Protective Style Tips from a Queen

Thank God for awesome friends! Because caring for my hair when it’s free and flowing I can do. But caring for it when it’s locked away under crochet box braids?…foreign territory… Day two of my box braid adventure I started pestering my friend Nish with questions…I consider her to be the protective style queen of my group of friends… By week 2 I begged her for a break down of advice. With her permission I’m sharing her tips for anyone like me who finds themselves lost when it comes to caring for your hair while it’s protected.

Sew-ins 

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She wears these for at least 2 months. She suggests keeping the hair/scalp underneath moisturized and washing once a month (towards the end) for each month that you have your sew in installed.
“I prefer crochet over sew in because it’s easier to get to the scalp.” To moisturize of course

Crochet

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Left to right @picedup_with_peaceandlove w/ faux locks, @tanishacingram, and lil ole me with box braids
Pictured above are 3 different crochet looks syled by Katurah. Nish wears these for 2-3 months (for me I’m lucky to have made it this full month). Like her sew in care she says she keeps her scalp moisturized but instead of washing it she uses leave in conditioner every so often.
While I had my crochet box braids I did pretty much the same thing but instead of leave in conditioner I used a dry shampoo.

Single’s (what I call traditional box braids and twists) 

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Last time I wore Singles June 2015
These usually last my girl 3-4 months. (3 weeks tops for me the last 3 times I had them and that’s pushing it. My hair just has a mind of its own and singles love to slip out when my hair beneath gets damp). You should be familiar with the next tip..moisturize…she co washes her singles more so than washing them (if your hair is like mine even a co wash with singles will cause your braids to slip. I haven’t tried single in a year because of this. If I ever try them again I’ll stick to dry shampoos) and deep conditions here and there for about 10 minutes. She then let’s it air dry or sets her home dryer to a low temperature and sits under it for a bit if time allows. If you don’t have a home dryer to sit under you can use a hand dryer with a diffuser attachment.

But what about Products?

Like myself Nish uses different products but her favorite brands are Tahliah and Shea moisture. She uses Tahliah when she has braids (singles) and crochets while she save Shea moisture for her sew ins.
Since I only have experience with singles and now my first crochet Ive been keeping it simple by switching between a generic braid spray and my Shea buttah oil mixture from Nubian Designs.

Today

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She’s rocking corn rows and I literally just took my crochet braids out for a week or two and decided to try finger coils. If you’re a fan of corn rolls try using  argan oil & Shea butter mixed for your edges and scalp. And I’m sticking to the Shea buttah oil mixture on my my scalp while these finger coils last.

Side Note: Thank you Nish for helping me out with the protective style advice! Seriously everyone needs a friend like her in their life. Not only is my girl Nish my personal protective style queen she is also my go to for fitness tips and health advice. She is a certified trainer and has just about finished her first 60 day fitness challenge along with her clients. If you are in the charleston area hit her up if you aren’t check out her IG, @tanishacingram , you can always DM her for tips and advice.
Lastly thank you @ _therealqc for and @beachboy_87 for editing yall rock!

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