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Protective Styles: Long Term Protective Style/Questions/Benefits/Care/



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Protective styles: how to prep hair, how to care for protective styles, Washday routine for long term protective styles


Protective styles
Hairstyle for different occasions

What is a Protective Style?

A protective style is any hairstyle that protects the hair from uneccessary/excessive manipulation and natural elements.

Protective styles can either be worn with or without an extension depending on one’s preference and what actually works for them.

Long Term Protective Style 

These are styles that can be worn for a duration of 2 – 8 weeks. Examples; mini braids/twists/cornrows, medium sized braids/twists/cornrows, crotchet styles etc.

Before installing a long term protective style, the following questions should be at the back of your mind:

  • How long can you wear a style without damaging your hair and scalp?
  • How long can the style look presentable without a retouch?
  • How long can you wear the style without manipulating your hair and new growths?
  • How well can you properly take care of your hair in that style?

Benefits of Long Term Protective Styles 

It helps retain more length 

The longer you keep your protective style in, the more you retain more length provided the style doesn’t become destructive. For this reason, there’s more growth from the root of your hair and little to no breakage from the hair tips as a result of less manipulation.

It is encourages longer break of dealing your hair: 

Sometimes, having to deal with our hair can be so tiring but long term protective style is a great way to take a long break of dealing with your hair.

It is ideal for a long vacation trip 

Before going for that long vacation trip you’ve been dreaming of, putting your hair in a protective style is a great way to enjoy the vacation without having to do your hair every single day during the vacation.

It reduces the stress of post partum care 

Your hair becomes less of a concern during post partum care because you tend to give all attention to your new born. And with all the stress, you wouldn’t want your hair to be part of that and that’s where long term protective style comes in because it saves you the stress of manipulating your hair everytime.

It helps retain and maintain more moisture 

When you moisturize and seal in moisture in your hair in protective styles, the moisture stays longer and keeps it healthy

How to Prepare your for Long Term Protective Style 

Before installing a long term protective style, you need to make sure your hair is ready and fit enough to stay protected for a longer time:

The following steps should be done in prep hair:

Step 1:

Deep Cleanse/Detoxification:  you need to make sure your hair is free of dirt or products build up by using a hair detox mask or shampoo that deeply cleanses the scalp to cleanse your scalp and hair.

Products you can use for cleansing:

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Oleena Organics Cacaoclay mask
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Oleena Organics Shea Blend shampoo


Step 2:

Protein treatment:  doing a protein treatment and will prevent your hair from becoming  weak and fragile will it’s still in the protective style and also stay fit to withstand the weight of any added extension. Use a strengthening deep conditioner with hydrolyzed protein.

Products that can be used for this treatment:

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Oleena Organics Aloerice Deep Conditioner


Step 3:

Deep condition with a moisturizing deep conditioner: after doing a protein treatment, you should follow it up with a moisturizing deep conditioner in order to add moisture back to your hair

Products that can be used:

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    Oleena Organics Intense Moisture Deep Conditioner

Step 4:

Moisturize with a leave in conditioner  this step is very crucial because you need to add extra moisture using a moisturizing leave in conditioner in order to combact dryness.

Product that can be used:

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Oleena Organics Aloevera Leave in Conditioner

Step 5:

Seal in moisture: the steps above can never be complete without sealing in moisture you’ve acquired. This can be done using a hair cream or butter.

Product that can be used:

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Oleena Organics Alopecia Hairfood

Step 6:

Stretch your hair: you might not find this step necessary but it is very necessary. Your hair needs to be well detangled in a stretched form to prevent any form of breakage while installing the long term protective style. Using the heatless method of stretching like african threading, jumbo twists/braids, roller sets etc is quite recommendible.

Step 7:

Extension treatment: if actually you’ll be using an extension for your long term protective style, you might consider treating it first before usage to prevent the extension from reacting with your scalp causing itchiness. Soak the extension in a bowl of hot water with a few drops of apple cider vinegar for about 10-15mins before rinsing off, apply a little leave in conditioner to the extension and blow dry on very low heat.

How to Care for Long Term Protective Style 

Putting your hair in a long term protective style doesn’t mean you should also neglect your hair or stop you regular moisture routine, infact that’s when you’re hair needs to be properly cared for.

  • Keep your scalp clean because hair grows from a healthy scalp
  • Moisturize your protective style using any of the method: LOC/LCO/LB/LO
  • Protect your hair at night using a satin/silk bonnet or scarves
  • Keep your edges moisturised and avoid excessive edge control gel. Remember, your edges doesn’t have to be laid always
  • Use water based leave in conditioner or dilute your creamy leave in for easy penetration

Washdays Routine on Long Term Protective Style 

Most people may not like the idea of washing their hair while in protective style but trust me, it’s worth it because your scalp and hair might experience dandruff, itching and  build up from products and sweats.

Shampoo cleanse: dilute shampoo with water in an applicator bottle and apply directly to your scalp. Massage the shampoo into your scalp gently to loosen up build ups and allow the lather from the shampoo run through your protective style using the praying hands method, rinse off after 5 mins

Condition: apply your favorite deep conditioner to your hair starting from the new growth down to where your hair stops , allow to steam for 15-30mins before rinsing out

Moisturize and seal: moisturise your protective style with your favorite leave in conditioner and seal in moisture with your hair cream or butter.

Scalp massage: give your scalp a TLC using your growth oil. Massage your scalp with the oil for at least 2mins. Do this gently to avoid loosening your hair from the root or making your hair appear rough








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