I think my favourite protective style to-date has been my ombre, black to green/teal, box braids. I had never before played with colour in my hair, and I really loved it. Apparently strangers loved it too, because a surprising amount of people came up to compliment my mermaid hair. At first, I was actually caught off guard, because I hadn’t even been aiming for a mermaid look (but I was pretty pleased that I had unknowingly given off that vibe).
I ordered the braiding hair from AliExpress, and was overall satisfied with how fast it came (less than two weeks), and with the quality. I ordered ten packs just to be on the safe side, and only used seven. I probably would have gotten away with six, but my boyfriend sat on and tangled one of the bundles I had left on the couch…
The colour I chose was a perfect introduction colour for myself. Even though half of it was a greenish teal, it was still quite subtle. Depending on how I had the braids tied up, it would sometimes take people awhile to realize they weren’t a normal colour. My only regret is that I didn’t take more selfies with the style!
Okay… I guess I took a fair amount.
I had also timed putting my braids in at the same time that Xandria of @cocoqueiro_ had put in her three-tone purple/pink box braids. This was so that we could get together with Niel and take some fun artsy shoots like this one:
Here are some more fun shots from Instagram:
The last time I wore box braids, I had left them for a solid six weeks. I had travelled in them, and swam in them so much that my hair was dry and brittle by the end of it—resulting in a not-so-protective protective style. This time around, I kept the style in for about four weeks on the dot, and my hair was extremely happy with this. After taking them out, I was even able to rock a pretty solid, healthy looking braid-out for another week after.
So what should I try next? What colours have you used in your own protective styles?
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