Protective Style Series: The Braided Up-Do

It has been over four weeks since my last protective style. To coincide with that, a couple weeks ago I encountered the urge to change up my look once again. While making my rounds on one of my favourite sites, Pinterest, I came across a protective style that I have never tried before. Typically, when I get my hair braided I tend to request the installation of either long Box Braids or Senegalese Twists. This time, I decided to switch it up and try a braided up-do.


Easy Prep!

To prep my hair I;

  • Cleansed with shampoo
  • Revitalized it with conditioner
  • Added extra moisture by applying a hair masque
  • Thoroughly detangled
  • Moisturized

Of course, I didn’t accomplish this style myself. I visited my trusted hair braider, Angela, who ensured that the install was not too tight.


I am truly in love with this hairstyle. It’s low maintenance and can be worn in a bun when needs be. I am pretty excited to share with you all how I maintain this braided up-do.  However, that is for another blog post.

Until then butterflies 🦋.




The Hair Journey – My Plan to Growing Healthy Natural Hair Part II

In my previous blog post entitled, “The Hair Journey – My Plan to Growing Healthy Natural Hair Part I”, I outlined some of the steps that I have taken in an attempt to grow out my natural hair. In today’s post, I want to speak on my decision to make protective styling a main component in my hair routine.


Throughout my natural hair journey, I have dabbled with various protective styles whether it be box braids, braided twists, faux locs and now, sew-ins. I would always welcome these changes as they came at a time where my hair and I were not having a harmonious relationship. I would keep each protective style installed for at least two to three weeks and then would get the itch to take it out because I miss my hair.


However, I gained much from each protective style experience. Namely;

  • There was no excessive combing or handling of my hair in anyway which could lead to breakage.
  • I was able to switch up my look without having to sacrifice the health of my natural hair.
  • I saw where my hair retained length from utilizing these protective styles.


Because of those reasons, I have decided to wear protective styling on a more frequent basis to achieve my hair goals. Now, of course, this certainly does not mean that I will be neglectful of my hair. I intend on caring for my hair during this process in order to reap the full benefits of such a growth method.

I commit to;

  • Having a three-week break between each protective style.
  • Using a variety of hair treatments while out of protective style.
  • Caring and maintaining my hair while in protective style.

In future posts, I will expound on how I care and maintain my hair while in protective style.

Stay tuned.