It’s officially freezing out, causing my exposed strands to become drier- faster, and I am determine to get through this winter retaining as much length as possible. In order to do this I’m attempting to keep my hair in protective style 90% of the time for the next 4 months.
I get totally bored after about three weeks, so I’m always on the hunt for something new. Ever since checking out this pic while hunting down new protective styles:
I have been DYING to try box braids and red lipstick.
Now granted, I’m no model- but I am cheap and resourceful- I felt confident I could recreate the above look for only a few bucks.
First thing I did was watch a few YouTube Tutorials to be sure I wasn’t getting into anything too crazy- this one was especially helpful- (though I didn’t plan on making my braids that big, or parts that small):
I got my supplies together:
- 7 packs of kanekalon hair ($1.99/each)
- seamless comb for parting
- hair clips and ties
Then set up on my couch for a Real Housewives Marathon/Braiding Session:
7 hours later, I was finished! I pulled the look up in a bun (the braids are LONG to my waist, and I don’t plan on wearing them down at all)- here’s the look!:
I love love LOVE the result! I don’t think I could be much happier! My hair is 100% protected, my moisturize/wash regimen is as simple as a spritz daily and weekly cowash, and the look is both professional and trendy!
I wore my bun and lipstick to the WalMart ‘Shop the Aisle Blogger Style’ Event in Baltimore, MD (great fun, great swag bag, and great ladies!)- and received rave reviews on the look-
This style instantly makes me look more polished, while eliminating the daily styling and manipulation that my fine strands just can’t handle this time of year.
After a day or two, I decided to try some funky updos in preparation for impending holiday parties and new years:
I like this one the best! It’s got a woven, basket, sort of feel- and keeps all my braids in check (Tutorial vid here).
After a week of wear, I decided to eliminate some of the extra weight of the braids, and burn the ends. I figure, since I’m only wearing the braids in buns and updos- no need for them to be the super long ‘Solange’ Bohemian length.
Best decision EVER. I have a slightly smaller, but MUCH lighter bun. It’s easier to change styles, and doesn’t put as much stress on my natural strands- which is what protective styling is all about!
This style is such a winner that its going to be ‘in the rotation’ all year. And so is red lipstick- it makes me feel fancy- Haha!:
Three weeks from now, I think I want to try a new spin on my beloved Crochet braids- using STRAIGHT hair!!
Curlfriends, what winter protective styles are in heavy rotation for you, right now?