Protective Styling

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My Experience With Box Braids

I’m taking my box braids out next week! And as I make plans for my real hair, I can’t help but reflect on my experience with box braids as a long term protective style.  When I take them out, they will have been in for 6 weeks! And that is definitely the longest protective style I’ve done since starting

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Box Braids: I Did Them Myself!

I’ve always talked about long term protective styles, but I haven’t actually done one since starting my hair journey.  A major element to my personal journey is that I do my hair myself.  Taking control of my hair, learning to be self sufficient, and doing things on my own terms is what makes this exciting for

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I Switched My (Protective) Style Up

One thing about me and my hair journey is that I am pretty consistent with what I do.  And one of my main constants is protective styling with a bun.  Before this summer, I was sure that I would be a bun wearer for life.  But things changed abruptly after experimenting with a new protective style.

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I’ve been going back and forth in my mind for years (literally) about the idea of using a wig to protectively style.  But because of the high price tags that come with the ones that look natural, I’ve only browsed a few internet sites and imagined if I could be bold enough to rock a

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Protective Styling Pictorials, For The Win

Protective Styling is pretty much in everyone’s top 3 things that helps you to retain length.  And while we all are familiar with the standard: braids, weaves, wigs and buns.  If you are anything like me that’s about as far as your mind goes when it comes to choosing a protective style.  Well, I came

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How to Be A Successful 'Serial Bunner'

Protective Styling has been a crucial component to my growth length retention rate.  And with the ease, cost effectiveness and low commitment of buns, they are a favorite for healthy hair journeyers, like myself.  Of course you can incorporate braids, wigs, weaves and other methods as a protectively style on your hair journey, but my personal

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My Favorite Tool For Volumizing My Buns

The day that I started researching healthy hair care, I knew that my protective style of choice would be a bun (cheap and simple).  But when I started my hair journey, my hair was grazing shoulder length and I needed a way to app up the volume of my buns.  I was perusing the aisles

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DQ'd: Protective Styling Challenge (Final Update)

The Protective Styling Challenge ends on April 15th, but I already know that I’m no longer contending for a prize.  I’ve broken one of the rules several times over.  I’m not sure what happened but I completely missed the “only one heat pass” rule.  I’ve been rollersetting all through the challenge (oops!) and for the

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Regimen Building: Protect Your Hair

Why Protect?  The hair products that we use can only do so much to keep our hair on our head and looking healthy.  It is important that we take steps to protect our hair from unnecessary breakage.  Limiting manual breakage helps with retention, which expedites the results we see from growth.  It also ensure that