5 must-do’s to prep natural hair for protective styling

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I have my hair in a protective style, the first one since my big chop. I have a busy period coming up these next few weeks and I don’t want to neglect my hair, so protective styling is the ultimate solution. At first I wanted to do braids, this idea quickly fell by the wayside when I realised the thinning of my hair on the sides. After some consultation with Lebo from Journeytobeauthair – I finally decided to do crochet braids, with everything done by me. This ensures complete control of the treatment of my hair and I don’t think anyone out there can be gentler with my hair than me.

I usually follow one regimen when prepping for a protective style, even when my hair was relaxed and texlaxed. Instead of explaining everything, I have created an infographic of my steps. This regimen ensures that I do not experience breakage whilst installing the protective style; it ensures that my hair is in its best state. (You’re welcome to share the graphic)


how to prep natural hair for protective styling


I filmed myself threading my hair after my wash day, I share tips that I have learnt since I started threading (a few weeks ago). These tips go a long way to ensuring that my hair is stretched, smooth and moisturised after I take off the thread. Check out the video below.



  1. March 23, 2016 / 13:34

    Thank you for the mention!! Your hair has really grown gal!!!! Thanks for the vid

    • Lungi
      March 23, 2016 / 13:51

      Thanks Lebo. You’re welcome 🙂

  2. March 23, 2016 / 22:13

    Your hair is really growing fast.

  3. March 24, 2016 / 09:49

    A good read. One thing I dread about protective styling is i neglect my hair.Out of sight out of mind. Going ham on these treatments prepping for the incoming winter.

    Mvumikazi ~ Urban Mnguni ~

    • Lungi
      March 25, 2016 / 09:49

      Yeah, I agree. Protective styles also being out the lazy girl in me.

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