What does your nighttime protective style regimen look like? If you think that just because you’ve got a protective style, you can go to bed unprotected -- you’re wrong. Wrap it up.. See our top tips for your Nightly Protective Style Routine.
Tip #1: Cleanse Your Edges Of Any Product Residue
Cleansing your edges of any dirt, lint or debris that gets into contact with the product in your hair will stick to it and cause build up faster.
Tip #2: Wrap Your Hair In A Satin Scarf Or Bonnet Before Changing Clothes
To avoid cotton build up at the base of your braids, wrap your hair in a satin scarf or bonnet before changing clothes.
Tip #3: Wash Your Pillow Case
If you use a silk pillowcase instead of a head scarf or bonnet, be sure to wash it at least once per week. Washing your pillowcase regularly helps to remove dust and bacteria that sticks into the pillowcase which may lead to not only hair, but skin problems.
Tip #4: Secure Your Hair Overnight
While wearing lengthy protective styles, secure your hair into a ponytail or bun to avoid snagging overnight. Just because you’ve got a protective style doesn’t mean you can go to bed unprotected. By securing your hair, you avoid accumulating fly-aways, unnecessary strain on your scalp and collecting any lint or other things you may have in your bed. This tip alone will keep your protective style looking fresh for weeks on end.
Tip #5: Make Sure Your Braids Are Completely Dry Before Bed
To avoid odor and matting, you have to make sure that your braids are completely dry. Sleeping with wet hair can cause fungal infections on your scalp. Hair is at its weakest when wet so a good rule of thumb is not to disrupt it even more while rolling around in your bed.