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We are all very aware of the type of time, money, and care that women put into their hair. But every once in a while, you’ll find a man, especially in Hollywood, who works just as hard on his mane if not harder. Way back in the day, James Brown and Little Richard kept their hair very laid despite sweating up a storm in their shows, and since then, many men have rocked hairstyles that could put some of us ladies to shame. Even box braids. BOX BRAIDS. Don’t believe me? Check out some famous fellas whose hair always stays (or stayed back in the day) laid. Sometimes a little too laid…
Say what you want about their past singing abilities (or lack thereof), but Milli Vanilli and their box braids of yesteryear were killing the game. When they first were signed, the advance they were given by their manager was used to secure some of the most unique clothing, and some of the freshest microbraids and box braids money could buy. And while their musical legacy is marred in lip-synching scandal, they definitely set a trend with their hair. Too bad it really didn’t last though. There’s something not all that masculine about a man whipping around the same braids as me…*Kanye shrug*
When Keri Hilson first stepped on the music scene, she was known for changing up her hair every time you saw her. Mushroom cuts, long asymmetrical bangs, highlights and curls. But after her No Boys Allowed album in 2010, she changed her hair blonde, let it grow out, changed it to a dark brown and kept it like that since. But as Hilson slowly but surely tries to make a reappearance back in the R&B (she’s already working on new music), she’s coming back out with a new look. At least for now. The beauty stepped out in Atlanta at Krave Lounge with waist-length box braids that definitely stood out next to her white gown. She usually has a bang or curls surrounding her face, so it’s nice to see her with her locks pulled back so that she can show off her great features (including those cheekbones!). Are you loving it though? We sure are! Check out more pictures of the singer swangin’ them “thangs” in the ATL and let us know what you think!
Did They Do Poetic Justice Braids Justice? 14 Celebs Who Rocked Box Braids And Looked Cute (Or Not So Much)
If this year has taught us anything, it’s this my friends: Box braids/Poetic Justice braids/ Patra braids are back! Woohoo! For those of us out in these streets looking to whip some hair that’s not itchy and will help us protect our strands from harsh weather (if you don’t get them too tight, they should protect your hair in general), the return of box braids has been welcomed with open arms. Especially by the African women who sit on 125th street in Harlem looking to put some braids on a fro they assume you want to hide. And while we love box braids here at MN, so do the celebs. From the ones who made the look hot years and years ago to the ones trying to keep it hot in the present, they’re everywhere. But who is rocking them right and who isn’t? Let’s take a look!
In the past few months Poetic Justice braids or Box Braids have been popping up in the heads of some of our favorite celebrities. Solange’s fashion forwardness made the 1990s style popular again and everyone from her sister Beyoncé to VH1′s Basketball Wives reality TV producer and star Shaunie O’Neil have been rocking braids. But are braids for everyone? Do you prefer these celebs with or without braids?
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Protective styling is a term every natural hair woman, or pretty much every woman, hears on the daily. It’s said that protective styling is the way to go when focusing on healthy hair growth. But what exactly qualifies a hairstyle as protective? Does a weave qualify as a protective hairstyle? And do all protective hairstyles have to look so…boring?
A true protective hairstyle is at its base simply a style that protects the ends of your hair, helping to decrease tangling, shedding and breakage. A protective hairstyle hides your ends from exposure but should leave them in a detangled state. For example, once you have properly detangled your hair and pull it into a ponytail, you can then twist down your ponytail and pin it into a bun. This helps to promote hair growth as the idea is to actually retain your length rather than the very ineffective idea of speeding up hair growth.
A bun or braids easily falls into the protective hairstyle category. And yes, at its core, so does a weave. But without careful installation and maintenance those can go horribly awry. Some will debate that pulling hair tightly back into a bun and slathering on a pound of gel does NOT qualify as a protective hairstyle, although your ends are tucked in and “protected.” The amount of tension you are placing on your hairline and the product buildup is counter-intuitive to what you are actually trying to achieve. The same can be said for braids or extensions that are installed too tightly and wear on the hairline. Remember that the root word is protect, and so while the hairstyle should take good care of your ends, it needs to protect all aspects of the hair ensuring that you have strong follicles to promote retention of length.
A lot of people, myself included, have often been dismayed at the idea that in order to promote healthy hair growth, we have to be relegated to boring protective hairstyles. The school teacher bun ‘do or the pinned up twists can be a bit dull for the bevvy of women who like to showcase their hair in a bigger manner. Protective styling eliminates the idea of blow-drying or adding direct heat to your hair, but you can still get creative with protective styles by adding a bouffant (à la Janelle Monae) to your pinned up ‘do. Or switch up the braided style with fishtail braids. There’s plenty of tutorials on YouTube for both looks. If you are going the braids/weave route, make sure that your braids aren’t too tight and you hair is properly moisturized. Box braids are a great alternative to micros, as they don’t put as much tension on your hair (and they take half the time to do). Do NOT keep your weave/braids in over more than two months at a time, because your hair does need time and space to breath.
