Update on My Protective Styling Challenge

Hello my Cakers, Bakers & Beauties!

So I haven’t written about my hair for a while, this is not because something drastic happened I just don’t want to bore you!

Natural Looking Twists

Natural Looking Twists

After I removed the natural looking twists, I did a real protein treatment and then assessed the state of my hair, it was in good condition and still strong and supple with no traces of  traces of traction alopecia, so I went for the pick and drop style braids I mentioned before.

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The layers were a bit off, so I cut the bottom layer in the end.

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These took around 6 hours to put in and my Sister-in-Law – Deborah installed them for me, we used 5 packs of the same Aftress Fingeroll Hair that I wore in the summer on my trip to the Dominican Republic . Before installing the braids I  cleansed and air dried the hair before the install. You can read about how to cleanse your hair extensions here. Each pack of hair is only £2.99 so it’s an economical option for extensions.

I asked Deborah to braid my hair while it was damp as my hair is easier to work with while it’s damp and is more supple therefore less prone to breakage from manipulation. I wore the braids for about 5 weeks I washed my hair once per week I was working out on a regular basis 2-4 hours per week and I was paranoid about my hair smelling if I didn’t wash it .

After I took those braids out it was just before Christmas and I wanted to wear my own hair out during the Christmas Period so I did my hair in two strand twists for a few days. To protect my ends, I put my twists into a small high bun then I used Afro kinky extensions to create a faux bun by wrapping the extension hair around my own mini bun.

Faux Bun

Faux Bun

 On Christmas Day I wore a curly Fro.

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Hubby and I went on a Spa Break between Christmas and New Years, I had to pack light so I didn’t bring too many hair products plus I went swimming every day for 4 days. I washed the chlorine out of my hair every day and because I knew I’d be swimming again,I didn’t style I just put my hair in a high puff.

Hubby and Me - High Puff

Hubby and Me – High Puff

All in all I probably had my hair “unprotected” for about 4 days. After NYE I gave my hair a protein treatment and I’m glad to say that I haven’t experienced any breakage after all that swimming. I also put my hair into a high bun and slathered my hair with Vaseline before getting into the water, as you know Vaseline does not allow water to penetrate into the hair strand which is why we usually stay away from it, but it has it’s uses.

So far every day in January I’ve stuck to my self imposed Protective styling challenge, I actually cover my hair most days, even at work I wear a head wrap or beanie hat, I work in an office with a  lot of Muslim women who wear Hijab so no one blinks an eye at the fact that my hair is covered. Under my head scarf or beanie hat I always wear a satin bonnet to make sure that my hair is protected from friction, tangling and moisture being sucked out of my hair by various thirsty fabrics. Under my wraps and hats my hair is in 2 strand twists and I’m washing once per fortnight but since I’m still working out (yay!) I co wash with my twists in weekly.

Thanks for reading, Luv Sian x


2 thoughts on “Update on My Protective Styling Challenge

    • To form a protective barrier between my hair and the chlorine it worked a treat. I don’t wear swimming caps as they dont work for me and they tear out my hairline. Putting in conditioner only just makes the pool cloudy as it is designed to be rinsed out in water. As much as I hate vaseline it rescued me on that occasion!

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