Slay All Summer Long: Protective Hairstyle Survival Guide for all Black Queens

Slay All Summer Long: Protective Hairstyle Survival Guide for all Black Queens

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Summer's here, and with it comes vacation vibes, travel adventures, and of course, gorgeous protective styles! Braids, twists, cornrows – these styles are a lifesaver for keeping our hair flourishing throughout the hot season. But let's be honest, maintaining healthy hair underneath those braids can feel like a whole other challenge.


Summer Heat + Protective Styles: The Struggle is Real

Sun, sweat, chlorine – all these elements can wreak havoc on your scalp, leading to dryness, itchiness, and even flaking. But with protective styles, frequent manipulation is a big no-no. So, how do you strike the perfect balance between rocking your braids all summer long and keeping your scalp healthy and happy?


Here are some essential tips for protective hairstyle maintenance this summer:


Pre-braid prep is important


Pre-Braiding Prep is Key: Before getting your hair styled, ensure your scalp is clean and free of product buildup with a clarifying shampoo. A deep conditioning treatment adds extra moisture to your strands. A healthy scalp sets the stage for healthy hair growth underneath your braids.


Scalp Soothers are your best friend when wearing braids


Scalp Soothers are Your Best Friend: Scalp dryness and itchiness are common with protective styles. Look for a gentle, dermatologist-approved scalp soother that can be applied directly to the scalp through the braids. This helps combat dryness and irritation.



Hydrate scalp and hair when wearing braids



Hydration is Queen: Just because your hair is braided doesn't mean it doesn't need hydration. Applying your braids with a hydrating hair milk specifically formulated for protective styles helps prevent dryness and breakage.


Sleep on satin or silk for healthier hair



Sleep on Satin: Cotton pillowcases can absorb moisture from your hair and scalp. Opt for a satin or silk pillowcase to minimize friction and retain moisture.



Minimize manipulation when wearing braids



Minimize Manipulation: Resist the urge to constantly take down your braids to check your scalp. This can lead to frizz and looseness. Focus on maintaining the style properly to maximize its lifespan.


Introducing the Under Hair Care Travel Kit: Your Summer Braids' BFF

Girl+Hair Under Hair Care Braid Care Kit

Here at GIRL+HAIR, we understand the unique challenges Black women face with protective styles. That's why we created the Under Hair Care Travel Kit, developed by a dermatologist and the founder of GIRL+HAIR herself!

This travel-friendly kit has everything you need to keep your scalp healthy and your braids looking fresh all summer long:

Scalp Rinse: This gentle, dermatologist-formulated Apple Cider Vinegar hair rinse clarifies all residue from sweat, salt or chlorine and keeps your scalp refreshed.

Hydrating Lotion: Infused with moisture-rich ingredients, this conditioner keeps your braids looking hydrated and frizz-free.

Daily Scalp Soother: This gentle, dermatologist-formulated formula soothes dryness and itchiness without disrupting your style.


With the Under Hair Care Travel Kit in your bag, you can take on your summer adventures with confidence. Rock your braids with peace of mind, knowing your scalp is happy and healthy underneath!

Ready to slay all summer long? Head over to to grab your Under Hair Care Travel Kit today!

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