Protective Styling 2017

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Lately I’ve got into the habit of doing my own hair but mostly it’s just a matter of exploring and experiencing. I tried doing box braids for the first time and I’m glad to say that it wasn’t bad at all ( did these about a month ago). I actually thought box braids were difficult to do by yourself but it turned out to be super easy. But although I didn’t try it out on my hair at first, I practiced and plaited my sister huge box braids before I got to try out on my own hair.

My first attempt and it worked out. Some things you think are difficult to do but actually when you try them out, you think to yourself what was a scared of in the first place!

 

My braids weren’t really perfect though, but I was happy with my first attempt. They are actually not time consuming when I compare them with doing twists and I took 2 days to finish them all.

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First week after plaiting them

 

My first mistake I didn’t do was to first stretch or blow dry my hair, because I can spot some few hair sticking out of the braids since my hair is very coily. So the next time I do braids, I need to blow dry my hair in order that my hair is silky soft when I plait.

The cool thing is that I get to decide how tight I want them to be and in that way less manipulation.( But I’m not ditching the salon #laughs, braids need time and patience and I won’t always have the time to do them )

This was just to showcase my work and to reveal that protective styling can be done on both levels, by yourself and the salon. There are many other styles like cornrows, faux locks ,etc. that we might need to go for the salon for because indeed we love our hairstylists sisters!

Quick tips:

  • Always have a Braids Spray
  • Any oil of your choice to massage the scalp ( I use coconut oil)
  • Pretty hair jewelleries always spice up your look (optional)
  • Don’t sleep with tightly pulled hair; if you had a bun for the day make sure you release your hair from the bun when it’s night time
  • Put gel on your edges to make your hair look sleek (optional)
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My braids now! Can be taken out any minute from now

Stay Blessed!!

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