I recently decided to embark on braiding my own hair. This may not sound like a big deal until you realize that this hairstyle took me a whole day to do, literally. I am not some master hair braider, in fact I think this is only the third or forth time that I have braided my own hair. However my desire to save money and not have to deal with doing my hair for a while is what drove me to master this technique.
If I would have went to the hair shop to get my hair done, I can guarantee you that I would have paid any where between $175 to $250 because of the length and time that it would take to do it. But because of the wonderful world of Youtube, teaching me how to do this on my own, I am proud to say I spend under $30 to buy the hair. Major difference. My motto is why pay someone for something I can do for free. Yes it may have been time consuming but it was free. And that is my magic word.
My process of doing my hair consisted on watching Youtube video after Youtube video. I knew exactly what type of braids I wanted so my main key words for these braids were Patra Braids, poetic justice braids, Solange braids, and box braids. I recommend when looking for how to do your braids or hair for that matter. Look at many videos by many different people. Each person has their own style and some videos are better than others. By watching many videos you can choose what style you want to use or even like I did, use a combination of techniques in order to do your own hair.
For this hairstyle it took me 13 packs of hair. I did not know it would take this much at first and only bought six packs of hair. After watching other videos that had the size and length of the braids I wanted I found that it took them in average 12 packs of hair and I had to make a trip back to the store (which is why it pays to watch the videos in advanced). I personally decided to put highlighted braids in my hair based off something I wanted to do, I did not get it from a video, it was just my personal style.
This is why for the first day or so, I choose to not put strain on my hair and pull my hair up, until the braids had loosen a bit. When they did, I chose to do the popular high bun, which was inspired by Beyonce. I played with this high bun and did it different type of ways on different days. I also sometimes chose to put a bun on top and the rest down which I felt kinda gave my style a different feel. Which it what I like.
Since the style of these braids have been done since the “Poetic Justice” days, you know I had to take it old school and imitate the Janet Poetic Justice style.
I used a scarf that match my outfit for that day, but I was still feeling the style over all. This took a longer time to do because of all the braids on my head and it not that easy to do as it looks but I am still happy about the results.