I am just trying to understand my hair, to learn what works and what doesn't, to experiment, make mistakes, and to embrace my hair in it's entirety..... because Roots Don't Lie

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Protective Styling: "Box Braids"

Hey Guys,

I decided to put my hair in box braids because got tired of dealing with my hair. I used 1 and a half pack of 'Expression Braiding Hair'. It took me about 15 hours to get them done, so I knew  wanted to keep them in for at least a month. I got a little tired by the time I got to the front so they are not as neat as I would like them to be. I decided i would re-do the front after about 2 week, but I got so busy I ended up leaving them the entire 5 weeks. I also thought I would wash my hair at least once during the month but I never got around to it..

To maintain my braids I moisturized with either my leave in conditioner mix, or just plan water and then I sealed with oil and allowed it to air dry.

Here are a few pictures of the various ways I wore my hair.

PS: Usually I don't keep in extensions or protective styles for long because they start to itch but for some reason (which I am yet to figure out), I was able to keep these braids in for about 5 weeks, and I experienced very little itching/ scalp irritation. I will have to look into this again to figure out exactly what I did so I can stick to it.



Bella Joya


  1. I was thinking of getting box braids for a protective style too!! UR VERY PRTTY!! Do you have to wash them at least 1 a month???

    1. Thanks Tricialuvsyou.. I planned on washing my hair at least once while i had my braids in but i never got around to doing it. My scalp did not itch so I think the moisturizing I did while i had them in. However everyone's scalp reacts differently and you may have to wash it while you have them in.