How long do you normally leave your protective styles in? A few weeks? A month? Are you one of the patient few who can leave a style in for two or three months? Well, whatever your timeline, if a style is in your head for longer than two weeks, you might want to consider washing it.
Of course, we’re all worried about ruining our protective style with a wash, and it’s a very easy mistake to make. You can cut the shelf life of your protective style in half with one rough wash. Here is a simple guide to a no frizz wash day for any protective style that exposes your scalp (i.e. Box braids, twists, cornrows, ect.)
Collect Your Supplies
This method of washing requires a few tools. First you're gonna need a spray bottle (or two). If you don’t already have one, Miche got you covered with the Mist Spray Bottle. You’re also gonna need your shampoo and conditioner; we recommend our Detox Clarifying shampoo and Prime conditioner. You’ll also need a spray leave-in (you could try our Boost Hydrating Curl Refresher), and a sealing oil of your choosing. We recommend the Miche Polished Hair & Scalp oil. A setting foam is optional, but highly recommended. Lastly, you’re gonna need a microfiber towel or a t-shirt to dry your hair when it's all said and done.
You’re Ready To Start!
Now that you have all your tools, you’re ready to get to washing. First, put a little bit of your favorite shampoo into your spray bottle and dilute it with warm water. You’re diluting it to prevent product build up. The last thing you want is to end up with a dirtier scalp than you started with! Spray the diluted shampoo on your scalp and use your fingers to lather gently, lifting the dirt and oil without disturbing your parts.
Once you feel like your scalp is all clean, it’s time to rinse. You have two options here. If your protective style features no additional hair or extensions, you can just rinse hair like you normally would. However, if your protective style does feature extensions, you may want to hold the length of your hair away from the stream water so that only your scalp and roots are being rinsed. This will prevent all of your hair from getting drenched, which would make the hair very heavy and uncomfortable. Not to mention, it could cause your hair not to dry completely for several days, creating the opportunity for mold and bacteria to collect in your hair. That’s the last thing we want!
Once all the shampoo is rinsed out, you’re ready to move on to conditioning. Dilute your favorite conditioner just like the shampoo in a spray bottle with warm water. Spray the diluted conditioner from your roots to where your hair ends in your style. Let it sit for a moment before rinsing again. Once you’ve rinsed out all of the conditioner, wrap your hair in your microfiber towel or t-shirt to collect the excess water.
Next, you apply your spray on leave-in and your sealing oil. You can do this from your roots to the very ends of your style. Lastly, you can apply a setting foam to your hair, wrap it tightly with a scarf, and blow dry until the hair is completely dry. After that, you can lay your edges or leave them as is. And you’re done!
Never skip a much needed wash day again simply to save a protective style. Follow these steps and you should be in the clear. Remember to always take your protective styles out within a reasonable timeframe to avoid unnecessary damage.
Have you tried any of these tips to avoid frizz? Do you have any other tips? Share in the comments.