Box Braids Revisited
Well, as you can see, mine didn’t quite turn out that way. From what I can tell, there’s a huge texture difference so my braids and my hair in general is NOT going to look like hers. She’s gotta be a 4A-ish texture. Mine on the other hand is a coarse-feeling/looking 4B. That obviously makes a difference in the way her hair behaves/looks and the way mine behaves/looks. So quite frankly, although I rocked them anyway, dispite the fact that I wasn’t 100% happy with them, I vowed I’d keep experimenting to find a way to wear box braids that complimented me and my texture.
Now the lesson that I had to relearn is that you have to be careful when you save someone else’s photo of a hair style that you’d like to eventually imitate. I can look at T’Keyah Crystal Kemah’s hair and plainly see that her texture is different from my own. That means my hair, my finished style mos def was NOT going to look like hers. In the back of my mind, I knew this, yet I was still disappointed. It’s one of the reasons that I focus primarily on looking at women whose hair most closely resembles my own. That way, if I find a style that I want to copy or modify, I have a pretty good idea of what my finished hair will look like and not get caught up in being disappointed because my hair can’t live up to the original inspiration.
Anyhoo, about a month ago, I decided to give box braids another try. As you look at my braids, you can see that they don’t like to lay flat and tend to curl up and not necessarily in a very flattering way. So what to do with these things? I also, had to consider that how my hair was parted would play a big role in how they looked on me as well. As a result, these two things would be my biggest challenge with my next set of braids.
As usual, the last time I took my hair all the way down for a marathon wash and detangle session, I soooo wasn’t in the mood for a new set of intricately styled twists. And truth be told, I’ve been wearing twists for four years as a staple style, and I’ve grown very tired of them. So that set the stage for my newest attempt at box braids. And this is what I initially came up with.
I’m not sure why, but this looks a lot better than the first try. It’s practically the same parting. The only thing I did do differently was to pull them back with a barrette and tie my head up at night. It gave it a sort of tapered look that I like a whole lot better. But still…I wasn’t feeling this 100 percent either.
So the next thing I did was to find a long skinny, jeweled barrette that I purchased at Walgreens a couple of years ago. I pulled the braids back with the barrette and pin curled the ends. I tied it down for the night and hoped for the best. And what I got the next morning, I really, really liked and ended up wearing my hair like that for the next week.
But was I satisfied….nooooo. This weekend, I decided to make that top row of braids in the back and the braids in the front/top/sides a bit smaller. I ended up with about 21 braids instead of the original 18. Did the same pin curl thing to all of my ends and tied it down. This morning, I kinda held my breath for the unveiling. Would I finally have a box braid look that I loved? Something I could rock for any occasion?
The answer…(taking of my scarf)…is…YES! I love it! So here it is. I think it’s sooooooo cute! I plan to wear these hopefully for another couple of weeks before I switch up the parting in order to prevent stress breakage along the parts. In the mean time, I’m going to moisturize and tie my hair down at night to fight off the frizzies and help the curled ends to lay flat. I’ll rinse as necessary. And that should be it. I think it’s a gorgeous protective style that I could wear for practically any occasion.
At last…I’m a happy, box braid camper! And practice makes perfect. LOL!