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!!

Why I stopped spritzing water on my hair during braids

So I’ve realised how doing this method by spritzing water on my hair while having braids could dry and damage my hair at the same time. I only started trying this method on the braids I installed twice before and I didn’t think much of it until I noticed pretty much dryness on my hair.
Again, the reason for spraying your natural hair with water is so that you can have moisture and then after applying oil or cream to lock in that moisture. With braids I found it different because even if you can spray water and apply oil or cream, it is much difficult to lock all the moisture with oil and cream on all strands of the hair.

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At first I would spray water only without locking the moisture in and I found my hair to be very dry and dull. Then I started using oil after spraying my braids and hair with water, but I found it very challenging to put it on every braid of the hair because not all of the oil can go through as the braids are connected tightly into the hair.
For this reason, I stopped doing this completely when I have braids installed because I hated the fact that my hair was very dry while my braids were installed and I had that uncomfortable feeling and I felt like maybe this was damaging my hair as well.
Right now I have twists installed and I opted for a braiding spray instead of water and oil. My hair feels a lot better now and it doesn’t feel as dry as it used to be while on braids. I use the Sta-Sof-Fro braid spray, and it is not only for spraying the braids and hair but also onto the scalp so it can be massaged so both my hair and scalp are hydrated, and the braids are kept shining as well!

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