Beads, Braids and Beyond. Doing protective styles isn't really new to us, but it is a fun challenge that they have put out there. Part of the challenge states that you may not use beads or rubber bands or things of that nature in your style. I am happy to say that I follow this philosophy myself. I like to switch back and forth between decorated styles and unadorned ones to give the hair a break.
My thought process for this style was that box braids might be the PERFECT summer style! Steph directed you to this summer time post the other day and I am doing it again so that you can see what I am talking about. Box braids can easily be worn under a bike helmet, a swim cap, whatever! I can treat them like B's locs by putting in pigtails and ponytails and even french braids or other creative styles. V is so excited about this style because she really likes to wear headbands and most of her styles don't allow for that!
|Love those little curly ends!|
After a week of this style I am happy to say her braids are still looking FABULOUS, almost like I just put them in! I think we will leave them in for about 4 weeks. Then after I do something different for a few weeks, I think I will put them in again!!! That is how excited I am about using this as a summer style.
I actually did a similar style last summer if you recall but I used twists and a few cornrows. I didn't want any cornrows this time and I decided to go with braids because even though they take slightly longer to put in and take out, they have better longevity. Besides, I have Miss B to help me take out braids now so that cuts down on time considerably!
We were out of town this weekend and we stayed in a hotel with a pool. I decided to be the best-mom-ever and let the girls go WITHOUT swim caps! I had them soak their hair in the shower before getting in the chlorine and then of course we rinsed like crazy when they got out. I can see how much the girls love the freedom of swimming sans caps and that makes me smile! As I have said before, we don't swim that often, so I don't have a firm position on how important I feel the caps are for my girls. I don't think I would want them swimming in chlorine daily without caps. But, it just depends on if what you are doing is working and you don't notice damage, then go with it!
|Look at those braids fly!|
|Locs fly too!|