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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Protective Style Series Vol 2.1 | Prepping The Hair For Senegalese Twists

Prepping The Hair For Long-Term Senegalese Twists
Time for my go-to fall/winter protective style: Senegalese twists! I get this style at least 2-3 times a year to 1). put my hair away, 2). reboot from doing my hair so much, and 3). get over my hump and frustrations of running out of styling options I'm WILLING to do. So I'm going to do a Protective Style to help you:
  1. Prep your hair for Senegalese Twists
  2. Getting your hair braided at the salon 
  3. Tips to care for the long-term protective style 
  4. Different styles for your protective style 
  5. The journey of having the actual style 
  6. Taking out the protective style 

Protective styling is literally that...you are putting your hair in a style that will protect the ends of your hair. Protective styling will help retain your length and are useful to continue along your hair journey. To prepare for the protective style, follow these steps to ensure your hair is healthy before you get your long term protective style installed: 
  • Pre-poo
  • Cleansing
  • Protein treatment
  • Deep conditioning
  • Leave-in and Moisture
  • Drying regimen

Pre-poo/Hot Oil Treatment:

Use any kind of carrier oil (Olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, etc.) for this process. Section your hair in 4-6 sections for easy manageably. Take one section, rub the oil along the length of your hair, and make sure you focus on your ends. Detangle and two strand twist/clip hair up and continue with the other sections of your hair. Once all of the sections are complete, put a plastic cap/bag over your hair and sit under a hooded dryer for 30 minutes or overnight. Continue with your washing process.

Prepping The Hair For Long-Term Senegalese Twists

About to put in work! My roller set-flat ironed style
about to be pre-pooed with coconut oil


Use any kind of cleaning agent to make sure your scalp and hair are clean for the long-term protective style. Keep your hair in the 4-6 sections for manageability and work through each section. Do not scratch your scalp, but rub vigorously to loosen the product buildup from your scalp and hair. Rinse thoroughly once all the sections have been cleansed.

Protein Treatment:

Use a protein treatment (reconstructor, deep penetrating, light treatment) according to your hair texture, type, and need to strengthen your hair strands. If you are not sure what to use, do the 3 Strand Test to find out. You can also check your moisture content as well, as explained in the article. Once your protein treatment is complete, wash thoroughly with warm water and continue with your deep conditioner.

Deep Conditioning:

This treatment is so important when planning your long-term style.  If you don't have a hooded dryer, you can use the steam from your shower or you can put a beanie and a satin bonnet on and use your body heat (like I did when I pre-poo'd).

Leave-in conditioner:

After the deep conditioner, use an old t-shirt to dry your hair. Then proceed with whatever leave-in you use for moisture. It is important to use a t-shirt for drying and not a towel because the fibers of the towel will fuse with the hair resulting frizziness and breakage. And you don't want that!!! Once your hair is damp, then use your leave-in.

Final Prep with Blow Dryer/Air Drying:

I don't normally use a blow dryer, but my hair didn't dry all the way and I washed my hair late the night before. So I used the tension method to blow dry my hair with low heat. I have a Wal-Mart Conair Blow Dryer, which worked very well with my Gold N Hot and for the tension method. You don't need to use the blow dryer long, just enough to straighten the hair. It took me about 15 minutes to do my entire head. Once I was done with each section, I twist each section back up.

Prepping The Hair For Long-Term Senegalese Twists

Do not use high or hot heat...you will melt your face and your sanity
will not be there for a few minutes...Just kidding! I just felt a certain
way and really liked how my hair was blowing. Don't judge me!

Also, try African Threading to dry your hair without using heat. This is the method I prefer for a heatless blowout.

Check out other ways to prep your hair:

Hair Tips | Washing Regimen For Fine, Natural Hair

Natural hair says: if you are planning to get your hair in a long-term style, pamper your hair on your own by following these steps. You want to minimize the stress on your hair as possible. Don't get it done at the braid shop nor the salon...check out my ***story*** at the bottom.

Always Desire Your Natural,

Christina J

***The first time I went to a braider (back in 2011), I washed my hair but did not blow dry it straight. Mind you, I was transitioning with my natural roots and relaxed ends. This braider used her regular comb (not wide tooth) and her hair dryer and began to break my neck with her "detangling methods." I saw small pieces of hair flying everywhere and she had no remorse for my hair. Never again did I go to her or did I go get my hair braided without blow drying my hair straight.

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