Protective Styles: “Box” Braids

Protective styles are important for healthy hair; they reduce breakage, damage and shield the hair from the sun and weather. Some examples of protective styles would be box braids, twists, cornrows, buns, etc., with no rubber bands or beads. Most everyone in the hair care blogosphere is probably aware of the month long protective style challenge hosted by Beads, Braids & Beyond that recently took place and I wanted to share our protective style(s) with everyone. We chose to do small box/triangle/diamond braids, they are easy and versatile. I worked on them off and on for 2 days, starting on clean, detangled, well moisturized hair. I used Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer all over, Bee Mine Curly Butter on each section before braiding, and Kinky-Curly Curling Custard on the ends as I finger curled them:

 

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The braids lasted over 2 weeks, that is the longest amount of time a style has ever lasted for us!!! I changed up the look of her braids several ways during these two weeks. First, we simply added a headband (from Ni’s Ebony Curls Spot):

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She participated in her school’s track meet, so I put her braids in 2 french braids to keep it out of her face:

styling box braids

Then we had a french braid out, adding another cute headband for some flare (this headband was purchased locally):

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After the first week, they were still looking great.  I washed her hair using a liquid castile hair wash from the Created by Nature line, her hair was still soaking wet in this photo:

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Two cornrows in the front and a sock bun for her dance recital:

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Here is another way we gave the style a different look, using only the cloth Goody ponytail holders, I put the top half up in two ponytails:

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I had to attempt a variation of my favorite styles, the faux hawk:

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They had been in for 2 weeks at this point, a little unraveling of the ends and fuzzy at the top, but not too bad:

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She sported them in a ponytail for a couple more days while she was at her grandmas (with lots of swimming and not much care) and then they were taken down (I’ll make a post on the takedown process). Throughout these 2 1/2 weeks, I washed her hair twice, and moisturized daily with Bee Mine Luscious, really focusing on the ends.

Ok, I would really like your feedback, which style from this post was your favorite? Also, how often do you do protective styles on your/your child’s hair?

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Comments

  1. Natica says:

    My favorites are the faux hawk and the bun :)…before this challenge I knew nothing of protective styling. It was mostly ponytails for us. But now my lil miss is cooperating so lil by lil I'm able try out the great styling ideas I see. I will def be doing more protective styling & she loves her hair in boxbraids!

  2. Nikki says:

    I loved the faux hawk style with the box braids. So cute!

  3. Nikki C. says:

    I loved the faux hawk style with the box braids. So cute!

  4. You are the switch up queen!!! love the different styles you came up with and the braids are looking great! HHHHH. I missed BBB's challenge, by a week but it's great to see so many participants this go'round. And dag'on it if I dont get Bee Mine after this post……

  5. Thanks, I loved the faux hawk too! Yes BBH, I'm in love with Bee Mine lol

  6. DsMommy says:

    Thanks, I loved the faux hawk too! Yes BBH, I'm in love with Bee Mine lol

  7. I think the bun might be my favorite, too, but they're all cute! I'm in the process of putting Little Miss' hair in micro braids, and we'll be keeping the braids in for several weeks, so it's good to get style inspiration. =)

  8. LYGBC says:

    I just love her curlee ends :) The box braids look so neat and like they will last a really long time :) LOVE D's luscious long hair!

  9. I just love her curlee ends :) The box braids look so neat and like they will last a really long time :) LOVE D's luscious long hair!

  10. Shay says:

    i like the bun and the faux hawk too. i've loved this protective challenge. A has had her mini braids in for the whole time and they are still looking good! this is the longest we've ever been able to keep a protective style.

  11. Thank you all and you're welcome Kimberly, can't wait to see Little Misses box braids!

  12. DsMommy says:

    Thank you all and you're welcome Kimberly, can't wait to see Little Misses box braids!

  13. Michelle G says:

    I like them all but if I had to chose I think the half up, half down is my favorite.

  14. Kandy says:

    i love your creativity! My favorite is the sock bun braids style!

  15. Heather says:

    My fave is the one with the yellow headband, but they're all cute!

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