Lockdown Led Me To Attempting Box Braids

For the most part lockdown to put it simply, has been trash! However, it has hopefully given us all more time to try out new things such as recipes, make-up, becoming plant parents etc. With all this free time, I thought it was a great opportunity for me to play around with my curls.

Around May last year, I plucked up the courage and decided to do my own box braids. I’m really happy with the results as I was a complete beginner!

The Pros

It’s Cheaper

Doing my own box braids has made me realise how expensive hair salons can be. All I needed in order to do it myself was edge control and braiding hair and I found both items were fairly affordable!

Now I know how to braid I won’t be going to a salon any time soon.

You’re Your Own Boss

The great thing about doing your own braids is that you decide when you want to do them. Gone are the days where I had to negotiate with the hairdresser for a convenient slot on a particular date/time. Now I’m surrounded by my home comforts meaning I can take breaks, stop for snacks, watch TV in the background. I mean I can sit in jim jams!

Your Hair is Safer in Your Hands

To put this bluntly, there is always a risk that comes with going to the hair salon as someone else is handling your hair which can effect the outcome depending on skill, level of care taken etc. In my experience, all the hairdressers I encountered were really talented at braiding, however I found they lacked knowledge about natural hair. I often found that my braids were always too tight and left me with headaches after I visited them. Doing my own box braids meant I could cater the tightness to my own personal liking which meant my hair and scalp was left with minimal damage once during installation and removal of the braids.

Boosts Your Self-Esteem

That thrill of being able to do something that seemed impossible really boosted my self-confidence. Doing my own box braids made me appreciate how versatile my hair is, which is something that isn’t acknowledged with my hair type. Box braids are a beautiful hairstyle and I really loved the fact that I felt more connected to African culture (especially as I’m Nigerian!)

The Cons

It’s Time Consuming

Make sure you have a clear afternoon! Although, this hairstyle didn’t take me the whole day, it was enough for me to realise I won’t be doing small box braids. Thick braids are more than enough for me.

It’s High Maintenance

I’ve come to realise that if you want your braids to look good then you have to be careful with how you handle them, especially at night. Personally, I hate having to be super high maintenance with hair as I don’t have to do that with my natural hair – its super easy to manage and still looks amazing!

Installing box braids by myself definitely a fulfilling experience. The products were easy to get hold of and I really loved the results. So will I do this again? YES!

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Apart from being the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Dark Hues Magazine. Chizoba Itabor is a content creator who runs her own self-titled lifestyle blog. Be sure to check out this cool girl on Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and her own blog

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