I went through a hair braiding phase starting in middle school and ending sometime around my senior year of high school. First, I had my friends do it for me and my mom would pay them. From then, I used to wait until my older sister came home for major holidays because she would do it for free and my mom saw that as a better option.
Pretty soon, that schedule stopped working out for me and one day I sat down, determined to learn how to install them myself. Several (and I do mean several) hours later I had a head full of braids courtesy of myself. From then, my hair care took on a monkey-see, monkey-do kind of pattern. Everything I know about hair, I taught to myself.
It's pretty normal to take your hair journey into your own hands and learn how to care for it yourself (almost all of my favorite bloggers went through the same phase themselves).
The more you learn the more you realize how easy it can be. Plus, there is something so liberating about being able to do whatever you want to your hair, whenever you want.
The question is: how far should you take your DIY? From box braids I graduated to self relaxing, then I figured out that I could make my own clips in and I am currently rocking my first self installed sew-in. However, it's been a long bumpy road and it's definitely not for everyone. Here are some of the pros and cons I've come across while learning how to care for my own hair.
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