Protective styles are perfect for “lazy naturals” who want to give their hair (and their arms) a break. Low manipulation styles like box braids or passion twists are a good option if you’re looking to grow your hair longer as well, but throwing your hair in box braids without caring for it first won’t give you all the benefits of protective styles. With the right products from Sephora, your hair will be deeply nourished and moisturized before you put in your protective style and gleaming and strong after you take your hair down.

Prep your hair to protect your hair

Is your hair ready for your next protective style? Protective styles can put your hair through a lot, so it’s important to treat your hair with the care it deserves before visiting your stylist. With its Mediterranean derived ingredients, the COLOR WOW Monev Mask Deep Hydrating & Strengthening Hair Treatment is a great way to prep your hair for protective styling. 

The ingredients in this mask, like Blue Sea Kale and Mediterranean Sea Kelp, bind to your hair to provide moisture and strength so your hair can handle the tension of protective styling. Combat frizz with this mask and keep your braids and twists fresh for longer with the COLOR WOW Monev Mask Deep Hydrating & Strengthening Hair Treatment. Bonus: this mask repairs damaged ends.

Treat your scalp right

Treating your hair right when protective styling doesn’t end with prep. Your hair should be moisturized and nourished while you rock whatever style you choose, so your hair can look and be its best. Oiling your scalp regularly with an oil like the Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil is the best way to keep your scalp and your hair moisturized, nourished and soft while wearing your protective style. 

The oil’s main ingredient, Mirsalehi Honey, is a humectant that draws moisture into your hair and works to keep your hair smooth and shiny while in a protective style. Use daily while wearing your hair in a protective style to keep your hair healthy.

Restore your hair

Your first wash day post-protective style just got ten times better. You can replenish your hair after taking down a protective style, with the Drybar Liquid Glass Instant Glossing Rinse. The product’s Reverse-Micellar Technology restores your hair’s lipid layer with amino acid and fills in porous gaps to bring the shine back to your hair. This is the perfect end to your standard wash routine. To use this product, wash your hair as normal, then apply the Drybar Liquid Glass Instant Glossing Rinse. Follow up with your fav conditioner to get your glossiest hair ever.

Passion twists, knotless braids, wigs and crotchets – there’s no end to how you can rock your natural hair in a protective style. Using the right products can help you get more from your styles. Thankfully, Sephora has everything you need to make your hair shine, and protect your hair at the same time. 

This editorial is brought to you in collaboration with Sephora.