“With poetic justice, poetic justice
If I told you that a flower bloomed in a dark room, would you trust it?”
– Kendrick Lamar
You know I had to get my Kendrick on for this post!
During the harsh winter months us naturals can find ourselves falling into a slump and not really wanting to do our hair. We decide that maybe it’s time to put our hair up in braids so we can give our hair a rest.
Poetic Justice braids can be broken into two categories: basic box braids and Petra box braids; both have their unique advantages and disadvantages.
Here are 5 tips to consider no matter how thick or long your poetic justice braids are this winter.
- Find a good hair braider. No, I am not talking about your cousins sister that braids hair for the low-low (you get what you pay for, sometimes you don’t). I am a firm believer in some things being DIY, but in cases like having my hair in perfection, I believe in paying someone that worked hard for their practice and invested in their art. Find a hair braider within your budget but will do a great job. And please, do tip ’em.
- Prepare for your appointment with your hair ready to go. A couple of days prior to your appointment it is time to put in some work of your own. I always say that no one knows your hair better than you do. Do what you have to and use the products that you know your hair agrees with prior to the installation of your poetic justice braids. Most importantly, do not forget to do a protein treatment and deep condition your hair. This will reinforce strength in your hair along with locking in moisture.
- Get it right, don’t get it tight. I know most naturals who have had their hair braided has that one story of the time the braider braided too tight and their mom was like “beauty is pain.” That is dead! No you should not have to struggle with falling to sleep, putting your hair in a bun, dealing with scabbing, and etc. This is a recipe for damaging your hair starting at the root and the beginning of the end of your hairline. Speak up, if your braids are too tight, let ’em know. The last thing they want is for you to complain to others about how they braid too tight and scare away potential business.
- Just when you thought you had a break, you were wrong. You still have to take care of your hair in your box braids. Your hair needs moisture every other day to prevent breakage and you have to continue to deep condition after a couple of weeks. I recommend investing in a $1.00 spray bottle with water and your favorite oils to spray in your hair more regularly.
- Careful with the edges, yo. In all of your styling, be mindful of your edges. They are more fragile than the other areas of your head and must be handled with caution. Nothing sucks more than taking your braids out and a mysterious (not so mysterious) chunk of hair from your edges coming out with it. Petra braids are the easiest ones to have this problem with because of the thickness, so be weary and make smart choices.
Let me know, do you have any tips that have helped you maintain your poetic justice braids in the winter months?