Sunday, July 12

All About: Box Braids

Near the end of May, I decided to get a protective style installed. I had been thinking about it for months, so, why not get it done during the summer?  My style of choice was medium sized box braids.

I don't remember how much it cost for me, but I know it wasn't more than $150. It took about 6 hours, breaks included, and the hair that was used was Xpression Premium Ultra Braid hair in the color 1B.

Because they were so long and heavy, I didn't want to risk them pulling at my edges, so I mainly had them in 3 styles while I had them. All up in a bun, half up/half down and all up.

About a month in, I got the first 3 rows of my hair redone to avoid unnecessary tugging and pulling on my edges, and this was a $35 touch up.

Protective style

Because I'm supposed to be going to the shop at the time I'm writing this, I'm not sure how much length I retained, which I don't believe will be much, even with the biotin I've been taking while my hair was in this style. I would take a before and after photo, however, I'm going to be getting a trim, so the length probably won't be an accurate depiction.

shedding
This is the amount of shed hair that came out upon removal. About the size of an orange maybe? It's not an alarming rate for me because I expected it to be A LOT more, so I'm not complaining.


May Empties

Protein treatment, deep treatment, conditioner
ORS Olive Oil Replenishing Pak
ORS Olive Oil Hair Masque 
Herbal Essences Hello Hydration conditioner 

These products were used up right before I got my protective styling (box braids) in May. 

Saturday, July 11

July Hair Goals/Revised Aug. 7

Took a break from "monthly goals" because I had a protective style in for almost 2 full months. But, I'm back in full action this month.
  • Drink at least 1 liter of water daily -- I know I've been drinking water every day, but not sure if it's been a liter saying that I haven't gotten another liter water bottle yet.
  • 2 protein treatments (beginning of the month and end of the month) -- One immediately after taking out my box braids (before I got my color) and the other the first wash after my color
  • Biotin everyday -- Let's be honest.. I've been trying to finish up this bottle of biotin pills I've had for life before I started the HSN Gummies, but my chin officially looks horrible now and I'm pretty sure it's because I'm not drinking enough water. 
  • Trim if needed -- Trimmed when I got my color
  • New color -- I'm not exactly happy with my color. I'll have a different post about this coming up.
If you have any hair goals for the month, feel free to comment below :)