How to prepare for your protective style

Preparation for a healthy protective style, such as a sew-in, should be taken seriously. After all, it is a protective style to promote growth and retention. 

Before you get your sew-in, or any protective style, your hair and scalp should be thoroughly cleansed and moisturized with quality products (preferably ph balanced products). There are so many products that claim to be hydrating and moisturizing to your hair, but if you check the ingredients you will find them contradicting. Also your products should be aligned with the natural ph of hair which is about a 5. 

One ingredient you should be aware of is silicone. Silicone serves no purpose but put a coating on your hair to make it look and feel healthy temporarily. Continuous use of a product with silicone will eventually cause a build up on your hair.

Sodium Chloride better know as table salt. This ingredient part of the reason your scalp is so dry and itchy. Salt is used in shampoos as a thickener, it is one of  the cheaper thickeners that can be used. If the shampoo is cheaper its only right that they keep the production cost down with cheaper ingredients.

There are many other ingredients you should be cautious of such as parabens, sulfates, preservatives, fragrances, formaldehyde just to name a few. 

So what should I shampoo and condition my hair with? 

Both your shampoo and conditioner should have a ph between 4.5 and a 5.5. 

Sulfate free shampoos are always best. However, a more natural surfactant such as Disodium Cocoamphodipropinate  which is made from fatty acids of coconut oil is a healthier alternative

Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein strengthens the hair shaft by protein the attaches to the hair and penetrates down to the cortex.

You may see an ingredient called tetrasodium edta which is a chelator to prevent your products from growing mold and other microorganisms. This chelator is not harmful to us because it is not easily absorbed into our bodies. 

Caprylyl Glycol is a conditioning and moisturizing agent derived from fatty acids found in coconut oil. 

At Snooty Girl we don't require you to come shampooed, conditioned and ready for your install. We care about the overall healthy of your hair and provide this service before, during and after your protective style. We use avlon, paul mitchell, joico and Sebastian which we found to be the best product lines to provide the healthiest  hair care. 

We will soon be releasing our own product line with products that are great for your before and after care. In the mean time, here are a few products that I will recommend to you in the event you choose to take care of your maintenance at home.

We will soon be releasing our own product line with products that are great for your before and after care. 

Keracare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo

KeraCare Humecto Conditioner

Sebastian Drench Shampoo and Conditioner 

Joico Moisture or kpak(color/chemical treated hair)

If you are unsure on what product is best for your hair you may book and consultation to discuss your hair care regimen 

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