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Previously on #TackleThatFro:
- Introducing, #TackleThatFro Natural Hair Series
- #TackleThatFro| I Give Up Creamy Crack!
- #TackleThatFro| The Big Chop & TWA
Before going natural, getting my hair braided was a struggle for me. I used to be quite tender-headed and the whole hair braiding process was not enjoyable to me and I know it probably wasn’t fun for the person braiding my hair either. I was the type to tighten up my shoulders, tense up my neck, basically fight against having my head moved or positioned. I had this spot right smack dab in the middle of my head, and when the hair braider hit that I would wiggle and squirm like a worm.
I am so thankful that I got over that because I get box braids now like every few months. They are my go-to protective style. In natural hair terms, a protective style just means that your hair is styled in a way that doesn’t require regular, sometimes daily, manipulation or “styling”. I realized very early on in my natural hair journey that I would need get better at my hair regime. The hairstyles that I was doing weren’t lasting very long.
I honestly felt that I had my hands in my hair too much. My hands were getting tired and my hair was tired. At the time of my TWA, I was styling my hair just about every day. Events just happen to coincide that I would be having knee surgery and be in a brace for months while doing physical therapy. We got in contact with a friend of my mother’s and set up an appointment for box braids.
I decided on box braids for two reasons:
- One- The 70s and 90s are my two favorite eras and I love the Poetic Justice box braids. My style has always been a mix of the two times periods. If I was going to do a protective style, I wanted it to be something that would fit me and be something that I was comfortable with.
- Two- I had tried other styles before and I didn’t like them as well. When I was a sophomore in high school, I got Micro braids and it was the worst decision I ever made. I didn’t know how to take care of them, didn’t know how to take them out, and they ended up doing more harm than good. I’d also gotten Kinky Twists before, and while I liked the style. I don’t think it looked good on my face it’d that makes sense. I would like to try a wig, but I haven’t found one I like yet.
Getting box braids was the best decision I made, not only because I didn’t have to worry about my hair while I recovered from surgery but my hair got a break. It was able to grow without the constant manipulation and during that time, I was able to learn what my hair needed. And I don’t want to make it seem that a protective style is: box braids. A protective style, in my own words, a hair vacation from the constant stress of heat and daily styling.
After the knee surgery talked about previously, I’ve gone on to have another knee surgery and this past April, I just had Carpal Tunnel surgery and everything else that goes along with that. And I’m currently doing physical therapy to prevent another surgery. For each of these cases, I’ve gotten and currently have box braids. In all honesty, it helps me focus on healing and not having to worry about my hair. Because who’s got time to do a twist out right now?
So for this #TackleThatFro, I want to hear your story? Do you protective style? And if you do protective style, what is your favorite, or what is a style that you won’t ever do again? Let me know, I’m curious.