6 Reasons Why Protective Styles Are Damaging Your Hair

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Anytime I’m asked how I grow my hair I always say I just make my hair and make sure it’s always moisturized. Now when I say moisturized I don’t mean applying oil or hair cream to my hair or the actual LOC or LCO(leave in conditioner, oil and cream) method but that’s a whole separate story.

Today we’ll be discussing on how protective styles can do more harm than good to your natural hair. But before that you should know that I protective styles are really good and I swear by them. Why?

  • It reduces knots and tangles in your hair and keeps it more manageable.
  • It gives your hair a break from frequent styling or manipulation.
  • Protects your hair from harsh weather.
  • Reduces hands in hair syndrome.
  • Helps retain length.
  • Allows you to easily switch up your style.

Now if they do these great things for your hair how can they still damage your hair?

It’s too tight.

Do we still make styles that snatches away our edges in 2021? No ma’am, miss me with that. Your style can be neat without it being tight, don’t believe that lie we grew up with that tight hairstyles last longer. If it’s too tight, it causes too much tension on your scalp and can damage your hair follicles causing hair breakage or worse, hair loss.

You don’t prep your hair properly.

Since your hair is going to be tucked away for a while you need to make sure that it’s clean, deep conditioned and properly moisturized. Do not put away dirty or dry hair in a protective style.

You abandon your hair.

I know protective styles give you a break from your hair but it doesn’t mean you should totally abandon your hair. Leaving your hair dry in protective styles is doing more harm than good. You need to regularly moisturize your hair, oil your scalp and clean your scalp every 2 or 3 weeks.

Sleeping without a satin/silk scarf, bonnet or pillowcase.

With natural hair, we’re trying to avoid dryness at all cost and this is a good way to do so. I’ve recently started wrapping a satin scarf around my pillow because I sometimes get lazy and sleep without my bonnet or scarf. Protecting your hair properly also prevents your protective style from getting frizzy early.

You leave it in for too long.

It can be very tempting to leave your protective style for long because it’s easier to manage but that’s not a good idea. If you leave your protective style for too long your hair would be dehydrated and extremely tangled when you want to take your hair down. Your protective style should last you anywhere between 2-6 weeks. 8 weeks is okay but that’s a stretch for the brave.

You’re not gentle when taking them out.

Now that you can feel the new growth through your braids and it’s time to take it down, if you’re not gentle with the process you’ll be losing the length you were able to gain while your hair was tucked away. Your hair is going to be fragile since it has been away for a while so you have to handle your hair with care.

Are you guilty of any of these? In my next post I’ll be sharing how to take down your protective style properly and retain all the length you gained.

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Blogmas Day 9|Harmattan Hair Care Tips

Welcome to blogmas day 9. Hope you’re all enjoying my blogmas because I am. Which other bloggers are you keeping up with their blogmas posts?

Today I’ll be sharing some tips on how to care for your hair during the harmattan season. Harmattan season is an intensive dry weather that comes with dust and causes chapped lips, cough, catatrrh, dry skin amongst so many other things. And last but not the least, dry and brittle hair. Taking care of your hair during harmattan has to be done consciously.

Here are some tried and tested tips to get you through the harmattan season.

Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize!

You can never have too much moisture in your hair during harmattan. You have to moisturize your hair more regularly than you used to. I usually moisturize my hair every 2 days, but during harmattan, it’s essential that I do it everyday. Twice daily if I have to go out.

Deep condition regularly.

You need to step up your deep conditioning game this period. Deep condition your hair weekly or as often as your schedule would allow you. You should focus on moisture, so moisturizing deep conditioners should be used.

Increase your water intake.

Water is good for your skin and hair. You should significantly increase the amount of water you drink during harmattan season because you can easily get dehydrated.

Cowash more and shampoo less.

Cowashing can be beneficial during this period because shampoos can overly dry out your hair which we’re trying to avoid. You should still shampoo your hair to remove excessive build up, but it should be done less and with moisturizing sulphate free shampoos.

Stay away from heat.

Stay away from blow dryers, flat irons, curling wands and other heat tools. The weather is already dry enough, so you don’t need to add more external factors which would end up making your hair dry and brittle.

Massage your scalp with oil regularly.

This will prevent you from having a dry and flaky scalp. Massaging your scalp regularly would ensure increased blood circulation which encourages hair growth. Ensure that you spritz your hair lightly with warm water before oiling your scalp. This will help keep your scalp moisturized and not just oily. Here’s how to massage your scalp properly

Use butters and thick oils.

You want ditch your light oils like olive, coconut, almond oils and opt for thicker oils like castor oil or butters like shea, cocoa and mango butters. If your hair doesn’t like raw Shea butter, you can make a whipped shea butter like I usually do. The butters and thick oils would help to seal in the moisture you put in your hair and ensure that your hair is protected and doesn’t lose moisture quickly.

Avoid dust as much as possible.

Headwraps and facecaps are your bestfriends this period. They’ll help prevent dust from settling in your hair.

Wear satin bonnets.

Satin and silk are your hair’s bestfriends. Ensure that you wear a satin bonnet to sleep because it would help retain the moisture in your hair for a longer period. Also try and wear it even during the day when you’re at home.

Avoid overly using humectants.

