Timeline: Being Natural – 11 Months In

Month: 11
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




  1. January 11, 2014 / 7:12 am

    Ill be doing this style today after work 🙂 ive been looking for pictures of it and im so glad i found your blog!

  2. June 14, 2013 / 11:19 pm

    Once again you have killed it!I have some Afro twisty hair and attempted my own Havana twist! big mistake! I will try this instead! I can at least braid it! Looks Amazing!

  3. Anonymous
    May 10, 2013 / 2:10 am

    I love your hairstyles, and how you accessorize your styles!!! Can you do more of the 30 days challenge for professional work settings. Keep it. Much luv from Atlanta!

    • May 31, 2013 / 2:02 pm

      Hi, I did the 30 Updos challenge, and there's a dedicated page there as well as the ongoing Youtube tutorials so please check that out and select appropriate professional styles. There's a nice mix of updos there 😉

  4. May 5, 2013 / 8:47 pm

    I want to put in an Afro weave for winter, where can I get one, they seem so scarce.

    • May 31, 2013 / 1:56 pm

      Are you in SA? I recently found them in Africa Cash & Carry for R50 a pack. You only need 2 packs for the whole head 😉

    • May 31, 2013 / 2:03 pm

      Sorry, that's for braids. I actually haven't seen weaves though 🙁 I'd also love to do one but haven't found. Please let me know if you have more luck!

  5. May 2, 2013 / 12:00 pm

    I love this style, could you do a tutorial or even an explanation on how you achieved it on youtube, please.

    • May 31, 2013 / 2:00 pm

      Hiya! Sorry I won't be doing a tutorial on this, won't be doing them again any time soon as my hair's now too long for them. But if you know how to braid extensions, it's the same thing just different hair fibre ')

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