If you tell any woman that there is a style out there that they can do that would last them 2 months and they wouldn’t have to take hours out of the week to style their hair I am sure they would be ALL OVER IT! well I found that hairstyle for myself. They are called Senegalese (pronounced: Sin-Na-Ga-Lease) twists. True you have to invest some time to get them installed into your hair (Mine took 9 hrs to do) but it is SO worth it in my eyes.
So what is a Protective style? This is a style that you can wear with your real hair and just make sure that the ends of your hair are tucked a way (I.E Twist updo, roll tuck and pin, bantu knots etc) or you can add extensions and fully cover the hair (I.E. Senegalese twist, box braids, braids, sewin, etc) the main objective is not to manipulate your hair so that its can “rest” and you have length retention. Now when you add your extensions you want to make sure that you prep you hair BEFORE you get them and also leave them in NO LONGER than 2 months( Any longer and you can suffer breakage and that would defeat the purpose of a protective style.
I made sure to show my hair some TLC! I washed with my hair with a moisturizing shampoo: Hair rules Daily Cleansing Cream (This is featured in my November favorites and is one of my Staple products) then I made sure to condition my hair. A Deep Conditioner is VERY important because you will not be doing one for 2 months. I used Cantu Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque and sat under my Huetiful Steamer for 20min so that the deep conditioner could really penetrate my hair. Once that is done make sure to rinse your hair with cool water so that it can close your hair follicle and the conditioning treatment can really work(Huetiful moisturizes your hair 5x better then just conditioner alone and it’s no joke this thing is amazing). Next is your leave in conditioner and an oil of your choice to seal all the moisture in ( I chose JBCO, Coconut oil, Grapeseed oil and Jojoba oil mixed all together). Make sure to detangle and wrap hair with a microfiber towel to dry ( the less heat you have to use the better.
You need to blow out your hair so that the stylist can work with your hair (lets be honest you hair in it’s natural state is hard to part if you are not used to working with natural hair) make sure you use a heat protectant on your hair! I used Tresemme heat tamer spray. Once you are all done with that process you are ready to sit down for a full work day and get those extensions put in. Just remember that they will be in there for 2 months (if you choose) so it’s worth it and the end result are great. They hair that was used for this was Kanekalon yaky hair($1.99 a pack at my local beauty supply store and I used 6 packs) I want to thank Annie for an AMAZING job and if you are in the Tampa bay area then please look her up. You can check out her FB page at African Hair Braiding by Annie. Price for Senegalese Twist start at $175 and up.