Hey there !
I often forget to share the protective styles I rock . However , I think it would be beneficial to document how my hair responds to them in a detailed fashion .
As you may already know, protective styles are a great way to reduce manipulation and maximize length retention . This is provided that your hair is prepped beforehand and that the style is installed and maintained correctly.
It’s been around 3 years since I rocked box braids . I installed this particular design because it is reminiscent of my childhood. There was a time in primary school when rocking box braids with some cornrows on one side ( usually my left) was my favorite hairstyle!
I got some Pinterest inspo for reference and went to Urban Hair Studio Salon, Nairobi .My hair was thoroughly detangled then washed and deep conditioned. Thereafter , James ( my hair stylist of over 7 years) lightly blew out my hair in preparation for the braids .
Alice did my braids in 2 hours .
I used 3 packs of Abuja braids in colour 1/33. She was extremely gentle and they turned out nice and neat.Pictured is my hair 3 weeks later.
I have a go-to protective style care routine which is what I have been doing.
Recently, my scalp has been particularly dry and flaky so I am testing out the Saru Organics scalp & hairfluence growth stimulant oil to see if it’ll help out . I will share a thorough review after consistent use for at least one month .
Previously, I rarely oiled my scalp but in the spirit of listening to my hair and experimenting , I’ll give it a shot .
My night time routine is simple: I sleep with a satin scarf tied down at the roots of the braids to minimize fly-aways.
Protective Style Review
- Box braids are very light.
- Short time to install.
- Easy to maintain.
- Gentle on the hairline.
- They don’t last very long . I like to keep my styles with extensions in for at least 6 weeks but box braids will give me 4 weeks of neat hair . I also loath when my hair sticks out of the braids along their length !
- This particular look doesn’t have much versatility in terms of styling .
I probably wouldn’t reinstall this style or Abuja box braids in general .I prefer ‘Nyasuba locs’ which I have done before because they knock out the cons in this list .
Overall style Rating : 3 out of 5
I know box braids are a staple style for many . Do you love box braids ? How has your experience been with them in the past ? Let me know in the comment section down below.
I plan to keep the style for another week then Fluffy will be back in all her glory !
Thanks for stopping by ! Feel free to check out my protective style series for more tips !
“Always remember that your hair is your crown and your body is a temple; embrace it , love it and take care of it .”
God bless you all !