Protective Styling Journey
Transition: The fall of 2013 I began my freshman year of undergrad and decided I no longer wanted to relax my hair. So, I got box braids, the last time I had box braids was in elementary school. Box braids gave me the freedom to not worry about my hair, and get up and go for class. Also, this was the perfect style for me to transition my relaxed hair until I was ready for the big chop. However, like I said this was my first time having box braids in years, and I quickly learned just because my hair is braided doesn't mean I need to neglect it. During this time I was using the methods my mom used on me growing up which was to grease my scalp and go. Thus, leading to lots of build up and an itchy scalp.
Knowledge: During winter break I began watching Youtube videos on how to care for my hair while in a protective style. Which was extremely important to me as I get dandruff easily, so I not only invested in a spray bottle. I quickly learned methods on how to wash my hair while in a protective style without making it frizzy.
The switch-up: Second-semester approaches and I decide to try Senegalese twist. I really liked the style and also, knew it would be faster to take out. Though it looked great, I wish I went with a smaller sizer as the braids weighed my head down. Yet, that's the beauty of a hair journey; trial and error.
Fast-forward: I complete my first year of undergrad, and I big chop to start the summer. I wear my fro out all summer, and then school starts again, and I'm back in box braids. From 2014- 2015 I would wear box braids, and it wasn't until 2016 that I was ready for a change. So, I decided to try a wig. And since I tried my first wig that has been my go-to protective style up until this day.
2016-2019: I wear my natural hair 95% of the time and pop on a wig if I'm bored and don't want to be bothered. But, as of recent I've been loving the micro box braid look and may give that a try soon.
Protective styling is fun, it gives us the freedom to switch up our looks while keeping our natural hair healthy. What are your go-to protective styles? Comment below.