Monday, April 4

Protective Style #2- Yarn Braids

Good Morning! Hope everyone had a great weekend.

I just wanted to check in with y'all on my Protective Styling challenge.

So I kept my last set of twists in for exactly 8 weeks. They started looking raggedy(to me) between week 6 and 7, so it was time for them to go.
I kept my hair loose, wearing a puff, for 2 weeks after removing them. In those 2 weeks, I washed and conditioned my hair 3 times. I did a mild protein treatment 2 of those times. I also trimmed about .5 -1 inch all around. Those ends needed to go and now I will focus on just dusting for the remainder of the year.

How I mainly wore my hair for the 2 weeks

So for the next protective style, I chose to do Yarn Braids. I have never done them before and always liked the look so thought this was the perfect time to give it a try.

I purchased the acrylic yarn from Walmart. The jumbo black yarn cost $5.98 and the Cranberry color cost $1.98. I still have a good amount of black yarn left and almost the whole spool of the cranberry yarn left.

It took my about 10/11 hours to complete my whole head. It took about 1 hour just to cut the yarn which I did so by wrapping it around table legs then cutting down the middle. I moisturized each section with Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing SoufflĂ© mixed with the JBCO Leave-in Conditioner.  I used 4 strands of yarn everywhere except on my hairline. On my hairline, I used 3 strands.
To secure the ends, I just tied a knot then cut off the excess yarn. I initially tried boiling the ends, but that DID NOT work out, so I had to burn them.

I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the look of these. They kind of look like locs, but they're braids, so I get the best of both worlds.
I may do these again, but will be sure to cut enough yarn from the beginning(had to go back and keep cutting) and burn the ends as I go.

I will most likely keep these in for 6 weeks. 8 weeks is just too long for me.

I'll be back soon to show y'all how these look as they age.

Have a great week!

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  1. I'm seeing a lot of yarn braids locally. Even the Bluish gray yarn. Nice work!

    1. Oh really? I don't see them much around my way, but see them all of the internet. Thank you!

  2. They look nice. So will you be dusting after each PS?

    1. Thank you! Yes, I will. Hopefully I will still retain a majority of my growth.

  3. It's been a while since I've done yarn braids and don't remember what I did to the ends. Does the yarn burn slower than synthetic hair would?

    1. I've never burned synthetic hair, but yarn burns pretty slow imo.


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