Tips for making protective hairstyles last longer

When it comes to natural hair, protective hairstyles not only look really great, but they also limit the stress of environmental factors on natural hair. They are also good for length retention and the maintenance of that much-needed moisture for natural hair. In this article, we look at some tips for how you can make your protective hairstyles last longer.

One step at a time

When you start to wear protective hairstyles for African hair, you should take baby steps and start off by wearing a style for just one week, and then gradually upping the duration by one week at a time. This is because you need to learn what your hair can handle before committing to a long-term protective hairstyle. If you don’t do this, you could end up harming your natural hair!

Opt for smaller twists or braids

If you wear twists or braids for your protective hairstyle, try make them small, as bigger braids usually frizz faster and this could reduce the duration of your protective hairstyle. Mini braids are a popular choice as there is less chance of single strand knots forming in the hair.

Wash your hair as little as possible

When it comes to protective hairstyles, you need to keep washing your hair to a minimum as washing may cause your hair to mesh, resulting in protective styles which do not last very long. Even if you don’t wash your hair, you can still keep your scalp fresh by using water and Easy Waves Coconut hair food or the Pink Oil Moisturiser with mineral oil.

Braid your twists before washing

When you do wash your natural hair with the Easy Waves Shampoo, you need to be careful to keep your style intact and this can be done by putting your twists or braids into several big plaits prior to washing.  It is also a good idea to cover your braids or twists prior to washing in order to prevent damage.

Redo the braids along your hairline

In order to reduce thinning and breakage in natural hair, you should redo the twists and braids along the perimeter of your hairline. This will also result in a fresher look! Try and do this on a weekly basis.

Why we love protective hairstyles

Overall, protective hairstyles not only look great, but they are essential for maintenance of natural African hair and length retention. If you want to make the most out of your protective hairstyle, then following these tips will really help you reap the benefits, resulting in healthy, nourished hair.


Melanie is the owner of Promatix; a web design and online marketing agency in Johannesburg. An avid fan of all things pretty and practical. She likes tea, chocolate biscuits and books about anything other than reality.

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