Here’s a definite quick tip for protective hairstyles: bobby pins are a girl’s best friend, especially for those who don’t know how to braid. Just remember that you’re goal is to decrease tangling and eliminate breakage by enclosing your ends in a detangled state. If you keep that in mind, you and your protective style should be all good to go!
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The boho box braids seem to be among the trendiest of hairstyles this summer. Women every where have been going 90’s retro with the chunky waist length braids. Celebrities such as Joy Bryant, Solange Knowles, and Chrisette Michele, and now Beyonce Knowles among many others have been making blog headlines everywhere for embracing this hip and evocative trend. I myself have been having my own summer love affair with the waist length Senegalese twists, which are very similar, only they are twists as opposed to braids. While many ladies have already hopped onto the boho bandwagon, there are others who are still contemplating whether or not they wish to join in on the fun. If you are one of those ladies who are still on the fence about trying out this chic hairdo, hopefully these tips will assist you in making your decision.
Box braids can make for a really great low-maitenance protective style. In this style you can give your hair a break and some time away to really grow and flourish, if hair growth is one of your goals. However, one thing that should be considered before getting with this trend is the current condition of your own hair. Any form of extensions can be like suicide to your hair if it is not in a healthy state. Any additional hair added to already weak and brittle hair can be a recipe for disaster. So imagine what it is like to add the weight of super long and chunky braids to already suffering hair. Not a good look. Before making your decision to get get box braids, assess the state of your hair. Are you experiencing severe shedding or breakage? Is your hair feeling brittle? If so, this probably isn’t best time for you to get those box braids you’ve been eying because they would most likely make a bad situation worse. Take a little time, nurse your hair back to health with plenty of TLC and you will be ready for extensions in no time.
If you’ve assessed your hair and determined that it is healthy enough to get you braids done, the next thing that you should consider is how you should prepare your hair to get this style done. I definitely suggest giving yourself a really good deep conditioner prior and possibly even a protein treatment prior to getting your extensions done. Be sure that you hair has an even protein and moisture balance if you do choose to go the protein route (protein treatments can be a horror when used improperly). This is all to ensure that you hair is strong enough to sustain the extensions. The next thing to consider is that your hair is properly moisturized. Extremely dry hair causes breakage so it is a great idea to apply an oil or butter to your scalp and hair prior to getting it braided.
Once you’ve prepped your hair, one of the most important things that you should is choose the right stylist. If you already have a trusted stylist whom you’ve had in mind to braid your hair great. If not, read carefully. If you want to avoid drama and headaches, you should only select a stylist who can show you that they’ve done this style before or a stylist who has been recommended to you by someone that you trust.
Although box braiding seems like a fairly simple concept, not everyone is good at it. I strongly suggest going to a professional hair braiding salon. I had a horrible experience with getting box braids done by a stylist who claimed to know what she was doing. My hair was such a mess that I took it out three days later. No one has time or money to waste, so be careful when selecting a stylist.
After you’ve decided which stylist you are going to use, the next thing to consider is the type of hair that you are going to use for your extensions. Being that box braids are a hot trend right now, people will try to bop you all in the name of the almighty dollar. Don’t allow anyone to sucker you into thinking you need some special kind of hair to get this style done. Simple braiding hair will get the job done. Most people use the Kanekalon jumbo braid hair. It shouldn’t cost any more than $2.99 per pack and that is on the pricey end of the spectrum. This hair is really inexpensive, so don’t let anyone tell you any different.
Don’t be afraid to let your stylist know if she is braiding your hair too tightly. If she has any sense she will listen and quit braiding as if she is trying to detach your scalp from the rest of your head. It is your hair at the end of the day and really tight braids can lead to breakage. What good is a cute hairstyle if your own hair is suffering underneath. You should also give your hair a few days to loosen up after getting it done before you start trying to pull it back and experimenting with the many different styles. Premature styling while your hair is still fairly tight can put major stress on your edges.
Once you’ve actually gotten your hair braided, the maintenance of your hair underneath is equally important. You should wash your hair every few weeks. Many ladies find the Crown and Glory Technique to be the most beneficial when it comes to washing. You should also be sure to keep you scalp and hair moisturized. I’ve found that the Doo Gro Anti Itch Growth Oil to be the best product when it comes to oiling my scalp.
The nozzle top makes for quick, neat, and simple application. I find that moisturizing braid sprays are pretty effective at moisturizing the rest of the hair. Don’t go crazy and apply to many products, though. Too many different products will make your braids look old and frizzy quickly.
And finally, enjoy your braids! Check out YouTube and hair blogs to figure out the many different styles that are available to you.
Jazmine Denise is a New York City based freelance writer. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise
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