Before I decided to do the big chop, I transitioned for 11 months. One night during the Christmas holidays I decided to cut off all my relaxed ends because I was tired of dealing with two different textures of hair. I look like a boy with short hair so I decided I want to do box braids as a protective style. If you don’t know what a protective style is it’s any hairstyle which helps to protect your hair from breakage and helps to keep your hair moisturized.
One thing to note is that just because you have a protective style does not mean you don’t have to take care of your hair underneath which is something I am trying to improve on. I thought washing box braids would be hard but it’s really simple. I have put my braid washing process into 8 simple steps.
Things you’ll need:
1) Spray bottle
3) 2 large hair bands (depending on the size of you braids)
5) Coconut Oil (oil of your own choice)
6) Hair cream
Step 1: fill a fifth of your spray bottle with shampoo and then fill the rest with water. Shake the bottle until the shampoo turns really foamy.
Step 2: Part your hair into sections and tie the sections up.
Step 3: Starting with the first row in the first section you parted, you are going to spray your shampoo directly onto your scalp until you feel there is enough for it to lather. Then gently massage it into your scalp. Use your finger tips to massage it into your scalp and not your nails to avoid frizzing your braids.
Step 4: Repeat that for each row until you finished the first section and repeat for the other sections.
Step 5): Wash out all the shampoo and repeat but this time if you want to shorten the process put the shampoo in your hands and work it through your hair then wash it out.
Step 6: Twist different sections of your hair repeatedly to remove the excess water and then tie your hair up with a towel.
Step 7: You can either allow your hair to air dry or you can use your blow drier. Personally, I would use a blow drier because it is faster. I do not have time to wait for my hair to air dry.
Step 8: Apply your chosen hair cream and oil to your scalp and blow dry to ensure it has been worked into your hair properly.