what you do immediately afterwards is probably just as important. Here are five things you should do after removing your protective style to keep your hair healthy and on the right track!
Whether you’re removing synthetic hair or removing a style done on your own hair, shed hair and tangles are inevitable. Finger detangling is the best way to feel for those tangles and remove the shed hair you’ve accumulated during all those weeks. Remember, you’ve been shedding hair on a daily basis, so don’t worry too much if you end up with a nice sized ball of hair in the end.
Adding a moisturizing product to the hair will help you work through those tangles with ease. Our Pre-Shampoo Treatment with Mongogo Oil is made specifically for this purpose - to pre-condition the hair so that it’s ready to be manipulated in the next step! Take your time with this and be gentle so as not to cause any damage.
Once you’ve dealt with your shed hair and tangles, you can now wash your hair with no issues. Even if you’ve managed to cleanse your scalp somewhat while protective styling, you can still have product buildup in hard-to-reach places. Overall, this is a way to give yourself a fresh start!
To really clarify the scalp and remove buildup, our Mongongo Oil Exfoliating Shampoo gives you the deep clean you need and leaves your scalp feeling refreshed without stripping the hair of its natural oils.
The need to deep condition your hair probably goes without saying and this is one those times you’ll need it most. After weeks or months wrapped up in synthetic hair, your strands can become weakened. Restore both strength and moisture by infusing them with a deep conditioner that contains protein like our Babassu Oil & Mint Deep Conditioner . No need for the two-step process of a protein treatment and a moisture-balancing conditioner. We’ve got both in one step!
Deep conditioning with the help of a hair steamer is a great way to maximize the results! Steaming opens up the hair cuticle and allows the conditioner to deeply penetrate the hair shaft for best results. No steamer? No problem. Use a plastic cap and cover with a towel for a similar effect.
By now, your hair should be feeling great! Next, follow up with your moisturizing routine as normal. Applying a leave-in conditioner followed by an oil and then your cream or styler (AKA the LOC Method) is the route many naturalistas have found works best to hydrate the hair and seal in the moisture. Be sure to give the ends of your hair some extra love since they’re the oldest part and more susceptible to damage. Moisturized strands lead to less breakage and split ends.
There’s a good chance that, if you didn’t do it before installing your protective style, you will need a trim after removing it. Let your stylist take a look and assess how much needs to come off to maintain healthy-looking strands. Hopefully, if you’ve been good to your hair, you won’t have to take off too much. But definitely let a pro determine that to be sure.
Because protective styles makes life easier for a few weeks or months, it can be tempting to install another one right away. But now is the time to give your hair and scalp a little break to rejuvenate. Try wearing something low-maintenance like simple roll tuck and pin styles. These styles won’t put too much stress on the hair, require little manipulation and can stay in for a few days or even a week if you wrap it up at night!
Are you a regular protective style wearer? What’s your fave?!
These days, the natural hair community in general throws around the term “hair type” a lot. Everybody’s asking everybody what their hair type is, especially their favorite hair influencers, in an effort to achieve the same amazing results they have gotten with their hair. But there’s a problem. The term, “hair type”, or the action of “hair typing” as we have been using it, refers only to one’s curl pattern.