Doing my natural hair every day can be super fun. I love the versatility of my curl pattern and how I can transform whenever I want. It’s my own personal adult dress up. But, while it’s all fun and fresh, sometimes it just doesn’t fit into my schedule. Because of that, in between roller sets and twist outs I’ve been giving my hair a break with these protective braid styles. So, grab a few bags of your favorite kanekalon hair and follow me for a fantastic voyage.
Feed in Pigtails
This is definitely the simplest of my protective styles. I always seem to have braiding hair lying around, so it’s nothing for me to grab a few pieces and feed them in. For these braids I used kanekalon hair that I coated with raw shea butter. I used one pack, divided it in half and then split each half into 10 pieces sized from super tiny to large. Because the braids are in such a large space it’s important for all sides to be laid. So, I coated each section with bee’s wax, then jam, and finally gorilla snot. This is my lethal lay concoction. This makes the hairstyle a) look clean and neat and b) last a bit longer. Coating the hair this way also helps to make sure the braids are centered before the hair is installed. These lasted about 3 days before needing to be reinstalled. (I’ll mention that I’m a crazy head scratcher)
Because the braids are in such a large space it’s important for all sides to be laid. So, I coated each section with bee’s wax, then jam, and finally gorilla snot. This is my lethal lay concoction. This makes the hairstyle a) look clean and neat and b) last a bit longer. Coating the hair this way also helps to make sure the braids are centered before the hair is installed. These braids lasted about 3 days before needing to be reinstalled. (I’ll mention that I’m a crazy head scratcher)
Multiple Feed in Braids
While the two feed in braids are mad fun, they don’t last as long as I need them to. If I need something to be protective and long lasting I go for multiple feed in braids. I use the same method as the pigtails braids and work in my lay concoction, but I spiced it up with some ombre hair. I found this pack that transitioned into red and it practically jumped off the shelf at me. These lasted a little over a week.
Faux Halo Braid
This faux halo braid was one of the most fun styles I’ve ever worn. I wore it to a 21 Ninety event here in Nashville and in that room with all of those amazing black women I felt like a straight up Nubian queen.
For this style, I used one bag of black kanekalon hair. I separated a small piece out and cut it in half. Next to each ear I parted out a small section and braided the kanekalon hair down to the tip adding beads once I finished and securing it with a rubber band. Once the side braids were finished I brushed my hair back into a low ponytail using gorilla snot and bees wax to keep everything neat. I also went ahead and swooped my edges to make them extra fleeky. Next, I tied my hair down with my silk scarf to let the wax and snot dry.
While waiting for the hair to dry I took the rest of the kanekalon hair and pulled the ends before braiding it down and securing the end with a rubber band. Once the gelled hair is dry I secured the faux braid to the knotted pony tail and wrapped the braid around my head. The final step is to secure the braid down with bobby pins and strut the baddest bitch around.
Multi-braids with Mini Buns
I love this hairstyle alot because it is fun and young. Afro puffs are one of my favorite natural hair looks, and finding this variation allows me to rock them longer. I love this look for a festival or a fun show.
Again, you’ll need one bag of kanekalon hair. Divide the bag in half and braid each half loosely to the tip securing it at the end with a rubber band. Place the two braids aside, for now, we’ll use them again at the final step.
Part your hair starting behind one ear across to the back of the other. Place the back section of the hair in a ponytail and part the front section in alternating sizes (large and small). I put the larger sections in loose twists and braid each of the smaller braids to the scalp first. Once the smaller braids are finished I untwist a larger section, coat both sides with Gorilla Snot and braid the hair back. I also go ahead and do the first round on my edges before I braid so that I scoop up the extra hair.
Once the braids are finished I part the back into two sections and brush them upward, securing any flyaways with Gorilla Snot. I put each section in a pony tail with a rubber band, twist the ends, and secure them down with a bobby pin. Once mini buns are created with my natural hair I grab one of the kanekalon braids from before and secure the top of it to the back of my bun with a bobby pin. I wrap the braid around my bun loosely and fluff as I see needed. When I reach the end, I secure the tip underneath the wrapped braid with a bobby pin. Finally, repeat on the other side.
For a finishing touch I go back over my edges giving them some extra swoop and design.