Saturday, June 23, 2012

Protective Style: Box Braids

Transitioning is NOT an easy process. I began to feel frustrated with my hair, because I did not know how to roller set and I was continuing to damage my hair with the flat iron. I didn't have enough time t learn how to roller set/ rod set my hair, and that added more stress to the whole process. I never stopped to consider the possible retreat back to getting a relaxer, but I knew that I had to do something to solve my problem. I looked up many transitioning styles, and came across box braids as one of the many possibilities for an easier transition. Solange Knowles was a BIG inspiration for wanting to get the braids, and a site on Tumblr called I Love Box Braids was a even bigger inspiration to wanting to put them in my hair. 

I searched the web for stylist around my area that knew how to braid; my first finding was a fail, but the second person that I contacted seemed more helpful and a lot more professional. On June 10th, after church, my mother drive me to her house (because her salon is in the basement of her house) and after a 30 minute wait, a woman working with her did my hair. It took almost 6 hours to do my hair. I specifically told them that I did want box braids, but I did not want them to be very big, because my hair is thin & I knew that they would look awkward on my head. At first I was skeptical, but after a couple of minutes of having them in my hair, I began to love my braids and now I do not know what I would do without them LOL! 

I did get stares from my classmates and wherever I went, but people that I am close with and family loved them and gave me compliments. Even the people that I work with complimented me on my braid (and they don't even like me that much) :) 

I will most likely get these braids after the 3 month stretch, because that is when I will need to take them out. I'll continue to get them until I feel comfortable with my natural hair and the length.

I WILL continue to post more on here, because I am out of college for the summer and I will have a little more time on my hands to get things done.

Whoever reads these, thanks for reading :) Please share! & I'll be writing on her ASAP.

My first day wearing my braids to class.

The last day of my freshman year in college. 

Just chilling around the house.


  1. Your hair is very pretty!
    It looks really good on you
    Now I wanna get box braids too!

    1. Thank you :)
      Box braids are awesome, you'd love them!