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Protective Style Update: Crochet Box Braids

Transitioning Files… I find that protective styling is helping out a lot in giving myself a break from two textures. Not that its hard its still quite okay but styling my hair and keeping it at bay can be quiet tedious. So not having to fret about that is always welcome in my books. So the hairpiece on my  Hair review Xpression vs Darling Post  is what I used for this protective style and it was my first time trying them out. There is so much I want to tell you of the day I installed.

So Firstly I must admit that I under estimated the whole process. I watched a few video’s and felt very confident but sheesh it was a very peculiar process. First thing you need to do is to pre-braid your braids. This took quiet a while to do but if you have your favourite TV show on and you are quite comfy it is bearable.

What you need for pre braiding

  • A chair
  • Scissors
  • Wool/ yarn string
  • your hair piece

Check out my video on the Tube to see how I pre-braided.

Secondly you need to cornrow or flat twist your hair. I realized that in this step you need alot of cornrows in order to get the perfect results. I used my normal pattern and number of rows  you can check it out in this post and it didn’t come out how I desired it to so the logical explanation would be more rows, more braids


I had a total of 79 braids which seemed like a lot but unfortunately wasn’t. I used up two packs (which is what I normally use when I get normal braids done.) but for this method, one or two more packs would do.


Now this part was a breeze! It took me a total of 2 hours and this includes me undoing  the back part, changing the braiding pattern and re installing.


I am not happy with my results but they are not bad either so I will keep them for about 3 to 4 weeks washing every fortnight. This was a teaching moment for me and I have noted what to do to get better results next time.


See ya later

Lebo Kuty

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  • Reply Lungi

    We live and we learn friend, and these lessons you learnt here will help us as well when doing this hairstyle. Thanks for sharing!

    August 15, 2016 at 10:00 am
    • Reply Lebok

      That is sooo true! Thank you friend

      August 15, 2016 at 11:18 am

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