5 tips to protect your hair while protective styling

There are lots of people who say that you shouldn't keep a protective style (sew-in) in your head for more than 2 months at a time. This may be true for some, but for me, I believe that you can keep a protective style in longer IF you know how to take care of your hair while doing so.

This is month 2 that I've had my sew-in and I wanted to share with you all my top 5 tips for maintaining your hair under that protective style. 

  • Make sure that you leave out your edges (front, side & back) to prevent breakage. These areas are the most sensitive part of your hair and excessive stress can prevent growth.
  • Get a protective style that matches your hair type/texture as close as possible! If you are a natural and leave out your edges and you install silky straight hair, you will tend to flat iron your natural hair so that it "blends in". Excess heat will cause breakage and minimize growth. Remember the point of a sew-in is to PROTECT your hair from damage.                                                                          

 If you want a specific type of texture that your natural hair doesn't match, try a lace closure (that's what I have), works perfectly!!

  • Moisturize your hair (and new growth as it comes in) with natural oils and/or liquid moisturizers (leave in conditioners are great). Make sure that you use a spray bottle and distribute evenly with your fingers.
  • Wash your hair at least twice a month with a clarifying/hydrating shampoo (Giovanni has a great one). Make sure to take your time and go through each braided section. Make sure that you rinse thoroughly to ensure that your hair is free of shampoo and sit under a hooded dryer (to help minimize the chance of mildew in your natural hair).
  • As you would do with your natural hair, protect your install at night by using a satin bonnet, scarf or pillow case. 
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Every one knows their hair and what works for them..... These are things that I do to my hair every night to ensure that my natural hair is taken care of and to preserve the life of my install.  For me, this keeps my hair healthy every time I take down my sew-ins.


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9 Hair Tips To Keep You Flawless For Date Night With BAE

                                                                Wand Curls on stretched hair.

One of the most important steps of preparing for a night out is getting your hairstyle right! If you don’t take your time with it, it will end up going flat or puffy (for my natural gals) after about an hour or so - def not a good look! If you don’t cut corners, your ‘do’ can really make you stand out in a crowd and keep BAE drooling for you all night.

So I have 9 tips to perfect your night out hairstyle!


1. Research/Prep Your Style

Why not try and be a little more adventurous and find something new to try from a tutorial on the internet? Pinterest and Youtube are great places for inspiration. Pick something a little different, such as a plait incorporated within your usual loosely curled hair.

2. Practice First

If you’ve chosen something new to try, make sure to have a quick attempt first to see if it will look good on you! The worst thing you can do would be to spend so much time getting it right, only for it to fall out when you get there!

                                     Twist out on freshly washed hair w/ front pinned up

3. Use A Good Conditioner

Using a good conditioner is really important to making your hair look shiny and soft, ready for your night. I have reviewed plenty that you can choose from! If your hair is really damaged, it might be worth looking at getting a deep conditioning treatment.

4. Tame Your Hair

Spritz some anti-frizz into your locks to help when you are styling! If you are natural like me,  an oil serum would also help to keep your hair in place.

5. Back Comb

If you have straight hair- back-combing a little bit at the roots is a great way to create volume. Lift up sections of hair and back-comb underneath. Do not do it on the top! You want volume rather than a bed head!

If your natural- break out that pick and fluff and separate to create volume.

                                       Twist Out- fluffed and separated with a pick and hands.

6. Use Extensions

Extensions are a brilliant way to add some serious glamour to your hairstyle. Virgin hair companies supply some fabulously thick hair extensions that come readily waved or straight.  

                                             Virgin wavy hair extensions, loosely wand curled.

7. Dry Hair Shampoo

Dry hair shampoo can be your surprising new best friend if you have straight or very loosely wavy/curly hair. As well as removing excess grease in your hair, this product can create even more volume for your ends!

8. Do Not Use Too Much Hairspray

As bomb as hairspray is, be sure to be sparing with it. Though you want your hair to stay put, you’ll still want it to bounce and have some life to it and not leave your hair with a nasty sticky residue. Besides, the less you use, the more you’ll be able to still smell your lovely conditioner!

9. Take Spare Bobby Pins With You!

No matter what style you chose, be sure to take some bobby pins with you just in case. If you’ve decided to put some of your hair up, the extra pins will be your Savior when it comes to dealing with flyaways. If all of your hair is down, they may come in handy if your bangs are irritating your face later on in the night.

 

Sound Off: What is your go to style for date night with BAE?


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Flexi Rod Set with Dessange Paris Oleo Miracle Collection

In this tutorial, I will be styling my hair using flexi rods and reviewing the new Dessange Paris Oleo Miracle collection that I received from Influenster to review. 

The Oleo Miracle system helps to bring over processed and damaged hair back to life using a 3 unique oil blend of Argan ( rich in fatty acids and Vitamin E to provide intense moisture and long lasting shine), Camellia (plant derived and contains anti-oxidents that help to revitalize and rejuvenate hair) and Pracaxi (extracted from seeds of the Pracaxi tree in S. America, it promotes conditioning and smoothness to the hair). This collection also helps to nourish and bring out your hair's natural beauty while protecting it from future heat damage. 

 

After using these products, I must say that my extensions and my leave out felt nourished and moisturized with a healthy shine. Although the shampoo does contain sulfate, my natural hair (leave out) did not feel dry.

My favorite from the collection is the replenishing oil because not only can I use it to protect my hair from heat styling, but I can also use it for my natural styles like bantu knot outs, twist outs, wash and go's, etc.

The Dessange Paris collection is currently available at Target stores and on Target.com.

Total style time was about 30 minutes.

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Disclaimer: I received the Dessange Paris products for testing purposes from Influenster, but all thoughts are my own.

Holiday Style: Low Curly Ponytail

Low Curly ponytail

If you are following me on Instagram, you already know that I have been helping to get you prepared for the holidays with 6 weeks of hair style inspiration! I decided to highlight some of my favorite styles on the blog so that you can recreate them.


LOW PONYTAIL- this is a simple yet gorgeous hairstyle that is perfect for the holiday season! Very Low maintenance!

TO ACHIEVE THIS STYLE...

  1.  I co-washed my hair using Matrix Bioloage Hydrasource Conditioner.
  2.  Banded wet hair to stretch used Hello Curlies "leave-in conditioner & buttermilk moisturizer" and Aphogee "keratin & green tea reconstructor."
  3. The next morning, I used CHI "silk infusion" oil to flat iron my hair straight (I passed the flat iron only once through my hair.)
  4. Gathered hair into a low bun using the plastic elastic bands.
  5. Used 14'' loose curly hair I bought from the beauty supply and secured it around my hair with bobby pins.
  6. Laid my edges with CURLS "blueberry loss control paste."
  7. Teased ponytail for more volume.

What do you think???

Make sure you are following me on Instagram to see more looks from my Holiday Hair Guide!