I’ve been protective styling pretty much all summer and in doing so I’ve picked up a thing or two about the oh so dreadful take down process. Taking down your protective style may seem daunting at first but with these 5 tools you’ll be able to make the process a bit easier, or at least less damaging.

5 Tools You Need To Take Down Your Protective Style

1.Wide Tooth Comb: You’ll be needing a wide tooth comb to help detangle your hair during the take down process. It is best/easiest to take down your hair in sections (I usually part my hair into four sections depending on the protective style) and detangle with the wide tooth comb as you go along. This way it won’t be one tangle mess waiting for you at the end of the process.

2. Scissors (if you so choose): I think scissors are important in each take down process no matter what the protective style installed is. However even though they are important they can be very dangerous if you are not being careful. Scissors can be used on twists and braids to cut the length shorter. This makes it easier to untwist or unbraid the synthetic hair. Scissors are also great in cutting off thread in Sew in Weaves or the knots in Crochet Braids. No matter the protective style you have installed if you feel insecure using scissors yourself ask for help and take it extremely slow.

3. Spray Bottle: Fill your spray bottle with a DIY concoction to help with the detangling process. Adding water for moisture and essential/carrier oils or conditioner will help add slip and make the detangle session a lot easier.

4. Rat Tail Comb: I know many naturalists who swear against the rat tail comb but it not only can help you with parting during your take down process but it can also help you get rid of small tiny pesky knots or tangles that the wide tooth comb just cant get to. Spritz your hair with your DIY concoction first before running the comb through the tiny tangle. There is no need to run the comb through your head! (That’s what the wide tooth comb is for!)

5. Patience: Sometimes I think things go without saying but it is definitely important/ crucial to have patience when taking down your protective style. Go into it with the mindset that this is going to take a bit of time. In doing so you will prevent yourself from getting frustrated/angry and rushing. These three can cause serious damage to your hair during the take down process thus canceling out all of the progress you made it the protective style installed. Give yourself some time and you will see that the process will be a lot easier than you imagined.

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