After seeing these articles and videos I was sold on protective styling and took it seriously. This resulted in me deciding to wear short-term protective styles about five to size days a week. The about once or twice a week I would wear my hair down to give it a rest from any tension it could be experiencing from being pulled back. So I ended up wearing short-term protective styles such as buns, tucked under braids and ponytails for the majority of my hair journey.
I have to admit that following my schedule of short-term protective styling at least five days a week has paid off. I've been able to retain length between each of my relaxer touch ups and reduce dryness in my ends resulting in longer strands and fuller ends.
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Now that I've seen how good my relaxed hair looks from short-term protective styling, I've decided to enjoy it for a while by wearing my hair out more. Lately I've been wearing my hair out about 3-5 days each week versus the 1-2 days I had been doing. Since I've been wearing my hair out more I've had to take some measure to protect my ends and not compromise my length. Here are the six things I'm doing to protect my relaxed hair while wearing it out more:
1. Wearing my relaxed hair up when travelingTo do this I've been using a hair clip to put up my ends up during trips to and from work, church, the store, etc. By clipping up my ends they aren't brushing against my clothes all day, just for a portion of the day, which could damage them.
2. Putting my relaxed hair up at homeWhen I'm home I keep my relaxed hair up either wrapped or in a satin cap. This is another way I'm keeping my relaxed ends from being damaged by brushing against my clothes all day.
3. Moisturizing my endsSurprisingly my ends have stayed moisturized though they've been out more, but sometimes they need a little moisture boost. So I apply some leave-in conditioner to my every couple of days or when they start to feel dry. I like to do this at night as the leave-in conditioner has some time to really coat and moisturize the strands and I wake up with moisturized hair.
4. Short-term protective styling at least once a weekI've tried to reserve my my protective style for days when the weather is cold or wet. Also for when my relaxed hair is starting to feel really dry. This style is usually a tucked under braid, a bun held up with a hair tie or hair pin, or I use a hair clip.
5. Staying away from direct heatThough I've been wearing my hair down I've stayed away from the flat iron and curling iron to avoid causing any damage from using direct heat. I also don't use hot air when drying with my blow dryer. Instead I use the cool setting.
6. Using moisturizing products on wash dayThe shampoos and conditioners I've been using during my wash days are moisture focused which help to keep my strands supple. I also make sure to deep condition each wash day for at least 30 minutes with a focus on my ends.
How do you protect your hair when you wear it out a lot?
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