Mini Braids: Protective, Versatile & Sassy
My Mini Braids have made a Comeback!
Mini braids, I can’t believe I haven’t worn these beauties in over a 5 years! Since I gave birth to my son over 5 years ago, I really haven’t had the time or patience to attempt installing these tiny beauties. OK, it really was my lack of patience…I’m sure I had the time somewhere. To say they’re time-consuming to install is really an understatement, BUT every time I put them in they’ve been more than worth the sacrifice.
This time it took me about 8 1/2 hours to complete. I feel like I’ve become faster at braiding too, because normally I have to spread it out over a few days, this time I only had to spread it over 2 nights to finish. If I had a weekend day all to myself, I most likely would have finished within the same day.
What are mini braids?
It’s just as the name implies, they are micro sized braids installed on natural hair. No bulk braiding hair or extension hair is used. It’s a protective style and can be used to help with length retention & growth. You also have the freedom to wash & deep condition your hair while the braids are in. You can heat style your hair, roller set it, rod set it, use curlformers, wear it straight or curly. It’s really versatile and I’ve been doing it for close to 20 years.
I originally started wearing these back in 1995, when I decided to grow out my relaxed hair & return my hair back to its natural state. In the beginning, they were an easy fix to my relaxed hair problems & I was able to have the freedom to style my hair as I grew out my roots. Later, it just became my style of choice because I had learned to care for my hair properly with braids in and my hair started growing like crazy because I was preventing myself from damaging it. I’m gonna have to dig in the archives to see if I can find any pics to share with you….I was a little camera-shy back in the day.
There was a time when, it used to be a rare occasion to see me rocking my hair loose. Mini braids became my signature style. I know you hear naturals now talk about protective, protective, protective, but I never really considered this a protective style back then. Naturals didn’t really have an online presence in the 90’s, and the term protective just wasn’t in my natural vocabulary yet. Mini braids were just something I did to make my life a lot easier and keep me from damaging my hair.
Whenever I would wear my mini’s I always kept them in for MONTHS at a time. The longest I’ve kept them in has been close to 6 months. I would only take them out to give my hair a straightening & trim. Then, I’d rock it loose for a bit and put them right back in again.
Stay tuned to the blog for tips on installing & maintaining your mini braids. Style Pics & My products of choice for my braids is also coming up soon.
Until Next Time Stars, Happy Protective Styling!
What kind of protective style are you rocking or planning on rocking this fall/winter season?