REMEMBER: THERE'S HAIR IN THERE!
The first key to Maintaining your braid or twist style successfully is to always keep in mind that THERE IS HAIR IN THERE!! So often we get our braids and twist and get so comfortable with the convenience, that we forget tend to the hair underneath. It is very important to remeber this when wearing your style day to day and when uninstalling. (BE GENTLE) Taking care of your hair while in a protective braided or twist style will ensure that the hair that you've grown stays on your head!
OIL AND MOISTURIZE
What ever your normal oil and moisturizing regimen is.....KEEP IT UP! Find ways to still get your oil and moisturizer to your scalp. Some styles are more difficult than others so you may have to get a bottle with a pointed nozzle in order to get oils to hard to reach places. Try not to over do it, but give it as much as needed.
WRAP IT UP EVERY NIGHT
I know that with our very busy schedules, at times it gets very easy to fall asleep without wraping our hair......but please...DON'T DO IT!!! It is very important for the up keep of your style and the hair thats inside for you to always remember to do this. Make it a routine You will be happy you did! It can also be helpful to use satin pillow cases on your pillows , for those times that you just couldnt keep that scarf on!