No-fuss
protective styles like braids, twists, faux locs, weaves and wigs rule the
summer. But as the heat begins to wane, women everywhere get the urge to let
their natural hair breathe for a few months. Caring for your curl type
underneath these looks is pretty much a hair commandment. However, restoring
your hair post-protective style before jumping back into your regular hair
regimen is just as important to making sure your mane remains healthy and
strong.

To recover your hair without breaking the bank, Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula restorative haircare line is an affordable option available at Target and Walmart. Free of harmful ingredients like sulfates, parabens, phthalates and mineral oil, the COF collection will get your hair back on track. How, you ask? Follow our guide below and flawlessly transition your hair just in time for Fall.

Step 1: Detangle

While
taking your hair down, gently finger through your tangles or use a wide-tooth
comb to remove pesky knots from your mane. Remember, don’t fret if you’ve got a
ball of hair in your hand after you’ve finished. Shedding is natural after your
hair has been hibernating for awhile. 

Step 2: Pre-Shampoo

Before
you dive head first (literally) into your normal hair-washing routine, give
your tresses an intensive pre-poo treatment with Palmer’s Coconut Oil
Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack
. Lather your tresses with the
creamy mixture and let sit (with or without heat) while you wash dishes, finish
some work or even FaceTime chat with bae, then rinse thoroughly. This hydration
boost will help soften and strengthen your hair while locking in maximum
moisture throughout the next steps.

Step 3: Shampoo

Next,
wash your mane with Palmer’s Coconut Oil
Formula Conditioning Shampoo
(twice!) to cleanse your scalp of accumulated buildup while
repairing the damage.

Step 4: Deep Condition

Because
your hair has been tucked away for weeks (or months!), a little TLC in the form
of a penetrating post-poo treatment will do wonders. Use Palmer’s Coconut Oil 2
Step Hair Mask
for amplified hydration that keeps your hair moist and
shiny for much longer than other conditioners. The first step, the Deep
Conditioning Mask, restores shine and conditions while step 2, the Protective
Glaze, seals the cuticle for long-lasting results and prevents dryness in the
days following your wash. To better seal the moisture, add heat or steam to
your conditioning process.

Step 5: Moisturize

Though
your hair is already feeling back to normal at this stage, use the L.O.C.
method to further protect your hair’s new glow. After lightly drying your
tresses post-conditioning, spray your strands with Palmer’s Coconut Oil
Leave-In Conditioner
. The hair-nourishing formula contains the beloved coconut
oil and Tahitian Monoi, both of which deeply hydrate, reverse damage and give
hair incredible shine.

Step 6: Trim (If necessary)

Hair
growth is a positive result of leaving your hair in a protective style for
several weeks. Maintain healthy strands by going to the salon for a quick trim.
If you’re more of an at-home self-styler, watch a few YouTube clips before
snipping those split ends yourself.

For
added umph, revive your roots on days two, three and four with Palmer’s Curl &
Scalp Refresher
. The water-based formula contains humectants that revive
your scalp between washes, improve microcirculation to the skin and hair
follicles at the root. When you’re on the go, keep this refresher close by.

For more information on hair
products for post-protective styles care, visit
Palmers.com.

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