Box Braids as a protective style

I first have a confession that I have never worn braids before outside of cornrows so I'll keep my question limited for now because if I end up getting them I'll have MUCH more questions then.


Has anyone ever worn box braids as a protective style? Since they are larger in size I'm assuming they would be the perfect protective style for the summer, and ironically I've been seeing them pop up more than I have in a long time.

Also, how long did you keep them in before having to do them again.
This is the perfect example of the style I would like to get.
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Are you thinking of getting them with or without extensions (i.e. added hair)?
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Are you thinking of getting them with or without extensions (i.e. added hair)?
Originally Posted by belwillcoily
Honestly I was going to get them with extensions just for more length but my friend said this may cause tension if it weighs my hair down and can result in breakage. My hair is a nice enough length and thick enough to not add extensions but I'm not sure if I can prevent fuzz without adding any hair. I'm guessing that with no extensions I'll have to get them done sooner than if I had extensions, is that right?
You can get that style. You just have to make sure the parts are not small. Those look like large braids and the parts are equally as large and the hair is matched to the thickness of the part. Does that make sense?

Also make sure the braider doesn't braid too tight (esp. at the hairline) and that you don't pull into a tight ponytail

hth
You can get that style. You just have to make sure the parts are not small. Those look like large braids and the parts are equally as large and the hair is matched to the thickness of the part. Does that make sense?

Also make sure the braider doesn't braid too tight (esp. at the hairline) and that you don't pull into a tight ponytail

hth
Originally Posted by coilynapp
If I'm understanding correctly I need to make sure that my roots are not tight and the parts are not tight either, that makes sense to ensure its really a protective style. Do you have any recommendations to use for oiling my scalp?
You need to make sure that the braider doesn't braid too tight and that the parts are not too small, so that your hair is not weighed down by the added hair

You don't need to oil your scalp, but you can use any oil that your hair and scalp likes. I like qhemet biologics amla pomade or afroveda shikakai oil
Are you thinking of getting them with or without extensions (i.e. added hair)?
Originally Posted by belwillcoily
Honestly I was going to get them with extensions just for more length but my friend said this may cause tension if it weighs my hair down and can result in breakage. My hair is a nice enough length and thick enough to not add extensions but I'm not sure if I can prevent fuzz without adding any hair. I'm guessing that with no extensions I'll have to get them done sooner than if I had extensions, is that right?
Originally Posted by jillian93
You can wear box braids with extensions probably for a month longer than without extensions IMO.

When I wore extensions, I kept them in for 2 months max then took them down. Sans extensions I do no longer than a month. I have heard of women who keep braided extensions in for 3 months though so I guess it depends on what you decide is comfortable for you and your hair.

And I'll echo Coilynap in saying that if you do extensions, make sure the braider doesn't do them too tight and the parts aren't too small or the weight of the added hair can pull on your natural hair too much and literally rip it from your scalp. Even with braiding without extensions, you should be very careful about making sure the braids are not put in too tight because then you could be dealing with traction alopecia.


HTH
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