This weekend I installed a set of mini braids in my hair. I did it because as I mentioned previously, I’ve begun working out again and I wanted a style that was relatively low maintenance, but would still allow me to have some options for styling variety.
A few months ago I installed some three strand mini twists. I wore them during my visit to Detroit and they held up really well. They did shrink up, but I really didn’t care. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the removal. Twists tend to give me more tangling than braids and I struggled a little trying to preserve hair during the removal process.
This time around I opted for braids to cut down on tangling and to maybe allow me to keep the style longer. I blew out my hair first and did a shaping cut. My hair desperately needed one. Hair grows at different rates on the head and it was becoming apparent just how uneven my hair was. After removing a few inches and freshening up my layers, I was ready to braid. I did not part each section with a comb. I grabbed small sections of hair and braided about 75% down. My braids are not tight. I did not want a lot of tension or stress on my fine strands. I also do not mind if the braids unravel as time progresses since it should make removal easier.
My plans for maintenance are:
• Cowash (more like refreshing than a cleaning) once a week
• Seal with DIY curl cream
• Moisturize as needed with water or aloe vera juice
• Sleep in satin bonnet
A suggestion was made to me that I wash in larger braids or ponytails to minimize frizz. I will try that.
I’ll post updates on my progress. The transitioner’s series is still happening but it’s been postponed. I will let you know when it will be ready!