Humectants such as honey and glycerin are great to draw in moisture from the atmosphere into the hair, but during harmattan the air is usually dry so your hair will tend to lose moisture to the atmosphere as water tends to move down it’s concentration gradient (from higher concentration to lower concentration) resulting in dry and brittle hair which is prone to breakage.

Protective styles.

If you’re like me and can’t be bothered to be have her hair out, get a protective style. That way, you’re hair is protected from direct exposure to the dry weather. It’s important that you still moisturize your hair with that protective style to prevent breakage. You can check out this protective style look book for inspiration.

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Blogmas Day 4| Hairstyle Inspiration For Christmas

Welcome to blogmas day 4.

Dry season is upon us and it’s a perfect excuse to get that protective style saved as a screenshot in your phone. And Christmas is approaching so we need to make our Christmas hair. Is anybody too mature for Christmas hair? Not me sha.

Anyway, I’m bringing you a protective style lookbook to inspire your next hairstyle.

Knotless Braids

If you’ve not had knotless braids done yet, you totally should. Don’t let 2020 pass without you doing this hair. I can’t overemphasize how much this style is beautiful and actually protects your hair. I gave all the tea on knotless braids here.

Distressed/butterfly locs

This is the trending hairstyle right now and I’m not mad because it’s such a cute hairstyle. Perfect for harmattan season because your hair s locked away.

Passion twists

This was the craze of 2019 but the hair is here to stay. I prefer it over regular Senegalese twists. It’s a really beautiful hairstyle.

Bantu knots

A hairstyle that takes your hair off your shoulders. But this hair is so hard to sleep with. It’s cute though, so if you can forfeit your comfort while sleeping then go ahead.

Feed in Braids

This hairstyle always gives me a Chic vibe. It’s so beautiful when properly done.

Fulani Braids.

Another beautiful hairstyle. It’s a half feed in, half box braid hairstyle.

Are you getting a protective style this period? Or have you done on already? Let me know which look is your favourite.

Catch up on my previous blogmas posts.

Blogmas Day 1

Blogmas Day 2

Blogmas Day 3

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How I Prep My Hair For A Long Term Protective Style

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So I decided to document my last washday and share how I prepare my hair to make sure it’s in a good condition to be put away for weeks. It’s very important to make sure your hair is in proper shape to be put away for weeks or you’ll be defeating the purpose of the protective style.

Step 1: Prepoo

When I’m prepping my hair for protective style, the goal is to get my hair as moisturized as possible so the first step I take is to prepoo my hair. I used my good ole mixture of Shea butter, palm kernel oil, honey and a rinse out conditioner but it had been a while since I used this so I decided to do so and I remembered why I loved it so much. I spritzed my hair lightly with water and applied the prepoo mixture to my hair and worked it thoroughly into my strands and my hair was very easy to detangle and comb through. I twisted the section after combing it then moved to the next one till I had applied it all over my hair then I covered my hair with a plastic bag and used my steaming cap over it for about 30 minutes. I’ll normally sleep with the prepoo and carry it overnight but I didn’t do it the previous night so I had to use external heat.

Step 2: Shampoo

After 30 minutes I took out the twists and divided my hair into 4 sections. I’ll normally work with 2 sections but I was feeling extra and wanted to be really thorough. I used my handy black soap shampoo by we naturals from their hemp oil range and this was my best product from the entire range of products (imagine liking a shampoo more than a conditioner as a natural hair girl.) I’m not very picky about shampoos, as long as it doesn’t strip my hair and leave it dry then I’m okay. Anyway, I shampooed my hair twice after rinsing out the prepoo mixture from my hair.

Step 3: Deep Conditioning

I was going to try a new diy deep conditioner using rice but the rice got burnt(don’t judge me๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I was busy and forgot that I had something cooking) so I couldn’t use it anymore. I had to resort to using my rinse out conditioner mixed with honey and I applied that to my hair and my curls were just popping without respect ๐Ÿ˜‚, especially at the back. I covered my hair with a plastic bag again after I had applied the deep conditioner all over my hair. NEPA had taken light so I couldn’t use my steaming cap anymore and I had to improvise so I soaked 2 t-shirts in hot water then used them to wrap the plastic bag on my head then wrapped everything up with a towel. Sometimes I use just a towel that had been soaked in hot water to wrap over the plastic bag. After about an hour, I took out the plastic bag and my hair had soaked up the conditioner and it was very easy to detangle I rinsed off with cold water.


I left my hair in four buns for a few hours cause I was busy. By the time I was ready to moisturize my hair, it was still quite damp so I applied leave in conditioner, cream and whipped Shea butter to keep my hair moisturized. I was really generous when applying these products because I’m putting my hair away for a while. I detangled my hair with a wide tooth comb then threaded it to give me a stretched look when it dries because I didn’t want to use a blow-dryer.

When I took down the thread the next day, my hair was dry but it still didn’t stay stretched. The stretch from the threading method lasted for about 20 minutes before it puffed up when I was about taking pictures because I wanted to use it for my one year length check with a blown out look. I still did the length check anyway, and I’ll be doing a different post for that.

Semi blown out hair

I miss writing washday posts because they’re so easy to get done but I’ve been so busy this week trying to get my hair and my sister’s hair done before tomorrow. I washed my hair on Monday, started braiding my hair on Tuesday night and finished on Wednesday night. I did the finishing touches of trimming and curling today but I wasn’t able to get any picture yet. I’m excited to show you guys my hair, it’s so pretty๐Ÿ˜ฉ