Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Hair Diary || Caring For My Braid Extensions

I self-installed box braid extensions to be worn for the first two months of the 1in3 challenge.  It took 5 packs of hair and about 9 hours for the install.  Prior to braiding, I washed, conditioned, moisturized, and air dried my hair as usual.  During these two months, my box braid care routine will be: 

-Weekly: Spritz hair with a mixture of water, glycerin, grapeseed oil, and grapefruit essential oil.
-Weekly: Spritz scalp with tea tree essential mixed with water (to keep scalp fresh).
-Every two to three weeks: Prepoo with coconut oil, Wash with diluted shampoo, Condition with diluted Suave, and seal with my shea mixture.

Depending on how well I maintain the braids, I might wear it for longer (i.e., three months).  We will see.  Other than the basic routine above, I will continue to sleep with a satin bonnet to protect my hair and keep the braids from frizzing.  I also plan to plait my braids prior to washing in order to keep the frizzies to a minimum.

Here are some sites to check out for braid or braid extension care:
Box braids only: http://minibraidmethod.com/
Braid extensions: http://www.growafrohairlong.com/braidreg.html

Here are two youtube videos with amazing braid extensions styles that I plan to try:

And here are a few more photos of my self-install, the packs of hair that I used, and the final look ...
100% Kanekalon.  Color: 4.  Each pack was about $2.
Braiding my hair.
Finito.  The braids are about hip-length / tailbone-length.


LaNeshe said...

I've been wearing my own hair in mini twists, but I think I've decided to install some yarn twists for the remainder of the challenge!

Loo said...

Yarn twists are beautiful! Keep us posted on how it goes. :o)

BellaNubian said...

I want to do a PS challenge for 3 months and was thinking of doing box braids but my hair is fine and my hairline is very fragile..can I still wear them? Love your blog :)

Loo said...

Thank you, BellaNubian!

I wouldn't recommend box braids for a fragile, fine (but especially, fragile) hairline. However, if you want to see if they might work for you, I highly suggest re-doing the hairline bi-weekly. I also suggest using less extension hair along the hairline. This way, there is less tension and weight on the edges. My hairline is not the best, but I did them anyway, because I knew that even if my edges suffered a bit, they would grow back quickly. Definitely weigh the above suggestions. I hope this helps! :o)

Loo said...

Oh, and lastly, if you do them, try leaving some of your hairline out. There is no need to braid every single strand along the hairline. :o)