So I have been getting so many inquiries about Protective Styling that I figured now is a great time to give my take on them.
From Crochets to Installs to Clip-Ins to Braids, whatever your preferred choice of Protective Styling, your foundation must be in tact. The myth of wearing PS and your Mane falling out is just that, a myth! If it is done properly and properly maintained then I say go for it. This allows your Mane time to rest from the everyday regiment and maximizes the overall health of the Mane. Keeping the Mane guessing is what I call it.
Now just because you have PS and it may not require much styling on your part, you still need to have maintenance appointments scheduled. What this does is helps with the upkeep of the style you are wearing, ensures that your Mane is properly cared for as well as ensures your Mane is still in a healthy condition. There is great success in wearing Protective Styling, but I must stress the importance of a client consultation first to find out the best method. If you are having challenges with the strength of your Mane or your edges are compromised, then an Install may not be the best solution. I would recommend a Unit (Wig) and bi-weekly treatment of your Mane to build the strength of your Mane. If you are looking for thickness or length, my recommendation is an Install, Crochet or Braided style with a maintenance schedule according to the option chosen. This allows the Mane a resting period to get stronger in thickness and ultimately in length.
Before receiving your Protective Style, you should have shampoo and conditioning treatments that your stylist feels will benefit your Mane. That may consist of a detox shampoo (to removed build-up), a conditioning shampoo (which helps put the moisture back into your Mane), conditioning based on the condition of your Mane and that also complements the shampoo service you received. Then you go into the process of the Protective Style. The main goal is to achieve a healthy Mane, not just a means to have less work to do. I hope this helps you make the best decision for your Mane as well as lifestyle!
Well that's it for now and as always I would love your feedback, comments and questions.