Protective Styling: Crochet Braids

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Protective style time, ladies and gents!!

So, it’s fall/winter time and I’ve found myself constantly fiddling around with my hair. The reason being since the weather has cooled down significantly (Bye summer!! See you next year!) and that means my hair has started to struggle with maintaining its moisture levels. I had tried to combat it initially by deep conditioning 2x a week with a moisture dc, but it still wasn’t up to par and the more I was messing with my hair the more breakage I started to see.

Then I just decided to say ‘heck to it all’ and went to my go-to protective style: crochet braids. To achieve this style I had my hair cornrowed straight back. I ended up with about 10 to 11 braids. Then I added the Model Model Braiding Hair in Soft Water by using a crochet latch hook to insert the extensions onto the braids and tying them off. It took about 2 hours and 30 minutes altogether to finish this style. Then I just cut it to frame my face.

I love this style because it’s really low maintenance. All I really have to do is spray my hair with my homemade spritz and my hair stays supple and moisturized. Also, since the extensions are crocheted into the hair I still have easy access to my scalp so I can easily co-wash and oil my scalp whenever it feels dry. Super easy. Depending on how well I can take care of this I have had this style last me from 3-9 months if properly maintained. I don’t believe I’ll be keeping it in that long, but I’ll see how it goes this time around.

Love,

Eureka

6 Months Natural!!!!

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        April 6th – 3 months post bc                         July 13th – 6 months post bc

            Stretched mini twist out                                                Wash n Go

It’s officially been 6 months of me being natural on July 5th!! I’m pretty excited about it! My hair is thriving and I’ve gotten the hang of taking care of my hair and it’s really low maintenance. I’ve figured out that even though I get a lot of shrinkage my hair thrives off of wash n gos. I can make them last 4 days then when there’s no more definition I moisturize and seal them and put my hair into twists until my wash day. Easy peasy.

Hair Regimen

My regimen is fairly simple. It may be that since I have a twa (teeny weeny afro) that I don’t have to struggle with my natural hair, but my journey so far has been pretty smooth sailing.

Weekly

Co-Wash 2x
Oil Rinse 2x
Detangle 2x (only in the shower)
Deep Condition 1x
Oil Scalp 2-3x
Moisturize and Seal 1-2x

Monthly

Shampoo 1x (sulfate free)
Hot Oil Treatment 1x (I don’t do this every month. Only when I need a moisture boost)
Protein Treatment 1-2x depending on amount of breakage

Daily

Spray hair with water
Sleep with satin bonnet

*I do pre-poo, but only when I feel my hair needs it.

Big Chop Shock

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So, I BIG CHOPPED!!!

Initially this wasn’t part of my hair journey at all. The reason I went natural was for my sisters and brothers. My brothers didn’t even know that black women had curly, kinky, coily hair. They thought that our hair grew straight! I want to say I was shocked, but I can’t. The majority of the time my younger brothers have either seen me and my other sisters with braids or straight hair.

I’d been back and forth with natural and relaxed hair throughout my childhood, but that was before I knew much of anything about my hair at all. In late 2011 I decided to take care of my hair. My hair was at ear length and was constantly breaking and I decided to grow my relaxed hair healthly to the bra-strap length. My journey was going pretty smoothly except for a little setback with protein overload, but I got over that quickly as well. Then one day my siblings and I were watching a video with a light skinned girl who was wearing a wig. My sister said “why would she need a wig?” I asked her what she meant by that and she replied “she’s half white so shouldn’t her hair be long?” This right here saddened me to the core because though I learned a lot about black people and our hair I hadn’t shared that knowledge with them. So, I told them black people can grow our hair long. They all looked skeptical and even more so when I told them it could be grown long natural too.

On January 5, 2013 I decided to transition, but I got bored that same day and asked my fiance to cut all my hair off.

This is where my journey begins.