Why I Choose to Wear Protective Hair Styles

Iesha of LivingLesh sharing her protective style

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Iesha of LivingLesh sharing her protective style

Ever since I was a young girl, I have been wearing protective styles. For those who are unfamiliar as to what that means, a protective style is a hairstyle that basically keeps your natural hair healthy and protected from damage or breakage. I’ve had a variety of different styles over the years. In my younger years, it was mostly braided but as I got older and started taking care of my own hair, I would switch around from extensions to braids to twists to wigs. But a protective style is only effective if you take care of the natural hair that you are trying to protect. That was a lesson that I learned the hard way, but now, as I focus on being my best self, I take the steps to make sure that my natural hair is healthy underneath my protective styles so t

HOW I TAKE CARE OF MY NATURAL HAIR

The most recent protective styles that I have been wearing are extensions and wigs, and those protective styles call for me to wear my natural hair in braids and wash my hair at least every week. With a wig, it’s easy just to take it off and then wash my natural hair, but with extensions, it also causes me to wash my natural hair and the extensions together. In either situation, I have to keep my natural hair nourished and hydrated so that it keeps growing and maintains a healthy texture.

So, in the same way that I take care of my body by feeding it healthy, delicious, and nutrient-enriched foods, I feed my hair with the Hair Food Manuka Honey & Apricot collection to keep it healthy, hydrated, and overall protected.

On wash day, I use the combination of the Hair Food Manuka Honey & Apricot shampoo and conditioner because I am a strong believer that other shampoos and conditioners with excessive chemicals can leave your hair dry and brittle which is the exact opposite of what I want for my hair. I make sure to use Hair Food at least once a week if not twice during wash day.

After using this sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner for about two washes, I noticed a huge difference in how my hair felt. It felt smooth and well hydrated right after the wash and it maintained that smoothness even after I blow-dried it, which I don’t often do but tried it out to see how well the Hair Food shampoo and conditioner would do. And it definitely passed the test. I’ll be stocking up on more Hair Food products at my local Target (they’re just $7.99 each!) to make sure that I can keep using this for my wash days because there is no excuse as to why to not be providing the best foods for my hair when I am feeding myself the right foods for my body.

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