If you’ve seen my last post you’ll notice that I am rocking yet another new do, Poetic Justice Inspired Long Box Braids to the waist. I spent the entire weekend putting them in and promised that I would post a little tutorial for those of you that may want to attempt them on yourself or others. See the video to see my braiding method. Keep reading to see how I prepped the braiding hair.
About the hair, I used Xpression Kanekalon Fiber hair which is said to be the best for this style. I used three packs cut into thirds.
First I soaked the hair in white vinegar and hot water for about a half an hour to remove any chemicals applied that can irritate the scalp. I let it hang on hangers to air dry.
This hair is very long at 82″ so to achieve the length that I wanted I cut into thirds, this is one third…
If left like this the hair is too short and blunt at the ends so I stretched it. You do this by holding one end tight and gently pulling a few strands out in batches to the length that you want, and repeat with the other end. Don’t pull too far or you’ll pull the strands completely out of the bundle. You will end up with this…
You can see that the hair is now longer and looks more natural on the ends.
When I was done I had nine bundles which was enough for my entire head. I washed my hear with IC Fantasia Tea Tree Shampoo to clarify, deep conditioned with an IC Fantasia Super Concentrated Reconstuctor Treatment and applied IC Fantasia Leave in Conditioner with aloe to moisturize, then blew out my hair. I started at the nape and braided it smaller than the rest since it is very short due to my pixie cut.
Once I hit my ears I made them a little larger.
They came out great. Check out the tutorial…
Poetic Justice Braids Tutorial