PROTECTIVE STYLE MAINTENANCE: CLEANING MY HAIR WITH BABY WIPES

By Hadassah Agbaps - July 21, 2017

Source: www.diapers.com



Hi people, what's been on?

My hair is still in a protective style and with the heat, dust and rain, I feel the need to wash my hair. If you have hair like mine, washing it in a protective style such as box braids or kinky twists will either make your hair frizz out more or actually tangle as the hair contracts around  extensions.

My usual practice is shampooing it one week before I'm about to take down the style so that even if it gets rough, it'll only be for one week.
 I noticed however that sometimes on takedown especially if I had the hairstyle in for longer than 3 weeks my hair gets really tangled. The solution to this is spraying it with a dilute mix of conditioner and oil which on some days I don't have the strength for.
It's worse if you're not using kinky extensions and instead, using hair like Expression braiding hair. The frizzes become really really obvious.
Also, if you spray in leave in conditioning mixes daily, it's very likely to have product buildup on your hair and scalp .....most especially if it contains more than just water and oil. This can also lead to unpleasant smelling hair!

So how's a girl to keep her hair and scalp relatively clean while preserving her style?

BABY WIPES!


Most baby wipes these days are pH balanced, hypoallergenic and contain skin friendly ingredients without being drying.
 They are also effective in cleaning up oil and grime. They are affordable too (N300-N800) for a pack containing 80-120 wipes depending on brand.....so why ever not???

Directions for use are quite simple.

Wipe scalp clean until there's no more dirt then moisturise as usual. Wipe down extension too.

Look out for baby wipes indicating a pH of 5.5 and if possible contain soothing essential oils. Some have the added advantage of nano silver imbedded in them which is an effective anti-bacterial agent.

So it's a win win situation....clean well preserved matte free, frizz free hair. It sure beats the popular practice of using rubbing alcohol to clean the scalp!

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11 comments

  1. Awesome!I work out frequently, and have also suffered from a lot of breakage after shampooing my protective styles. I've tried fresh lemon juice in-between washes, that seems to work as well. I like the idea of baby wipes too though; seems more practical.

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    1. Ahh...then it'll fit right into your routine! About the fresh lemon juice, does it get sticky?

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  2. Baby wipes!!! Wow, this is just a genius solution. I'll def be trying it out. thanks for sharing :)

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  3. Sounds legit! Next time I have braids, or a weave in, I'd try this. Merci! :)

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    1. You're welcome! Handy time saver, that.

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  4. I like your suggestions about the wipes, especially as I am always with braided hair and exercise regularly. I may try it one of these days. Thanks :)

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  5. This is great suggestion! Right now I use witch hazel mixed with aloe vera gel on my scalp in between washes.

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  6. The baby wipes are great. I tried this and it really works especially if your hair is oily. THANK YOU SOSOSOOOO MUCH

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