Growth: 14 months’ worth
Length: approx. 6.5″
This month, I finally put Fro in the first protective style for months, even though I had a protective style schedule. I went completely off it so these braids were my attempt at getting back on track. And boy did they do that. I’d never worn afro extensions before, and when my sister in law told me about them and how light they were, I knew I had to get my hands on them. So there I was, with a few packets of Afro Kinky extensions straight from the US (btw, I still haven’t found anything close to this fabulous in SA). I had no money to do my hair at the salon and I’d only braided my own hair twice before. Enter a long weekend and time to kill. I got on it. It took me a total of about 12 hours over two days. And by the end of it, I was beyond happy, excited and to be honest a bit scared. This hair was HUGE! When I first started, I had no idea it would turn out so big. But it was also really light so I didn’t feel so much weight on my head. For a split second, I was a bit worried I looked like a freak…then I got over it and rocked the hell out of them.
I still love these braids, definitely one of my best protective styles yet. I loved them so much I did them again before the year was done. I continued taking care of my fro underneath it all by using my daily spritz and my zesty lemon butter. In the evenings, I would tie the hair up and wrap my scarf around the base to keep my hair moisturised and neat. I think I had the braids in for about 4 or 5 weeks in total. I didn’t do a review as my hair wasn’t out and I think that helped me take my mind off my growth. Always helps to do a protective style when you’re obsessing over your hair (in an unhealthy way of course).
Next (and final) timeline post: Being Natural – 1 Full Year Post BC