1. USE DRIER OILS WHEN FIRST CREATING THE STYLE TO REDUCE BUILD-UP: Opt for less greasy oils when creating the style because they almost immediately seep into the scalp and prevent early build-up. This means using mainly oils high in linoleic acid like grapeseed, argan, safflower, sunflower and hemp seed. Squalane oil, an oil derived from olives or sugar, also works well for protective styles. 

2. ALWAYS BIND THE HAIR AT NIGHT TO PREVENT FRIZZ: Just like you would with your own natural hair, make sure you put a scarf on your braids, twists or locs to prevent friction. The main thing that causes your style to become frizzy is the hair constantly rubbing back and forth. You want to make sure that’s not possible by ensuring the hair is gathered together at night.

3. USE HOT WATER IF YOUR FAUX LOCS ARE TOO STIFF: Sometimes when you immediately finish faux locs, they’re a bit stiff. To immediately soften your style, do a rinse (scalp and all) with hot water. Naturally, ensure that the temperature is not so hot that you burn your scalp, but that it is hot enough to soften your faux loc hair. Sit under a hooded dryer with a medium setting.

4. USE PURE PEPPERMINT TO FRESHEN UP YOUR SCALP OR CONTROL ITCHING: If you’re not interested in spritzing your hair with anything, a super easy morning method is to dab all five fingers with a bit of peppermint essential oil and lightly run your fingers through your scalp. It immediately freshens up your hair and controls any itching in case wash day is a few days away.

5. DON’T BE AFRAID TO SINGE BRAIDS TO CLEAN THEM UP: Singeing braids is typically what you do when you first finish styling your hair, but don’t be afraid to run your lighter across mid-week frizz and smooth it out.

How are you maintaining your protective style? 

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