Happy Sunday Beautiful People!
Where do I start?
Okay, so I have decided to protective style my hair for the whole 2016. What does that mean? Basically, I will be in twists or braids(with added hair) for 6-8 weeks at a time ALL year. I will only wear my real hair out for 2 weeks at a time so I can deep wash/dc and let it breath.
The reason I am doing this is because since I have been natural(almost 3 years), I have only done 3 protective styles which lasted only 4-6 weeks each time. I realized that in order for me to grow my hair out the way I would like, I need to incorporate long term protective styles(twists with my real hair isn't cutting it). This is necessary for my 4C hair and has worked in the past when I was relaxed.
I decided to take starting pics. So here they are. I am aiming to retain 4 inches of hair by January 2017. I may trim once this year, but I will NOT be cutting as much hair as I have in the past. I swear I was scissor happy.
|I showed the shortest portion of the back of my hair. I am really trying to have it catch up with the middle.|
On to the Marley Twists-
So yesterday, I decide to install some Marley twists. It took me about 10 hours with MANY breaks in between. So it would have really been like 6 hours. I only used 1 full pack of the black hair and half of the blue hair. I don't like the added hair to be heavy, so this works for me. The black hair was a $14 pack which was 44'' long. It was like triple the size of normal packs of Marley Hair.
As usual, I braided the roots for a little then continued to twist. At first I was apprehensive about using blue hair since I work in Corporate America, but said f-it. I really want to have fun with my hair and in life, so hopefully my work ethic will speak louder than my hair.
I will keep these in for 6-8 weeks depending on my schedule. I will also most likely re-do the front at one point.
Anyone else protective styling this year? Share your plans :-)