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No Box Braids Extensions for Me

So, yeah.

Hair is closer to waist length than I thought.  My thumb on the right is where my natural waist is.  Should be fully WL by year end.

Hair is closer to waist length than I thought. My thumb on the right is where my natural waist is. Should be fully WL by year end.

Box braids with extensions did not happen.  As much as I really, really wanted them, I simply could NOT bring myself to fork over the insulting price that I was quoted to get them done.  I get it.  I have a lot of hair, and – to my surprise – it is much closer to getting back to waist length than I realized – but c’mon son (a little piece of NYC that came with me to ATL)…more than double what other people are paying?  A naturalista’s version of the buyer’s dilemma…

I was thoroughly disappointed.  But I quickly realized that my hair on its own could rock box braids.  I previously did them on a regular basis when I was pregnant with kiddo #1.  Not sure why I fell off…they led to a lot of length retention.  In addition, its a protective style without the added tension that comes from adding hair.

These are just pulled back and secured with a bobby pin.

These are just pulled back and secured with a bobby pin.

And so, they are back.  Box braids without extensions.  I started with freshly washed and detangled hair.  I spritzed each section with water, then coated strands with Oyin Handmade Honey Dew, and finally sealed with shea butter before braiding.  To preserve, I have been spritzing my hair lightly with plain water, shea butter over the roots, and tying down with a silk scarf at night.  This has kept the frizzes at bey.  I have also made sure to spritz and seal my ends every other night.

Chunky, medium-sized braids.

Chunky, medium-sized braids.

I decided to create my own little protective-style-self-challenge.  In a perfect world I would love to keep these in for about 6 weeks, but realistically speaking, I want to start with keeping in the same set of braids for stretches of 3 weeks, separated by 1 week of rest and deep conditioning.  August 2nd marks the end of a 3 week period.  I might have to make some adjustments as I start a new rotation on August 4th, but for now, I’ll just keep spritzing and sealing.

Anyone rock box braids with their own hair on a regular basis?  How long do you keep them in?  What’s your regimen?

 

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Getting Back to Protective Styles

Soooo, I’m really contemplating getting some box braids.  Not because it’s the latest trend (especially since most of us long term naturals have been there & done that and are on round 2 of the “trends”), but because I really need to get back to protective styling.  My hair grew and retained the most length when I was dedicated to protecting my ends.  I was past waist length at the end of 2013, an over-the-hill trip to waist length, and I had a stylist beg me to even out my hair, even though I said, “Don’t even out my hair, I don’t care about that.”  Nevertheless, I punked out (to put it nicely) and now I’m hovering between MBL and WL.  Remember, always trust your gut and stick to your guns, especially when it comes to natural hair.

At the moment, I am rocking a 4-day-old twist out, and I’ve been sleeping with a bonnet at night so my ends don’t lose moisture.  But I need something else.  Something different.  Anybody have any suggestions before I go and haggle on pricing for some braids?  I am completely open-minded…sometimes :-/

Shrinkage will always be realCurly on my right.Curly on my left.Length