Summer Protective Styling Series

Using protective styles to protect hair during the remainder of the summer.

box braids

Summer comes and goes really quickly. As of the writing of this post, we are about midway through.

I’ve been embracing the wash and go for most of the entire month of July and while I love the look of the wash and go, I have some concerns that I’m leaving my hair out waaaay too much. Plus, when my hair is loose I tend to “play” in it. So, I decided this would be a great time (mid-summer) to return to what I know helps with retaining length…Protective Styling.

Many naturals say they can’t protective style. They don’t like to or they don’t really see the benefit. Protective styling is a personal choice but for my natural hair journey, I find it very helpful. The key to it being successful is finding protective styles you will stick with.

I’ve tried, twists, mini-twists, small twists, buns and french rolls. Each of these protective styles is great but I’ve found that I have issues with them and these issues cause them not to be very protective at all.

Twists

Twists get too fuzzy for my liking and the smaller the twist, the more tangling and “webbing” at the root I encounter. I also tend to take twists out too quickly (think 3 days!) It doesn’t matter if I spent hours twisting my hair. I just can’t seem to like them long enough to keep them in.

Buns

Buns are so cute and I love to “recover” an old twist out/braid out by styling it in a bun. Unfortunately, when rocking buns, they don’t last longer than a day. I need to restyle the bun on a daily basis and also find myself finger detangling more often to mold the bun in the way I want. Well, that’s not very protective!

Braids

protective styling with braids

Braids tend to give me the biggest bang for my protective styling buck, if you will. It not only takes a while to braid my hair, it takes twice the amount of time to unbraid them! Because of the time it takes to unbraid, I am more apt to leave them in longer. Braids also stay looking neat for much longer than twists.

So, I shared all of that to share that I’m kicking off this summer protective styling series with my hair in braids as a protective style! Check out the two videos below. They share my braiding process:

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In Review: Kinky Kashmere Natural Hair Products

I’ll get right to the point. I LOVE Kinky Kashmere Natural Hair Products!
 twist out using kinky kashmere

Now, before I get into all the goodness that’s called, “Kinky Kashmere” (side note: I love the name… Cashmere (with a k) for your hair!), I must admit that my first impressions weren’t very high….bland packaging and the smell seemed a bit faint to me. It wasn’t a bad smell. There just didn’t seem like there was enough of it. I had purchased these products at the It’s All About the Curls meetup back in April when I went to the ATL Hair Show. A few ladies mentioned that the products worked really well for twist outs and braid outs. They claimed that I would get off the chain curl definition.

With those kind of glowing recommendations, how could I resist? And they were right,

In the following two videos I share my official review of Kinky Kashmere Natural Hair Products, including how I use the All in One Conditioner. Check them out:

Easy Peasy Detangling & Knot Removal

I have found the BEST product for removing knots and tangles from my natural hair.

removing tangles and knots from natural hair

I have tried oils and conditioner solo and combined. They work well but this here product from Shea Moisture just does it all! The funny thing is I actually stumbled upon using this product. I initially purchased it to remove build up from my hair on a regular basis since I’m #teamsilicone!

Anyway, check out the video and you’ll see why I love Shea Moisture’s Purification Masque for removing knots and tangles:

Shea Moisture is selling online now too: http://www.sheamoisture.com/African-Black-Soap-Purification-Masque-_p_744.html