So, can I just say that protective styling is NOT as easy as it sounds/looks (*sigh*)
After 4 years of mediocre length (I have between 5 and 8 inches) I’ve decided to buckle down and get disciplined about protective styling. I’ve been putting my hair into 10 fat braids, pinning them up and sealing the ends with shea butter & castor oil every morning and evening. But I noticed that by the time the week was over and I was ready to wash my hair, the ends were really dry and breaking. I concluded that, because my ends were dry/unmoisturized to begin with, I wasn’t sealing in any moisture… but basically putting shea butter on the equivalent of a dry twig. So, week 2 I decided to try daily moisture.
In the back of my mind was the mantra; nothing moisturizes hair like water! So I sprayed some water & apple cider vinegar in my hair — root to tip — and then rubbed some castor oil in my hands and smeared it all over, then put my shea butter & castor oil on the ends… Well, um, a few hours later my hair was dry as a bone — WORSE than when I was just putting shea & castor oil. So I desperately layered Bear Fruit Hair Desert Moisturizer & Leave-In on top — which, I’m guessing, didn’t penetrate the strand because of the previous product buildup, because my hair felt even dryer (let me be clear, it was NOT the fault of the Bear Fruit Hair Leave-In… because it’s actually a really awesome product. It’s my fault for the way I layered it on). EVEN in the braids, my hair feels dry and upset (lol) The ends are snapping like twigs and it feels like straw.
I’m hopping into the shower after work to wash my hair and press the re-set button.. but before I do so, I need some help! How do you effectively moisturize your hair while it’s in a protective style so that it feels soft & supple? Should I have used a spritz? Should I have just moisturized my ends instead of my whole head. Help!!
Alright ladies, help her out! What is your moisturizing regimen when you’re protective styling. Please share!