Natural Hair and Box Braids

NikG of BeadsBraidsBeyond dishes on ways to keep baby girl's natural hair healthy and beautiful, without pulling yours out!

Box braids are great for children. They are also very versatile and can last for weeks!

I put some small box braids (with a few cornrows on the side) in A's hair a couple of weeks ago. This was done on dry hair, I used shea butter mixed with coconut oil and it took around 3 hours.. She was sleeping when I did half of the top. We watched Dora and some of her other favorite cartoons, and we also took breaks.

These box braids lasted A two whole weeks! We couldn't find her satin bonnet during that time, so I would imagine if your little one sleeps with a bonnet/satin pillowcase this would last even longer. During these two weeks I would rub a little Giovanni Direct Leave-in over her braids and add shea butter mixed with coconut oil on her ends. When I started to see some frizz I smoothed some Curl Gel-les'C over her braids.

I curled A's ends a few days later with flexi-rods. I left the flexi-rods in for about 40 minutes. I was actually trying to curl the braid but the flexi-rods kept falling out. It still turned out cute.

We changed the style up quite often. Pigtails, side ponytail, curled braids, top half up and the back down.

After 1 week I washed A's braids with Organix Coconut Milk shampoo and Herbal Essence Hello Hydration conditioner. After washing her hair, I set her (wet) braids with Curlformers. I put between 2-4 braids in each Curlformer. We loved the results!

A few days later I put her Curlformer braids in pigtails.

After two weeks I took her braids down. I wet her hair and loaded it up with Herbal Essence Hello Hydration conditioner and used the end of the metal rat tail comb. It took almost 1 1/2 hours to take her braids down. She was asleep half of the time.

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socialitedreams said...

you have the best style ideas for your baby girls hair and she is SO pretty :D patient little trooper too, sounds like! you and her have lots of good mommy and me bonding time with the hair, I bet, and she should feel good and loved by all of the attention. I hope if I'm ever a mommy that I can treat my lil one to so many great style options so that she can feel pretty too. I so need to learn how to twist and braid, lol

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Anonymous said...

Nik- I am so glad that you watermarked the photos! Her hair looks great!

Nyla Coils

Anonymous said...

Her hair is beautiful, as a child my mother did my hair in box braids all the time. One time for picture day she put them into about 6-8 braids & took them down in the morn for cute krinkly braids!

Anonymous said...

the words on the pictures are too much maybe one wouldve been nice, but you over did it. cant even see the babies hair

Anonymous said...

What a cute little girl and so nice that you are keeping her hair natural. I cringe everytime I see a little one with a perm.

Beads, Braids, & Beyond! said...

Thanks everyone. :)

@ Anonymous, I use to only have one on our pictures, yet, her photos were still used on a flyer, and to be completely honest- it was this or me deleting the entire blog. I think most people understand why I have to put beadsbraidsbeyond across our pictures now. It's a bit of a hassle for me, and I know it's a little distracting, but I have to do what I have to do.

Beads, Braids, & Beyond! said...

By the way, next time I'll try to make the pictures bigger, so maybe you can see her hair better when you click it.

Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

In Nic's defense-about the following comment ,,,the words on the pictures are too much maybe one wouldve been nice, but you over did it. cant even see the babies hair.....

Here is my reply.... I was a business owner and my photos were stolen offline by a competitor in my town. When this happens, you feel totally VIOLATED. I couldnt imagine how it must feel to have photos of your child stolen..,Placing the name of the logo prevents this from happening. When Nic had one logo, placed on the photo is when the pic was used/stolen to promote someone else's business.
I think it is an honor and a privilege that Nic ALLOWS us to see the beautiful styles that she has done to A!
Just my 2 cents,,,
Sorry if I am harsh but since this has happened to me! I do know somewhat how Nic, felt!
Keep the logo going Nic!!!

Nyla Coils

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Courtney said...

Funny thing is Im an adult and was JUST thinking about putting so box braids in my hair for an upcoming deployment

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