Many curly girls use protective styles to manage their curls. A good protective style can help lock in moisture and minimize damage to strands. However, it isn't a permanent fix. Protective styles must be periodically removed to allow curls to rest. Here's what to do after removing protective styles. Give these tips a try, and let us know what your favorite protective style is.
What To Do After Removing Protective Styles
Once your curls have been removed, odds are there will be some snarls or tangles. Therefore, it's important to take a moment and detangle. Use your fingers to gently work through knots. Begin loosening the roots to help break up build up.
After wearing your curls in a protective style for some time, it's most likely they haven't been washed. As a result, you'll need to clarify. Detoxing and clarifying the scalp will remove excess product and build up. This will allow the scalp to breathe, and blood flow will encourage curl growth.
It's been awhile since your curls got the TLC of a deep conditioning treatment. This means you'll need to help strands out to recover any lost moisture. After clarifying strands, follow up with a deep conditioning treatment. Select an all natural conditioner with hydrating ingredients to give curls that extra moisturizing boost.
Depending on how long you've had your strands in a protective style, you may or may not need a trim once you remove it. If it's been 6 weeks or so, odds are it's time to get a trim to get rid of any damage or dead ends. If you go shorter amounts of time, it might be ok to skip a trim.
If your strands have been tied up in a protective style for a long time, it's now time to let your strands chill for awhile. Allow curls to relax, and don't immediately tie them back up. Give it a couple of weeks for your strands and scalp to rest.