About a week ago, I installed bob braids by myself, as usual. Not because it's currently trendy, but as a result of the fact that my hair was due for a protective style and I wanted something quick. So, I deliberated between faux locs, yarn twists and bob braids and the time required for installation. Naturally, bob braids was tops.
As usual, I prepped my hair by deep conditioning with Queen Helene Cholesterol Conditioning Cream and moisturized with my LOC method of African Naturalistas Leave-in, shea butter and coconut oil. After which, I sectioned my hair according to the braid pattern. The other day, I talked about the length of the back of my hair longer than the front. I had already decided on shoulder length bob braids but I didn't want to take any chances so I cornrowed 1/4 of my hair. This ended up being a wise decision.
Anyways, after a couple of days, I braided my hair. I bought one big pack of extensions because
2) I didn't want to waste time braiding the whole hair before cutting it.
So, I just divided the extensions into four and started braiding. It was quite fast and I was done with 3/4 of my hair in about 4-5 hours. After each braid, I tied the ends with rubber bands until I was ready to burn them.
This was when it proved a tad difficult. I realised that I couldn't conveniently burn the ends especially the back because it was short. I needed to get someone to help with my chin length braids. Anyhow, I called my neighbor - friend to help and she did. In a couple of hours in the midst of chatter and banter, we were done.
Although, it didn't turn out the way I want length-wise, I've been enjoying it. I could always do another one. One thing I noticed was that in order to get that length that I wanted I might need to fully braid my hair. So, next time I might just install box braids, rock it for a couple of weeks and cut it afterwards.
What protective style are you currently rocking?
Love, kinks and knots.
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Thursday, 13 August 2015
DIY Bob Box Braids