4 Ways to Keep Your Scalp Healthy and Dandruff-Free During Protective Styles



Protective styles are arguably one of the most carefree hairstyles in the world. For one, protective styles look carefree—they give that effortless, I-woke-up-like-this vibe (well, because you did). Not to mention they feel carefree, in every sense of the world. With protective styles, your hair is already styled for you, so you use very few, if any, hot tools on your hair. Most of the time, your morning hair routine consists of not much at all. Trust, I’m currently rocking box braids and I’ve been spoiled with this get-up-and-go hairstyle for more than six months now. I forget what it feels like to have to do your hair every single day. Safe to say, I’m a protective style convert and love keeping my hair healthy for months on end.

With little to no hair maintenance required on a daily basis, scalp protection while wearing protective styles can easily get lost in the shuffle. Although styles like braids don’t require as much attention, your scalp is where it all begins. It’s important to keep a clean and healthy hair canvas. If you don’t cleanse, hydrate, and soothe your scalp with moisturizing products, it’ll result in itchiness, dandruff, flakes, and fungus. This is when your hair gets not-so-carefree. To avoid scalp problems at all costs, you have to put in a little work.

We called on Shari Hicks-Graham, MD, a board-certified dermatologist who specializes in scalp restoration, to share her most trusted tips on scalp care. It all started when Hicks-Graham noticed common scalp problems like severe dryness in all of her patients, which unfortunately led to hair loss for some. She had no product to turn to that actually worked and was sensitive enough to not cause additional issues, so, she created LivSo—an all-natural haircare line that targets the scalp. Keep scrolling for everything you need to know to keep your scalp in good shape while wearing protective styles.