Poetic Justice Braids Tutorial

Poetic Justice Braids

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.

Xpression Kanekalon 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.

how to soak Xpression Kanekalon Hair

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.

Xpression Kanekalon Hair

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.

Poetic Justice Braids Tutorial

Once I hit my ears I made them a little larger.

small box braids

They came out great. Check out the tutorial…


Poetic Justice Braids Tutorial

See here to learn how to maintain your braids and here for styling options. Let me know if you guys have any questions!


When I’m not hunting down the latest and greatest beauty products, beating a face or lacing a do, you can find me roaming the streets of NYC in my stilettos looking for the next best restaurant. Or in the kitchen trying to outdo myself from the last time.


  1. 04.23.2013 / 6:50 pm

    very nice! thanks for sharing with us how you did it!

    • Erica
      04.24.2013 / 11:00 am

      Thanks Joanne and no problem at all!

  2. 04.23.2013 / 9:06 pm

    You did a great job!! I’m going to show this to the lady that’s doing my daughter hair! Thanks so much for posting!!

    • Erica
      04.24.2013 / 11:01 am

      Thanks Yoyo and no problem at all!

  3. Rio
    04.25.2013 / 2:13 am

    WOW You have a lot of patience and skill. But the end result was worth it. Great job!

    • Erica
      04.26.2013 / 6:37 am

      Thank you! 🙂

  4. 04.25.2013 / 4:51 pm

    Wow I love your hair and makeup. That you did your hair yourself is remarkable – I don’t have that level of patience. LOL

    • Erica
      04.26.2013 / 6:38 am

      Thank you. My patience was wearing very thin lol

  5. 04.29.2013 / 8:07 am

    25 HOURS STRAIGHT! Honey, you are good but they turned out wonderful. x

    • Erica
      04.29.2013 / 11:34 am

      Thank you. I can’t believe that I sat that long lol xo

  6. Shauna Jamie
    04.30.2013 / 3:48 pm

    Love It!

    • Erica
      04.30.2013 / 4:04 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  7. Crystal
    05.01.2013 / 9:03 am

    How did your arms not fall off? Just kidding, but oh gosh 25 hours? I don’t think I’d have the energy or patience (that’s why I pay someone). LOL You did an awesome job with your braids. They look really good.

    • Erica
      05.01.2013 / 9:54 am

      Lol girl they felt like they were going to. It was the opportunity cost of keeping my $200 (well $180 minus the cost of the hair) and doing it exactly the way that I wanted

  8. Rio
    05.17.2013 / 6:43 am

    Hi Erica,I am getting my hair braided like yours this weekend. I just want a few tips: 1. Is it terribly difficult to wash braids at that length? 2. What period of time is good to have them in for (avoiding breakage)? Thanks in advance. Love your blog btw

    • Erica
      05.17.2013 / 10:47 am

      Thank you. I don’t wash my hair while it’s braided so I can’t give advice there. I touch up the perimeter about every 3 weeks (which I just did) and comb out any dirt or lint that has settled. I will be buying a scalp cleanser for braids which is like a dry shampoo. I also plan to leave mine in for about 3-4 months. To avoid breakage, don’t let the new growth get to be so much that your braids are hanging, the heaviness will cause breakage. Redo them or take them out. Hope that helps.

  9. Rio
    05.17.2013 / 5:36 pm

    Yes, that does help. Thank you Erica!

    • Erica
      05.17.2013 / 8:39 pm

      You’re welcome!

  10. 05.17.2013 / 11:53 pm

    Girl you are the bomb! I wish I could do mine by myself.

    • Erica
      05.18.2013 / 10:16 am

      Thanks girlie. I thought you did yours too!

  11. trina
    07.03.2013 / 12:18 am

    just got Senegalese braids, next time these. Only got them to my bra strap.

  12. iman
    08.13.2013 / 10:39 pm

    Can you do my braids n where are u located

    • Erica
      08.14.2013 / 3:00 pm

      I’m in NYC…

  13. Marika
    10.20.2013 / 1:12 pm

    Do you only do your own hair? If not how much would you charge for braids like that?

    • Erica
      10.20.2013 / 2:41 pm

      No I do others hair as well. These are pretty small so for this size and length it would be $200

  14. Marika
    10.20.2013 / 4:39 pm


  15. DD
    11.24.2013 / 3:06 pm

    Hi how much vinegar should you use for like 4 packs of xpressions hair to water ratio? Thanks

    • Erica
      11.24.2013 / 3:41 pm

      I just fill the tub up enough to cover the hair and add about a 1/2 cup of vinegar

  16. IBJuliet
    12.15.2013 / 4:12 pm

    Wow! Loved this tutorial. I’ve always known how to braid, but never knew how to braid using weave. Now I do. Thanks and you looked great!

    • Erica
      12.15.2013 / 5:40 pm

      You’re welcome and thank you! 🙂

  17. Mary
    12.29.2013 / 2:21 pm

    Wow! A wonder4 job, very particular and neat. I’m getN my daughter’s hair in medium size poetic braids(thumb sz). Were there any hair stickN out of the braids? How long did U soak the hair in vinegar and how was it dried? Where can I find the hair product U used for cleaN? Thank U 4 the info, but 1 more question b4 I close… is it very important to use certain brands of hair?

    • Erica
      12.30.2013 / 12:55 pm

      Thank you. I soaked the hair for about an hour or so, rinsed and hung the braids from hangers. You should be able to find all of the products in the beauty supply store. You can use any type of Kanekalon synthetic hair but Xpression is one of the best because of the amount of hair in the pack and the texture.

  18. Ashley G
    03.21.2014 / 9:46 am

    PLEASE reply back, how many packs does it take to do the full head and length to the hips. I really need an estimate on how many to buy

    • Erica
      03.21.2014 / 9:58 am

      It depends on how much hair you have and how thick you want them. Also on how you cut and stretch the hair. I used 3 packs but bought 4 just in case. Hope that helps!

  19. Trina
    04.10.2014 / 12:05 am

    Just put box braids in my hair for first time, saving twist for summer, had no idea they were so heavy at first. But she did a great job.

    • Erica
      04.10.2014 / 1:06 pm

      The heaviness depends on how big the braids are and how much hair you put. I try to make mine as light as possible because my neck can’t handle the heavy braids.

  20. Trina
    04.10.2014 / 11:58 pm

    It’s normal now, do not feel heavy. Thank God. Got it done Tuesday, so guess had to wait.

    • Erica
      04.16.2014 / 11:36 am

      Yeah it’s normal for it to feel heavy for a few days until you get used to it.

  21. 06.27.2014 / 12:46 pm

    Okayyyy I looked it up ha ha

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