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20 Expert-Approved Products You'll Need to Preserve Your Protective Styles

ELLE Logo By Nerisha Penrose of ELLE | Slide 1 of 21: Just because your hair is tucked under a protective style doesn’t mean you should forgo your entire hair care routine. Yes, you won't be able to wash your hair or oil your scalp as frequently and easy as you do your natural hair, but it's all about minor adjustments. After spending eight-plus hours in the salon chair for braids, the last thing you want to do is cut the full length of your protective style short due to negligence. "Depending on your style, the suggested time I tell clients to shampoo and treat their hair if they don't have protective styles is every two weeks. However, with protective styles like knotless braids, I'd say between three and four weeks, especially if the front of your hair needs a touch-up," Stasha Harris of Magic Fingers Studio in Brooklyn tells ELLE.com. Enter: Scalp cleansers that take the place of traditional shampoos, refreshing sprays that keep your hairdo moisturized, and anti-itch oils that’ll soothe your scalp, not disrupt it. All of that and more, ahead.

Just because your hair is tucked under a protective style doesn’t mean you should forgo your entire hair care routine. Yes, you won't be able to wash your hair or oil your scalp as frequently and easy as you do your natural hair, but it's all about minor adjustments.

After spending eight-plus hours in the salon chair for braids, the last thing you want to do is cut the full length of your protective style short due to negligence. "Depending on your style, the suggested time I tell clients to shampoo and treat their hair if they don't have protective styles is every two weeks. However, with protective styles like knotless braids, I'd say between three and four weeks, especially if the front of your hair needs a touch-up," Stasha Harris of Magic Fingers Studio in Brooklyn tells ELLE.com.

Enter: Scalp cleansers that take the place of traditional shampoos, refreshing sprays that keep your hairdo moisturized, and anti-itch oils that’ll soothe your scalp, not disrupt it. All of that and more, ahead.

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