One of the ways I get to wear bright fashion colours in my hair (without bleaching my hair within an inch of its life), is to install braids in the desired colours.
My go-to protective style since graduating from high school many many moons ago is box braids. I just love them... I occasionally install senegalese twists or marley twists but I always come back to my beloved box braids.
I've had quite number of different colours thus far this year: Purple and forest green ombre, and gun metal/silver. And now I'm rocking blue; it's been 2 years since I last had blue braids, mainly because finding bright colour braids is not easy.
I purchased mine from Hair City which is based in Gauteng but has an online store... thank God!
I'm really lucky in that I work in an setting that doesn't set dresscode rules. I do tone it down when I travel to conferences etc. but if I know I'm not travelling for 4-6 weeks then I wear whatever colour I'm in the mood for.
I installed my braids two weeks ago after co-washing with the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner.
I combed Cantu for Naturals leave-in conditionting cream through my hair and used Ecostyler Argan oil gel to smooth the hair and blend it into the extensions (both purchased from African-flair). I used 3 packs (cut in half) of X-pression premium kanekalon ultra braid in #blue. It took me about 10 hours to finish (I have a lot of hair. Half that time was spent on my crown).
I keep my braids in for a minimum of four weeks and I spray my hair with a growth remedy that contains Aloe vera juice, castor oil, bergamot essence and bay rum. I add peppermint and rosemary essential oils to it as well.
I try to co-wash/ scalp cleanse every week and I've been using the Purification Masque for the African Black Soap range. I take about a teaspoon of the masque, add water and transfer to a spray bottle to make application easy. Then, I use the balancing conditioner as a leave-in.
So along with brightly coloured hair...I love wearing bold lipcolour. Here are some looks I've been wearing recently.
|OFRA liquid lipstick in the shade Atlantic City|
|Stila stay all day liquid lipstick in Fiery|
|L'oreal Pure Reds Collection in Doutzen's red|
What do think of my blue hair? What kind of colours do you like to wear in your hair?
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