When BGLH reposted the series of pictures depicting women with different colored box braids, I kind of went into this fairy-unicorn sparkly tailspin. I’ve never had box braids before, and certainly didn’t know that you could buy braid hair in such fun colors. And even more, I’ve always wanted to color my full head with a fun color, but was worried about maintenance and the health of my hair. It seemed like colored box braids were exactly what I needed — temporary and no damage (as long as I cared for my hair properly while in the braids) — perfect!
I purchased my colors (purple, pink, and teal) from Doctored Locks and after that, there was no turning back. When I revealed my new hair initiative to my viewers, people mostly agreed that they would be cute, but there were questions and declarations surrounding Corporate America.
“I wish I didn’t work in corporate, I’d definitely do that!”
“Wow, you must have a really laid back office.”
Well, no…I actually work in a very traditional corporate office — we even have a dress code rule for heel height, but surprisingly, nothing about hair. When people reacted in this manner, I felt a little self conscious about getting my dream braids, but wanted to do something for myself. Not only self conscious about work, but overall — was this going too far? Would it look tacky? Gosh, I hope my hair doesn’t fall out. From hair care to public perception, I constantly pondered what would happen when my “install” day came, but was still excited. The process ended up taking eight hours and about eleven packs of hair. It didn’t hurt at all (luckily I’m not tender headed) and the braids sealed easily with boiling water. When I first looked in the mirror after my stylist finished, I thought, “I look like a My Little Pony!” which to me is a total positive.
The second thing I thought was, “Wow, these are so heavy!” I was looking forward to rocking a huge bun on top of my head with my braids, but that never happened. They were so heavy and thick that no amount of bobby pins were going to keep the hair up and it felt like I was balancing a pile of books on my head. I was unable to fit a ponytail holder around the hair even once, and even if I did a half up-half down style, I had to use thin strap headband. All of the styles I wanted to do with my MLP hair just didn’t work, but I didn’t mind that much because I thought they looked cute completely down or tied in the back with two braid pieces. The worst part was doing yoga with them. When my hair swung around, it really messed up my balance and it was difficult to concentrate on my practice while adjusting them. That was the only real bummer, especially because I’m in the process of a 90-day challenge, so taking a yoga break really wasn’t an option. The maintenance wasn’t hard at all, I just sprayed them with a leave-in daily and moisturized my hair every few days, and washed them once a week. In terms of reactions from people, they were mainly positive. I was already absolutely in love with my hair, but was surprised that all different kinds of people complimented them from little kids to teenagers to the elderly. Even at work the response was pretty positive, at least to my face, haha.
I ended up only keeping my braids in for a little over two weeks due to the difficulty I had working out, which made me really sad, but I’m so glad I tried the style and would definitely get another color again after my yoga challenge. Or maybe I’ll get marley twists next; some people told me they are lighter and easier to work with. I want grey ones. Overall, I thought the style was super fun and I felt like I actually got dressed for the day even when I was wearing pjs at the grocery store. For more information on my experience and how I took my braids down, check out my video:
Would you try multicolored box braids?