Shield Me With Style!

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Welcome to Beauty School!  Every Monday, JET experts will teach you how to preserve your sexy.  This week, make-up and hair expert Dre Brown offers insights on protecting your mane this winter. 

Dre Brown

Though makeup is my forte, I’ve been obsessed with hair since I nearly combed poor Barbie bald back in the day. I’ve been a “naturalista” for nearly four years and find it to be the best thing since sliced bread in the warmer months. However, once the chill descends and knit hats of all colors start appearing on store shelves, I get a little anxious.

Come fall, no longer is my “co-wash & go” curly faux-hawk flattered by 50 and 60 degree temperatures. It wants to hide and find a cozy place to rest, as I’m sure my scalp has had its share of goosebumps. So, rather than rack up on a plethora of knit hats, I prefer to warm my way through fall and winter with a “protective” style that offers flyness and function. This simply means a look that covers or conceals my natural hair and scalp temporarily amidst “the elements.”

When it comes to shielding my hair with style, I’ve been known to “wig out” or bundle up in braids. Whatever the case, I choose wisely and carry a style selection checklist. If considering a “protective” style this chilly season lovelies, explore the following questions with your stylists to nail down the right option for you:

1. Is my natural hair healthy enough for a protective style that may require extensions or braiding?
Nothing could turn “Spring Awakening” into a nightmare more than removing your cold weather style to find your hair wasn’t strong enough to support it and you’re left with damage, breakage, or hair loss. A diagnostic with your stylist can advise the health and readiness of your natural hair prior to installing a “protective” style.

2. What is the right look for my lifestyle?
Are you a low maintenance maven? Or perhaps you’re just inexperienced in keeping up your own hairstyle. Be certain to select a look that you can manage day-to-day considering your work demands, exercise routine, and time.

3. What is my style goal?
Perhaps you’re hoping cold weather “hibernation” will spur hair growth. Or, maybe a “protective” style could conveniently support transition from your summer highlights back to your natural hue. Regardless of your vision for utilizing a “protective” style, make sure you discuss your goal with a haircare professional who can advise what is possible and suggest the ideal solution to get you there.