Protective styles not only cut the time of your beauty routine in half; they're also a great way to protect your natural strands from potential damage. And while braids and twists are relatively low maintenance options, there are a few things you should still do to ensure their longevity. Like most hairstyles, they aren't exempt from becoming unkempt and in need of some occasional reinforcing; especially if you develop an itchy scalp or live in humid conditions that cause your hair to get fuzzy. Don’t let environmental conditions mess with your style; keep your scalp and strands in check with these 15 products.
Shopping for hair products is never as simple as 1,2,3. For every brand, there's an endless amount of products that promise to address your needs. Whether you’re looking for a new leave–in or simply want more bounce in your natural curl, the offerings are hardly lacking, which makes the task twice as challenging. Seriously, it seems every time we turn our heads, there’s a new product on the shelf. To alleviate the bitter sweet job of sorting through heaps of hair masks, cleansing conditioners and defining creams, skip the stress all together and shop these recommended new arrivals. Get ready for your most fabulous fall hair!
If you like to skip the suds and get down to business with a product that will condition your hair on-the-go, reach for a leave in conditioner. They’re an effortless way to provide your hair with healthy nutrients that support growth and protect it from damage. Like most hair products, leave-in conditioners aren’t created equal. Whether you’re a naturalista, wash and go curly girl or relaxed maven, there’s a formula for every type of hair struggle you're bound to face. And with winter on the horizon, you should be ready to fight seasonal dryness and breakage. Our favorites are top rated, crazy afforable and guaranteed to bring your locks back to life.
There are many ways to seek temporary relief from a protective style. For some, it's a soothing head massage. For others, it may be good old fashioned patting. Although these go-to methods work for a moment, our scalps still remain in dire need of TLC. When left untreated, the dandruff and dirt laying just beneath our braid sets are capable of causing dry scalp and brittle hair strands. For many, regular washes and conditioning aren't ideal for preserving the fresh look of protective styles; braids, sewn-ins and faux locs included. Those challenges aside, we can still purify and nourish our manes with extension and braid-friendly hair products. From lightweight oils to cleansers formulated specifically for protective styling, these top-rated faves should be on everyone's radar.