Last summer around this time, if you remember, I was in the middle of extensive travel. Fast forward to this year and it’s safe to say I’m at it again. Although traveling is fun, it can be a hassle to worry about my hair in different climates and how it will behave. It became a challenge to travel with a bunch of products to try to keep myself looking as normal as possible. Then to make sure I had the products I liked, I would being them ALL. So to make things easier, I decided to get a sew-in for the summer and keep my hair protected for a while.
I transitioned from relaxed to natural in 2007 by wearing sew-ins for 7-8 months. Sew-ins are super convenient for me and easy to care for, as they give my natural curls a nice break from the harsh elements of the season. My hair tends to misbehave in the Summer anyway, so it was a smart choice to make.
//Protein – It’s advised to get a protein treatment every 6-8 weeks. Protein strengthens the hair by filling in the gaps on the shaft. Use a protein treatment after washing the hair clean. This will keep the hair from popping off and stringy. This will also help minimize shedding.
//Deep Condition (with heat or steam) – This is an absolute MUST to do before you get a protective style. Ensuring you put moisture back into the hair after cleansing before subjecting your hair to hairstyling will help keep your hair healthy and keep it from breaking.
//Moisturize – You can get so wrapped up with make sure the hairstyle itself looks good that you can forget to take care of your own hair underneath. I recommend using a creamy moisturizer for your scalp with braids. If you’re wearing a sew-in, it’s extremely important to moisturize those edges! Leave the light and dry oils for the hairstyle to keep it moisturized and flowy.