A protective style is used to regrow hair from a short style, give your hair a break from styling practices, or it can be perfect for your next vacation. When determining a protective style there's a couple of things to keep in mind.
One that you must always care for your hair, inside and out, the outside is most definitely the reflection of what is going on with the inside.
Cleanse your scalp at least once a week,if you are exercising or sweating more than normal shampoo every 2- 3 days to remove dirt, oils and debris from your scalp. When you you sweat salt deposits are left on your scalp along with sebum which can change the ph of your acid mantle. The acid mantle of your scalp is very important it help your follicles stay healthy and help prevent scalp inflammation. A tender scalp can be a sign that some type of inflammation is going on, which can lead to hair loss.
When getting a sew in make sure the braids are not tight, if they are say something while getting your hair braided. The longevity of your style does not depend on the tightness.
before bed at night massage your scalp for 10 minutes increasing blood flow.
tie your edges down at night so you don,t have to worry about straightening them often which can lead to hairloss .
try to leave at least 1/2 inch of your perimeter out to help prevent traction alopecia. Traction alopecia is becoming very prominent in association with wearing hairextentions due to incorrect application.
Find a great hairstylist that is certified to work with your hair type and texture. its your crown protect it.
drink plenty of water
take a good multivitamin i recommend hair fact because it helps build a strong hairshaft.
sleep with a satin scarf,bonnet, or pillowcase toprevent friction and or drying out of your hair
If you have scalp issues such as dandruff, sebborheic dermatitis, chemical burns, or any other open wounds you should never cover it up, go to your dermatologist and a trichologist to get it under control.