Prepping My Hair for Travel {Protective Styling}

This past year, I've been rocking the protective hair styles out of necessity more than anything else. But what I've learned through it all is that even when life is really busy, it's best to sacrifice a day to get a long-lasting protective style (only if that works for you and your hair though) in order to save your hair in the long run.

I can't lie and say that I've done the best by my hair even when it was in a protective style, but I love the ease of hair wash days when my hair is in extension twists.  My scalp thanks me for such an easy process.  I also love being able to look presentable at a moment's notice because your hair is basically done...all the time.

But needless to say, after having your hair in a protective style for 3 months at a time, there is a deep loss in not being able to touch your own natural strands.  So, I always have a break between protective styles, not only for my hair's sake, but for mine!  At the end of the school year, I took down my extension twists, rocked my own two strand twists for a bit, and then had my hair recolored to hide those ever-increasing gray hairs.

Now as I prep for my trip to Belize, I want to have an easy style that doesn't involve long faux strands hanging down my back.  It's much too hot for that.  I mean, in my own city, we have daily temps hovering around 100 F and the heat index makes it even more intense.  So, I can only imagine what it feels like in Central America right about now.

This time I opted for crochet twists.  I've never tried them before, but have been wanting to for a little while now.  Already, I can say that I'm enjoying them.  The process to have them installed was a little over 2 hours which does not compare to the usual 6-8 hours of individual extension twists.  And, this is more economical (at least the upfront cost).  I'll let you know how long these last and then I can give a more accurate account.  But as for now, I'm pleased.

I'm also pleased that my hair did not fall out over the year, truth-be-told. Instead, it grew!  Stoked!!!

I didn't comb my hair out fully, but it definitely grew and is super thick! 
My stylist cornrowed my hair with extensions before crocheting the other hair in
Here's a bit of a sneak peek
Half done!
All done.  It's super light.  You like?
Now it's time to pack!


  1. *high fives* Your hair looks amazing! And Belize? How exciting! What adventures are you getting up to there? ^.^

  2. Sweet friend, you are simply beautiful! I am loving the new look on you {{smiles}}

    Wishing you a joyous day! Hugs!

  3. I swear you are just too cute with all those braids, twists and all. You rock it girl! Here's to a fabulous trip!!!



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