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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Senegalese Twists | How To Wash And Care For Senegalese Twists

Caring For Your Senegalese Twists
So you prepared for your style and got your style done...but the only way for your protective style to stay the bomb is to care for your style. I mean, what's the point of getting your protective style done that you are suppose to have for a long time...and then you take it out 2 weeks after because your hair got gross? Yea, no point. Pretty much! So I'm going to give you a few tips to care for your protective style for you to keep your own for about 6-8 weeks, instead of 2 weeks.

Caring For Your Senegalese Twists

Sleep with satin scarf or bonnet
Whenever you go to bed, you should always protect your hair with a satin bonnet or a satin scarf. If you sleep without your hair protected at night, your bed sheets and pillow cases will pull the moisture from your hair - making your hair frizzy, and cause hair damage. Your own extensions would even get messy and frizzy. And you definitely would not want that!

Caring For Your Senegalese Twists

Invest in an applicator bottle and/or spray bottle
Using spray bottles and applicator bottles are hassle-free and so much easier to apply your product to your protective style instead of rubbing cream with your fingers. I love using jojoba when I get my long term styles because it matches the hair's own oil (sebum) and it's not too heavy for daily use. I mix it with peppermint and lavender essential oils for extra conditioning benefits. I also use Jamaican Black castor oil to massage my own scalp and edges about 3 times a week to promote hair growth.

Caring For Your Senegalese Twists

Dilute your cleaning agent for effective cleansing
Just because your hair is in a long term protective style does not mean you should not cleanse your natural hair and scalp. Protective styles are not meant to 'set and forget.' You can dilute your shampoo or your clay wash and put in a spray bottle for easy application. I actually love using the apple cider vinegar rinse to cleanse my scalp, my hair, and the faux hair from the product build up. I suggest you cleanse your hair at least twice a month or more if needed.

Caring For Your Senegalese Twists

Deep conditioning still applies

I recommend diluting your deep conditioner with water, until the cream is milky enough to run along your hair. Then run the deep conditioner down the length of YOUR hair (not on your scalp and not on the length of the extensions). Cover your hair with a plastic cap/bag and let the conditioner stay on your hair for 20-30 minutes with a hooded dryer or using the steam of the shower. Make sure to rinse well to remove the conditioner from your hair with cool water. Follow up with your leave-in and light oils to seal. You should deep condition your hair each time you wash it...so maybe twice a month.

And that's it!

Caring For Your Senegalese Twists
Follow these tips to care for your long term protective style and to continue with your healthy hair journey. Your protective style is not meant to last forever...so care for your hair every day while you have it.

Check out my Senegalese Twists Journey:

Prepping The Hair
At The Salon  
Styling The Senegalese Twists
The Journey of the Style
Taking Out The Style

Natural hair says: make sure you care for your natural and faux hair during the duration of the style. Just because you have a protective style does not mean you should 'sleep' on upkeeping your hair.

Always Desire Your Natural,

Christina J

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