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I Tried It: Multi-Colored Box Braids

Avatar • Jun 25, 2015

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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.

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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?

 

 

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lenebean

1st off 11 packs of hair? Holy moley no wonder they were so heavy. Either way I’m currently rocking black box braids with a few pink braids and I was scared to walk into my office. But during a time when being carefree and being black period is being attacked I gave less f‑cks. I figured the worst that would happen is if there was a rule behind unnatural hair colors they could look it up, show it to me and I’ll take them down. I’ve seen my boss & my boss’s supervisor and even a couple of levels up… Read more »

Rea Fe Greenage
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Rea Fe Greenage

I love her braids, so many pastel colors. I love to see more pictures of women with many colors in their hair!

Me
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Me

I know it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I love the creativity of colorful hair. I’ve seen some very beautiful works of art/hair online that make me wish I were still in school so that I could try them. As beautiful as they are, I wouldn’t be able to get away with it at work (more because of office etiquette than race, in my opinion). Plus I already have a hard enough time being taken seriously because of how young my face looks. These would give the wrong first impression for me at this current stage of life. If… Read more »

Tabatha
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Tabatha

I wore colored braids in high school. I had a blast with it. If I was taken a long vacation I would do it again.

Lena
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Lena

IMO her braids are GORGEOUS but if I was her boss in corporate America I wouldve asked her to get rid of those. It is about image. If she is meeting with a client and they see those blue, pink and purple strands they may not think she is of the appropriate maturity to handle their stuff and may choose to go with someone else. I think if she wouldve done 1/8–1/4 of her hair with colors that wouldve looked bomb and fit in with corporate america. Now if she was an artist or in some relaxed line of work… Read more »

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missing college life

When I was in college I did purple, blue n black at the same time. I did pink once. But I wouldnt do several bright colors at the same time. I would do the color ones again but my work place doesnt allow unnatural colors

Elicia
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Elicia

As someone who’s had long braided hairstyles multiple times, here’s some tips for next time: 1. When your braids are long (i.e. past your bra strap or midback), you really don’t need rubberbands or hair ties for ponytails; you can tie up your hair with a few braids. As you gather your hair for a ponytail, leave a few strands out in the back. Once you have the rest of your hair in position, wrap those strands around the rest of your hair and tuck the ends in the pony so they don’t stick out. 2. When exercising, just put… Read more »

Elle Dennis
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Elle Dennis

Thank you! I didn’t do them, a friend did them for me. I did like tying them with pieces of hair and did a low pony for yoga but it still swung around, even if I braided them.

Kristen
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Kristen

OF COURSE I would try them! They’re bad@$$.

Jade-hunnie Hwang
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I just took down my pink Blu and neon green braids… nd there coming back with some more colors

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Sophie

I think it looks pretty cool. I’ve thought of adding a couple of colorful streaks in black yarn braids but I’ve never gotten around to it. I don’t think it’s unreasonable for people to question the formality of her work environment, though. Most “traditional” office environments don’t allow for unnatural hair colors so if they don’t have it in the dress code they either aren’t that conservative or they didn’t think of it when writing the rules.

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