My Protective Style Update!

Hi Ladies...

a couple of months ago, I posted about the protective style challenge I had set myself, well it lasted about a month in the braids, maybe a bit longer.  I decided to switch up the style and a do a long term weave for a couple pf month instead, WHY?  

I think the main reason was styling choices, I love to wear hats and I have a big head, (as my mother always tells me, when you were a baby you couldn't hold your own head up it was so big lol!)  so I find it easier to wear a hat with a weave.  I did the weave myself and I was quite pleased with the results.

Braids: Note the the big MELON HEAD!

These are my 'Healthy Weaving Rules'

these rules are what I follow  whilst doing  the weave and whilst I am in the weave, and I am a long-period weaver!  

I can wear a weave in my hair for up to 5 1/2 months with no breakage!  just growth.  I love the Growth I get from my weave!

WEAVE GROWTH- No Joke...its crazy thick up there!

My Healthy WEAVE RULES and Process:

Disclaimer:  these tips work on my hair, I am not in any way suggesting the same will work for anyone else, please do only what you feel comfortable with.

  • Prepare your hair for the hibernation!  just like a bear who hibernates during the winter months will stock-pile his nuts and berries or is it squirrels?  one of the two anyway lol!  I prepare my hair for the weave hibernation, by doing a protein treatment first.  I want to ensure my hair is strengthened for the weave install.
  • My treatment of choice...since I LOVE all things that emanate from the earth, I will use HENNA!  it works  for me so why break the habit!

HENNA head:  Excuse the glum face!

  • I will then do a deep conditioner, my internal conditioning treatment.  The henna can be drying,so I will  then DC with my Deep conditioner mix.
  • I then let my hair air-dry!  I am not that keen on the blow-dryer.
  • I will braid my hair in no less than 10 braids ' Leroy FAME style'  for the younger readers I mean, straight back.  I had a stylist last year braid my hair in a spiral, and I hated it, it was too much manipulation for my poor strands!
  • I contribute the health of my hair during the weave, or some of it to this braiding method.  
  • As the braids are thick and few, the foundation for my weave is strong.  Breakage occurs when the hair is braided thinly and then its pulled and tugged by an over-zealous stylist who tries to sew the weave hair in for eternity!

My Wonky 'DIY' BRAIDS!

  • I will then sew the ends of my hair together at the back and across my head.  I need to access my scalp when in my weave, this is ESSENTIAL!
  • The weave is then sewn on in a U-shape, starting at the back of my head.

My hair is thick, so I do not braid too tightly, 

  • I do not mind that the braids are not the neatest, the main thing is my scalp is not being tightly pulled and I can access my scalp to oil and massage it nightly!

Thats basically it!


I oil my scalp nightly using my SCALP Hydration Serum and my ROOT Energizer these oil ensure my hair growth is always THICK!

I will Wash and condition my hair weekly, and also do an oils rinse every other day to maintain the moisture in my braided hair.  I use olive oil and it works for me!

Its essential to keep your scalp clean whilst clean and hydrated whilst in the weave, this will give you the best possible chance of growing healthier hair.

Please check-out my selling scalp oil, www.root2tip.com, If you have ever suffered with the syndrome known to black women as ' Head knocking, where by you proceed to hit yourself in the head to relive an itchy spot you can't get to under the weave or wig!  

You will love the the SCALP Hydration Serum, it relieves all  weave, wig or braid associated itchies and grows your hair too!  

Weave Take-down tips!

  1. Take your time and slowly loosen each row of cornrow and apply conditioner to each section and detangle, then twist.
  2. Continue this until all the cornrowed braids are loosened.
  3. Give your hair a wash and then follow-up with a protein treatment, the hair if it has been weaved up as long up as mine, will need strengthening again.
  4. Take your time!
  5. Do not be alarmed by the hair that sheds, this is a natural process, you have not combed your hair from weeks/months so this is normal!
  6. Give your hair a rest, just leave it alone for a week or two.  

Most Important!

The rule is to really rest your hair for the same amount of time that you were weaved up for.  For some people who usually weave back-to-back, failing to do this rest period, may be the reason behind you not seeing thick healthy hair growth  in a weave!

NEVER, NEVER RELAX HAIR FRESH FROM A WEAVE...this is hair HOMICIDE!  especially if your hair is dehydrated.  If you can't wear your hair out, rest it under a wig, hat or scarf, but please let it be!

Please leave me a comment or question!!

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Sal Root said...

My hair has been in a weave for nearly 2 months and I never get an itchy scalp, I feel lots of growth under there 2 but the best thing is my edges are filling in!

Anonymous said...

Hi I have relaxed hair, and having been wearing it this way for years... my mom couldn't handle doing my Nappy hair! I would like to go back to being all natural but I dont want to cut my hair. what is a healthy way to do this?

Sal Root said...

Hi Michelle,

I would suggest doing a protective style for a couple of months at a time while you transition, so every time your hair grows out naturally you trim a little of the relaxed ends off.

You can do braids, maybe get a weave or wear wigs with the hair hair braided underneath.

Thats what I did to grow out my tex-laxed hair a couple of years ago.

Just be sure to keep the hair moisturised whatever you do to avoid tangling and breakage.



Lela7 said...

Where do u buy the henna from? Is the mix drying at all?

Sal Root said...

Hi Lela7

I get my Henna from an indian wholesalers in Wembley. To counteract the drying effects I use conditioner at times an lots of olive oil.

Lela7 said...

Thanks for the response. I was looking at the henna boy site, and considering whether to buy the lush henna, but I'm not sure how natural there one is.

Do you mean you mix the olive oil and the conditioner into the henna mixture or use it after. I'm dying to try henna, but I really want to know about the disadvantages because i don't want to ruin my hair!

Also, how dry is dry?

Great website btw! I'm tired of reading all the american ones. What I did to significantly improve hair growth was follow the Chicoro grow it book and read the science of black hair.Have u read those - very helpful.

Sal Root said...

i LOVE Henna girl, imo the benefits outweigh the dryness which is counteracted by a good DC!! glad you like the blog,

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