How I'm Caring For My Senegalese TwistsI've had my twists for a month. I haven't had a hairstyle like this since the 4th grade when I had box braids! Before leaving the shop, I made sure to get some maintenance tips so I could be informed about how to care for the hair before being sent off to tend with it on my own. With that being said, here's a few things I've done to care for my natural hair during this first month.
Moisturize & Protect The HairOne of the perks of having crochet braids has been accessibility to my scalp. I'm able to moisturize my roots and keep my scalp oiled. My hair didn't need much attention during its first week. I started moisturizing my roots and edges with one of my staple moisturizers, Creme of Nature Argan Buttermilk. Two days after I moisturized my hair, I oiled my scalp using Creme of Nature 100% Argan Oil.
I received a some Proganix products in my October curlBOX that seemed perfect for protective styling so I've been getting some use out of a few of the products. I don't have a schedule for moisturizing my hair. When it starts feeling dry I spray Proganix Leave-In Moisture on my scalp and hair and follow that up two days later with the Proganix Moisture Balm. This regimen has done a great job with keeping my hair moisturized and leaves my hair feeling soft.
Clean The HairI normally wash my hair every 2 weeks. I push that time out to month when I'm wearing protective styles, even though my scalp doesn't like it!! During this month I've been moisturizing and oiling my hair...on top of using edge gel almost every day! I also gave Zumba a try a few times this month, so add sweat on top of all of that! I had a friend tell me that she uses dry shampoo to keep her natural hair fresh since she works out daily. I thought this would be a great time to give this tip a try.
I bought Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo. I sprayed it throughout my scalp hair, but mainly focused on the twists. I wanted to freshen them up, but I was also able to brush out a little build up here and there from my scalp. I've only used it once, so I won't allow myself to speak on its effectiveness just yet, BUT this is an option during protective style wear!
Check-InMy hair has grown A LOT this month.
I used my Sew-In Home Maintenance technique this past weekend to finally wash it. I'm still having lots of fun with this hair and styling it. I'm hoping to stick it out for another month, but with all this hair growth, I'm beginning to question that time frame!
We'll just have to see!
What are some tips you'd add to my list?!
I have not been paid for this post. This post isn't sponsored by any products mentioned here. These thoughts are all my own...unpaid & honest. Just Mi!