Are you debating on doing box-braids at home but are worried about how it will go? I foraged ahead this week and tried the style out for myself. I decided to write about how the process went for me to help you all out!
I’ll start from the very beginning. Last week, I took a hard look at my hair and decided I needed to clip the ends more aggressively. So I enlisted the help of my boyfriend (a real test of our relationship) and had him cut about an inch of my relaxed ends off. It felt great and my boyfriend had a lot of fun – maybe too much fun!
After getting my hair a lot closer to my totally natural, totally healthy goal, I really wanted to do more to protect the hair growing in. For an entire year, I resisted long-term protective styles and really put an emphasis on working with and getting used to my natural hair’s texture. I have grown to love my hair as a result, but looking at the state of my ends convinced me that my hair needed a break. My boyfriend suggested braids.
I was debating on whether I wanted to go to a salon to get the style done or try my hand at doing it at home. I stumbled on Naptural85’s tutorial (see it here) that explained how to do box braids using rubber bands. There are a lot of other Youtubers and Instagrammers that seem to be doing it this way and they all say that it is pretty easy and does not take a long time. So I decided to try it out.
Prepping My hair: I started by doing a hot oil treatment. Then I shampooed and deep conditioned my hair. Then I moisturized my hair using the LOC method and started putting my hair into little sections using small, white rubber bands. Naptural85 stressed using these rubber bands instead of the black ones because the white ones are less likely to break off your hair. They break very easily, which I learned quickly after pulling one too far apart!
How long did it take: It took about 2 hours just for me to get all my parting to my liking and to get all the rubber bands in. Yes, you read that correctly. TWO HOURS JUST TO PUT MY HAIR IN RUBBER BANDS. But I did smaller sections than Naptural85 seemed to use. All in all, I had 51 sections. I may have went just a little overboard. So you can probably guess right about now that putting in the braids was not a quick process. It was not hard at all, but it was time-intensive. Putting in the braids took me about five hours. My back and arms were screaming by the end! I ended up using 3 and 1/2 packs of braiding hair (each pack cut in half).
Final Results: I think the style came out pretty cute. I have had some trouble with a few of the ends unraveling even though I used hot water. However, I think that has to do with the braiding hair I used. What do you think???
Maintenance: So far, maintenance has been extremely easy. I just spray my roots with some water and oil and put on my scarf at night. The white rubber bands have been very gentle in my hair. My head doesn’t hurt at all. The only downside is that the white rubber brands have been breaking in my hair so I have to pull them out to keep the style looking neat.
Would I do this again: I definitely would do this style again, but I will do much bigger sections next time so that it won’t take as long. I probably will also wash and condition the night before to break the process up a little bit more.
I hope this is helpful to you! When I take the braids down, I will do a final review on the style and the take down process. If you would like to know something specific, just let me know in the comments.
Thank you for reading! **