Anyone up for a protective styling challenge for relaxed hair AND natural hair? Jen (Just Grow Already) and Jay (yours truly) have teamed up again to bring you monthly challenges.
Our challenges are to not only hold ourselves accountable but to encourage you to do the same. The first challenge is 30 Days of Protective Styling. This should be a fun yet easy challenge as many of us already have protective styling on lockdown. The cool aspect of this challenge is that we bring to you both perspectives, protective styling for relaxed hair and natural hair. Now that’s a dynamic duo!
Protective Styling for Relaxed Hair Hairstyles
You already know my wigs will be in high rotation. I aim to wear a bun at some point during the challenge and film how I do my faux buns since I know some of you are interested in seeing how I pull that off. I have a few new wigs to debut as well and hope to show you those.
Protective Styling Wash Regimen
My hair regimen will be as per the usual. I will wash every week or every two weeks. It just depends on how my hair feels and what schedule permits. Wash days are very calculated and include the same steps each and every time:
- thoroughly pre-wash detangle my hair with a detangler of choice
- braid my hair in 6 -10 braids
- apply oil for a pre-shampoo (pre-poo) treatment (keep on up to 30 mins)
- shampoo with a moisturizing shampoo
- protein treatment as-needed
- deep condition with a moisturizing conditioner (keep on up to 30 mins)
- apply leave-in conditioner
- take down braids and post-wash detangle
- install CWK SSS Plates
- finish air drying with CWK SSS Plates
- braid my hair in 8 – 10 braids to wear under my wigs
Protective Styling Weekly Regimen
I spray my braids twice daily with the super moisturizing Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Hold and Shine Moisture Mist. I do not seal throughout the week since my hair / braids are not exposed to the environment. Lessening the amount of product helps to keep product buildup to a minimum.
Protective Styling Weekly Check-In
Jeni and Jay will do weekly check-in posts every Monday to help each other stay accountable and to encourage each other where needed.
Protective Styling | How Will You Rock It?
Now that we have the challenge launched, how will you protective style this month? Are you planning to try any new hairstyles? Chime in below. I look forward to seeing your gorgeous creations! Oh and, this challenge is open to anyone – relaxed hair, natural hair or anything in between!
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