Protective Styles!!! β€πŸŽ‰πŸ€—

Hello to all of my beautiful hair gurus in the making,

Today I want to render some golden nuggets on dealing with protective styles, specifically ones that concern added hair or weave. On the weekend of spring break, I decided I was going to get my hair done in Box Braids. I was extremely reluctant to get my hair done that way at first because sometimes people are terrible people and like to judge professionalism on hair and not competency, but that’s another discussion for another time. (#CLAPBACKONHOLD!!!) That being said, I decided to finally do something for Micailah for once, and I am absolutely loving it. Sidenote: My weakness is that I care a lot about others, even when that care and love isn’t reciprocated. However, this time, I wasn’t going to allow my desire to please others and to keep everyone around me comfortable, to be at my own expense. #NOTTODAYSATAN!!! Hahaha! In other words, sometimes self love, and self care, need to take a front row seat, and for me, it began with getting Box Braids, Boo! πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ˜„
(That alliteration is pretty cool, don’t you think? HAHA!) So, without further adieu, let’s get down to it!

 

Some things I wish I had known:

For starters, let me just say that I had not had added hair in my head since I was in the 2nd grade because my father thought they were too “womanish.” BAHAHA! Β Sooo, getting back into the swing of things was, well, rather adventurous. Initially, I wish I would have been aware of how long it would take to get my hairstyle completed. I decided to get my hair done over spring break because while I would still have academic obligations over the break, they were definitely less demanding as we were on “break,” so I thought I had time. Boy, did I miscalculate. It took about 8-9 hours total for this style to be complete, and that figure does not account for eating lunch and dinner, taking breaks, or any other external forces. That being said, it was probably due to the meticulous and perfectionist nature of my hairstylist, and I’m perfectly content with that being the case as my hair is so beautiful, if I do say so myself. Hehe! Next, I wish I would have been mentally and physically prepared to have my head weighed down by all of this hair. It is A LOT of hair, let me tell you. However, as far as that goes, it does get better as the tension does ease up and by about my fourth week of having my Box Braids in, my head stopped hurting and things became significantly better for me. LOL! Finally, I JUST WISH SOMEBODY WOULDA TOLD YAH GURL ABOUT DANDRUFF!! Lord, I was freaking out when the front of my head started flaking up! I called my sister and messaged my hairstylist. I seriously thought I was having an allergic reaction to this hair, which in hindsight, actually makes absolutely NO SENSE AT ALL! LIKE NONE!Β HAHAHAH! But Lord did I think this was a grave travesty! Tip Alert: I was advised to utilize Vaseline (or something kin to it, Carmex chap-stick works just as well) on the parts where the dandruff had surfaced, and things went back to normal. It’s A simple house-keeping/ hair-keeping rule that I didn’t know about and have since corrected. So, apply Vaseline to your roots at night, and you should be able to maintain!

 

What I love so far:

I will hit my one month mark next week and my hair still looks very fresh, and I am super appreciative of that because I know some people who have to take their hair down in one months time because of improper care. Luckily, I have been fortunate to engage in a hair care routine that has allowed my hair to stay looking cute and not get terribly frizzy or unkempt in any way. The first thing that you want to watch out for is your edges. You do not want to snatch your edges too early on. High pony-tails, high buns, half pony-tails are a huge no-no during the first couple of days of having the style because it puts too much pressure on your tiny little hair follicles and can (AND WILL) break them off. And not having edges is not cute! You want your hair to look bouncy and neglecting to take care of your edges will have the opposite effect. Secondly, make sure you oil your scalp and the braids as well. I use Moroccan Argan Penetrating Oil as it keeps my hair shiny and silky. Also, yes, the added hair won’t grow in length, but it is still hair and it can get frizzy, especially your ends, so oil, please! Lastly, make sure to wrap your hair at night. If you don’t wrap your hair, you are setting your self up for a rude awakening!! (HA, see what I did there? Because, you’ll be WAAAKING UP… NO? ok, never mind then! Bahaha!) Personally, I use two scarves: one silk scarf to wrap my edges, and then one inch and a half cloth that try all of my hair up in. I put my hair in a mini bun so all of my hair can fit into the head wrap.

 

Here are some pictures of the different hairstyles that I’ve been wearing lately:

Me performing a prose on spousal caregivers at the Texas State Speech AFA Showcase before the team left for Nationals.
Credit: Team Member Tyler Cole
Taken in between AFA Speech rounds by a dear friend of mine in Peoria, Illinois. Thanks for making my goofy nature so photogenic.
Credit: Mernine Ameris

 

Me channeling my inner Carrie Fisher in my bathroom.
Credit: Micailah Nobles
Here’s me rocking my half bun and taking pictures by Old Main and the Chemistry building.
Credit: Micailah Nobles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THAT’S ALL I HAVE FOR THIS EVENING, ROYALTY! SWEET DREAMS, BUT DON’T FORGET YOUR HEAD WRAPS!Β β€πŸŽ‰πŸ€—

-Queen Nobles ❀

 

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