Where have I been + Protective Style out

Hi there! It has been an awfully long time since I updated my blog. I missed all the awesome wash day themes this month :-( So much has happened this month, including travel, lots of work, and a few personal projects that have come up. There is one that you may be interested in, which I will be sharing very soon, so stay tuned...



I had my crochet braids for 6 weeks, and I could have kept them longer but I could feel my hair was crying for moisture. And I was right! After undoing my hair, my ends were not looking good at all! Was it the dry weather we have been experiencing? Or the fact that I may have accidentally dipped my hair in hot water when I curled my braids a few times? I am not sure, but the only thing I know was that those ends had to go. I got rid of about 1.5 inches in total, which I would call a mini set-back, since I had religiously moisturized my corn rows underneath, and even washed them twice during this time! But anyway, lesson learnt: Listen to your hair always! 




Wash day routine:

1.) After undoing the crochet braids and cornrows underneath, I used my tried and trusted Mane 'n Tail Detangler.
2.) I did a protein treatment with my ApHogee Keratin Reconstructor, 
3.) Shampoo'd my hair with ORS Creamy Aloe Clarifying Shampoo. 
4.) Deep conditioned overnight (yasss!) with a mixture of Creme of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Treatment + (lots of) olive oil. My hair felt very soft and moisturized the next day after washing the conditioner out. But there was so much shedding. I thought I removed all the shedded hairs before washing my hair, but I came out with almost the same amount of shedding after washing out the deep conditioner and detangling my hair.

Was this protective style a success? I wish I could say yes, but the fact that it defeated its purpose of retaining my length as much as possible, I cannot say yes. Although I have always had issues with my ends even with the regular trims, so maybe I need to figure out exactly how to keep them in tact irrespective of the style I am wearing.

Here are a few tips I learnt that may help you when you do your protective style again:

1. Do not keep your protective style for longer than your hair can handle. If your hair underneath feels dry even after moisturizing it, it is time to remove the protective style and give your hair a good deep condition. 4-6 weeks is probably your best bet, but this will differ for everyone.

2. Ensure that the plaiting/ cornrow pattern underneath protects your hair as much as possible. Beehive pattern is probably the best as it only leaves one small part of your hair exposed. At some point some of my hair was sticking out because the stylist did straight-back cornrows and sowed the ends together with a thread. The ends unfortunately unraveled before I removed the protective style.

3. Stay away from hot water styling if you cannot tell the difference between your hair (the cornrows/ plaits) and the synthetic hair that has been sown on to your hair. 

4. Always moisturize + seal your hair under your protective style - it will save you a lot of unnecessary split and dried up ends when you take your protective style out.





Any more tips you can think of that have helped you get the most out of your protective style?



14 comments

  1. Sorry about your mini setback hun. It'll grow. I don't keep my protective styles in longer than 3 weeks, 4 at most. longer than that doesn't work for me. Detangling tangled and knotted shed hair becomes a real pain and eventually leads to breakage. I believe it's important to remove shed hair regularly so they don't curl up and form a difficult knot on the viable strands.

    Washing and deep conditioning the hair during protecive styling is also important. Moisturising and sealing is not enough sometimes


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    1. aww thanks Bee, and thanks for the good tips :-) Yes, hair is always growing I just need to nurture these ends properly. I am going to try keeping my PS in for 4 weeks next time round...

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  2. Im sorry your PS led to a setback. But I'm sure you'll get back the length you lost with some more on top. I only have one tip which is to make sure the stylist does not braid too tightly. Losing your hairline isn't worth the protection at times

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    1. Thanks Yvette, it happens but I am determined to make a comeback from this. Yep, tight plaiting is not negotiable....

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  3. Sorry about the setback, Becca. At least, you learned some lessons from it.

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  4. Awww...My heart hurts for you chica. I really does suck when we think that we're doing something beneficial for our hair but in the end it's the complete opposite.

    When I was younger, I loved having my hair braided (It was the Alicia Keys years...lol) So my mom would blow out my hair then as she braided it, she'd basically add a few dabs of conditioner to each section to set the braid. I think that her intent was to keep my hair from getting frizzy and that worked BUT the biggest benefit was that my hair stayed moisturized. Maybe this would be a good technique to try if you ever do crochet braids again.

    Thanks for sharing your #washdayexperience chica!

    KLP @ www.savingourstrands.com

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    1. Aww thanks so much KLP :-) Lol to the Alicia Keys days... But that is a really good piece of advice which I am definitely going to try. Coz the hair really gets dry as it is being plaited. Thanks so much KLP :-))

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  5. I am also sorry for your mini setback. Which sprays do you use to moisturise your hair when its under a protective style?

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    1. Thank you :-) I bought Jamaican Coco & Lime Coconut Conditioning Mist, I have really liked it so far, but every now and then I would spray my hair with a watered down conditioner for an extra moisturizing effect.

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  6. I'm sorry to hear but i know your hair will bounce back.

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    1. Thanks Tomi, lessons have been learnt.

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  7. Sorry to hear about your set back! My last setback was after I keeping in my long term style for over 2 months. Always hate it when protective styling sets us back.

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  8. Its a set back but we all have them. Now you know for next time :-) Apogee was definitely a good choice for the breakage. I used to use it when I was relaxed and it kept my ends strong.

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