Emijaa Jaaemil talks BOX BRAIDS

Hi Beauties! 

I absolutely loved Emijaa’s braids  when I saw her in Brooklyn a couple weeks ago. I was super happy when I saw that she did a FULL post about her box braid experience. I had to share with my fellow, beauties! Check it!

Ever since I saw Solange with those ever so lovely “Janet Jackson Poetic Justice Braids”, I wanted them. I was intrigued and in love with how urban yet sophisticated she looked with them. Myself, I often tend to get extremely bored with my hair – changing it up quite often. I finally went ahead and got them done after a few months of contemplating… and I must say I enjoyed having them although after a month of heavy extensions –
I was ready to reunite with my curly fro! 

Styling My Box Braids 

After doing a little research on the net – I saw several ways I wanted to try my braids. But I realized after a few stints in front of the mirror, that my braids were rather HEAVY and the ideal styles I wanted to try were just going to cause me to have a headache… so I improvised… 

 Below are most of the ways I wore my braids… 

I absolutely loved rocking some Head Gear… 

Using a scarf gives you a ton of ways to rework your braids!!

Box braids can be a bit much when they are all just left loose to run
around free on your head – so I often tied the front up in different
ways to keep them off my face.

The high bun was the main reason I wanted these braids – but I realized
shortly after trying it for the first time – it weighed my head down
because they were too heavy.  So try the third look if you still want a
cute bun without the heaviness of ALL your braids.

Maintaining Your Braids

I am the worst person when it comes to PROPER maintenance of hairstyles.
 I often fall victim to laziness which prevents me from properly taking
care of my hairstyles BUT I’ll give a few tips on SOME of the things I
did when I wasn’t being lazy.

  1. Always wrap your braids up
    – either with a satin bonnet, pillowcase – SOMETHING.  The same worries
    you have about your hair when it’s not braided is the same worries you
    should have when it is braided.  Friction is no good PERIOD – so keep it
    on the Satin!

  2. Try to wash your braids with a diluted shampoo mixture once a week.
    {DO NOT totally immerse your braids in water, they will weigh TONS}.
     Your hair WILL get dirty which may cause it to itch and flake – which
    brings me to…

  3. Keep your scalp oiled at ALL times.  A dry scalp is an itchy scalp which is NO good.  I learned that the HARD way.

  4. You are the ONLY one that knows your hair.  Don’t keep braids in longer than necessary.  When your hair calls your name – respond.  Braids can be a lot of stress on your scalp.  It’s great to give your hair a break but ALWAYS listen to her when she 

    tells you she has had enough.  

I’m by far no expert in hair but I can say I enjoy experimenting and
learning new things.  I have always been one to do my hair myself {minus
such styles like box braids} just because I’m not interested in paying
someone else money to care for my hair when I’m perfectly capable of
doing it myself.  As I said before, ONLY YOU know your hair – what it
can take, what it wants and how it feels.  Learn what works for you and
stick to it.  I tried Box Braids and I loved them.  I did realize they
were A LOT of stress on MY hair/scalp but I don’t regret getting them.
 It was awesome trying a new style and being able to share with you all
my little journey.  If you’re contemplating braids – I say try it one
time – you will never know how you or your hair likes it until you try
it.  And if you don’t know what to do with it – go to the net – there’s
always loads of inspiration there!!

Thanks for allowing me to feature your fabulous post, Emijaa! 

Check out more of Emijaa at http://www.emijaajaaemil.com. Her style is FIERCE!!  

How fly are these braids? I CANNOT get enough! 


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