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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Weave Tips | Prepping The Hair For Long-Term Style

African Threading For Stretched Natural Hair

Time to go back to my favorite braids and get my long-term 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. Here is the series line-up:
  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 great for 1). protecting the ends of your hair, 2). help retain length, and 3). be a useful tool to take a break from natural hair. To properly prepare my hair, I will follow this regimen:
  • Pre-Poo and Detangle: 5-10 minutes (overnight, optional)
  • Cleanse/Co Wash: 5 minutes
  • Protein Treatment : 5 minutes
  • Deep Condition: 15 to 30 minutes
  • Oil Rinse: 5 minutes
  • Air Dry Until Damp: 30


Pre-poo treatments are great for those with fine-natural hair to help keep the hair soft, promote shine, and to keep the hair detangled with ease. While dry, separate your hair into 4-6 manageable sections. Apply your conditioner or moisturizing to one section of your hair from tips to root, making sure to detangle your hair. Loosely twist/bantu knot/clip your hair and continue the process for the rest of the sections. Cover your hair with a plastic cap for at least 30 minutes to allow your hair to condition. Once done, rinse your hair thoroughly and follow through your regular wash regimen.

I am using coconut oil to detangle and pre-poo my hair overnight.


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.

Full Washing Regimen For Fine, Natural Hair 
I am using ALAFFIA African Black Soap to cleanse my scalp, then allow the shampoo to run down my hair as I rinse the shampoo out. 

Protein Treatment

Protein treatments are used to strengthen the hair shaft and to reduce the damage to the hair, which are very important for fine hair health. Make sure your protein treatment has: Hydrolyzed proteins, Keratin, Soy protein, and/or Silk protein.

I am using Green Tea with Rosemary Essential Oil for my protein treatment as a rinse. I will do this for 5 minutes, then allow to sit for 10 minutes. Without rinsing, I will move on to my deep conditioning treatment.  

Deep Condition

It is very important to deep condition to keep your hair moisturized and protected, especially  after a protein treatment to soften your hair. To make your deep conditioner most effective 1). focus the treatment on your ends, 2). cover with a plastic cap and use heat to open your hair cuticles, and 3). rinse with cool water to seal the hair cuticles.

I am using Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Masque , for 30 minutes with my hooded dryer, to deep condition after using my protein treatment to soften my hair and to moisturize my hair strands. Check out Hair Tips | Deep Conditioning Natural Hair Is A Must for more information.

Oil Rinse

This is an optional step. Oil rinse is great for easier detangling, less SSKs (single strand knots), eliminates frizz, and leaves hair softer and shinier. After you have deep conditioned your hair, you will apply a moisturizing oil (coconut, olive, castor, etc.) to your hair and paying close attention to your ends. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, then rinse with cool water. No need to rinse all the oil out...just enough.

I am using OYIN Juices and Berries and JBCO after deep conditioning (I don't rinse out). Then I put my hair in 4 bantu knots, instead of drying my hair with a t-shirt...but I find that my hair coils back up and then I would have to detangle my hair back out. This method stretches my hair and prepares for African Threading.

Air-Dry With Stretching Method

Be sure to have your hair dry and stretched by the time you visit your braids***
African Threading Method
I am using the African Threading Method, to stretch and dry your hair without using heat. This is the method I prefer for a heatless blowout.

Check out my Senegalese Twists Journey!

Protective Style Series Vol 10.2 | Senegalese Twists At The Salon
Protective Style Series Vol 10.3 | Hair Style Ideas For Senegalese Twists
Protective Style Series Vol 10.4 | The Journey of My Senegalese Twists
Protective Style Series Vol 10.5 | How To Safely Take Out Senegalese Twists

Check out other ways to prep your 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.
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 nor did I go get my hair braided without having my hair dry and straight.

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