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Tips// Undoing protective styles

Protective styling is a good way to put your hair away for a while and give it a rest from manipulation which in turn helps with length retention. But in order to benefit from protective styles, in addition to caring for your hair underneath you also have to take the protective style down properly. I will share a few tips that always work for me.


Be comfortable and take your time

You need to make sure you have nowhere to go when you undo your protective style because it is a very delicate process. you need to take your time and be gentle which is something you can’t do when you are in a rush. Make sure that you are comfortable because the minute you are uncomfortable you will end up rushing through it and trust me alot of pulling, tugging and even cutting of hair can happen when you rush.

Use your fingers to unravel.

I give you permission to swear at me for this one… I know right? what a task. but this reduces breakage when you unravel your cornrows. I find that when I use a needle or a pin or a comb tail there is hair left on it but when I use my hands its very minimal. So I say it again, use your hands.

Use an oil.

Apply some oil on your hands when unraveling your hair. Its makes the whole process easier, minimizes breakage and also adds moisture to your hair.

Detangle as you go.

I find that this step helps me speed up my detangling process. I unravel two or three rows or if its braids I unravel a few and detangle and so forth.

Use a detangling Product or leave in to detangle

I promise you, with your favorite detangler on your side everything will go right. It eases up the detangling by far.

Wash your hair and have a protein treatment.

You hair is in need for a good wash and some strength so a good wash day and protein treatment will do your hair a world of good.

Give your hair a break.

Give your hair a break of at least a week before going back to protective styling. Give it some time to breathe and just be.


With these tips, undoing a protective style will be seamless and your hair will flourish from protective styling. I know mine has.


How do you undo your protective style?


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  • Reply Lungi

    Great tips! I do it as you explained above – however, I use a rat tail comb to unravel…I’ll try using just my fingers next time.

    September 5, 2016 at 1:57 pm
    • Reply Lebok

      Thank you Lungs. Let me know how you find it 🙂

      September 5, 2016 at 2:04 pm

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