Braids … again!

16 Jan


I’m back in braids!  I had my hair braided on Monday.  They were done by the same person who did my braids last time (also the same person who braids my daughter).  I used the same type of braid as last time (Expression), the only difference is that this time I chose colour 340.  I wasn’t too sure about it at first but I decided to just go for it anyway.  It’s a reddish brown but my dark hair does show through making it appear a bit darker.

I will keep the braids for eight weeks (until mid-March).  I will care for them as follows:

  • Wash weekly and apply conditioner that has been diluted in water, then put on a shower cap for an hour or so.  Diluted conditioner is easier to rinse off afterwards.
  • Moisturise daily with braid spray.  I like African Pride bride spray.  I will spray the braid spray generously until the braids feel damp.  I will use my spray bottle – it helps me moisturise much faster.
  • I will apply T444Z hair food to my scalp weekly after each wash when my braids dry.

I’m glad I got braids.  It gives me a break from detangling and combing!  I’m hoping to retain some length as well as thickness when I take them out in eight weeks time.



31 Responses to “Braids … again!”

  1. wiscellaneous 16 January, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    I really like the colour! Perhaps I should brave braids…. 🙂

    • Tendayi 16 January, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

      Maybe you should …… 🙂

      • Debrah M Mupfeki 17 January, 2013 at 10:23 am #

        hi , do u have contact details of the lady who sells t444z in botswana thnx

      • Tendayi 17 January, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

        Please email and ask them for all the detail you need.

      • ravi 17 January, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

        lovely colour Tendayi

      • Tendayi 17 January, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

        Thank you Ravi 🙂

  2. Ernie 16 January, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    I realy like ur braids, how many pkts of expression did u use

    • Tendayi 17 January, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

      Thanks Ernie. I used 2 packets. I had very little left from the second packet.

  3. Busi 16 January, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    I also enjoy braids, but I always do ones that are very thin and they break with my hair ) :
    I love the colour you picked.

    I have a question re texlaxing…I hope I have the name correctly. I’m planning to do that this weekend, what must my hair dresser do differently to the normal relaxer we usually do.


    • Tendayi 17 January, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

      Thin / micro braids are a recipe for disaster!! Things dont normally end well when you get those!

      When texlaxing, your hairdresser would rinse off and neutralise the relaxer sooner than they normally do. This would leave your hair with some texture and thickness. It will not be dead straight.

  4. Lisa 16 January, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    Not to be offensive but don’t you believe that the braids the last time caused your hair to thinner?

    • Tendayi 17 January, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

      No I dont believe my hair thinned last time which is why I went ahead and had braids done again. Im actually planning on having braids 3 times this yr!

  5. lolo 17 January, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    Hey T. I really love the colour next time I’ll try it. I’m also on braids now, Can I use any hair food to my scalp? I can’t afford the t444z, pls any recommand hairfood I can use for hair growth

    • Tendayi 17 January, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

      I would recommend you use a natural oil instead. All the goodness without any fillers. If your scalp tends to itch then you can add a few drops of an essential oil like peppermint, tea tree, eucalyptus. Add these few drops to the oil of your choice. Natural oils are too many to mention but some examples are cococnut, jojoba, olive, castor, grapeseed, wheatgerm etc

  6. Lydz 17 January, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Hey girl love the braids, the colour suits you well maybe I am biased lol never have been a fan of black the closest number to black I use is No 4 otherwise I am No 33 girl.
    I nominated you for a Liebster award check it out when you get time here >>>
    Have a fab day!

    • Tendayi 17 January, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

      Thank you for the nominatuon. Im honoured 🙂

      Im also not a fan of black. I will use 4 and 2 sometimes but I also like to experiment hence the 99J last time and the 340 this time. There are so many i can try out – 33, 35, 350 etc etc!!!

  7. christellehabimana 17 January, 2013 at 10:44 pm #


    Love your braids, they look good on you !
    I took mine out yesterday. I had them in for way to long, so i decided not to rexal them immediatly (cause that’s what i usely would do). used pre-shampoo, washed and conditioned with a leave-in, moisturized with argan oil etc and blow dryed it using heat protecting. but… my hair feels still super drye!!! what should i do? give my hair time to recover? or did i do something wrong? Could you help me here?

    thanks! Greetz from Europe !

    • Tendayi 18 January, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

      Did you take care of the hair while it was in braids? That is essential to healthy hair after you take the braids off. I suggest you like after your hair for about 2 weeks before relaxing. Concentrate on moisturising it as well as deep conditioning with a moisture based conditioner. Your hair should improve.

      Also check out this post I have just shared on how to look after braids –

  8. Adinda 18 January, 2013 at 5:30 am #

    Your braids look nice. Can you please recommend a youtube video that shows one how to wash braids without getting any frizz.

  9. Danita 18 January, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    Hi Tendayi

    I’m going on a trip overseas and it will be for a month. I was thinking of braiding my hair with human hair. Can this be done? All the shops I called that specialises in human hair says that elastics need to be used. But how do they use it? I don’t want to get weaves, I’d prefer the braids.

    • Tendayi 21 January, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

      Hi Danita

      Im sorry my knowledge of braiding with human hair is very limited. I know it can be done though. I hope someone who knows will respond to you.

      • Lydz 22 January, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

        Maybe i can help yes it can be done i am not sure what you mean by elastics but if they plan on using them to tie the ends tell them to tie a knot with the actual human hair instead of using elastic just like how a knot is tied when you do pick and drop. Human hair for braiding costs a little more than synthetic unless you have a particular reason for wanting human hair you can achieve the same look using Darling Yaki for straight styles or Free Tress bulk for wavy styles not sure if they are available where you are but just google them. One thing to consider though is human hair tangles like crazy when washed unless you braid all the way to the end if you leave some hair halfway and curl it will tangle like crazy when washed and you may have to rollerset it to get your waves or curls back synthetic not so much and the curl pattern stays the same you just have to finger detangle Hope that helps:)

      • Tendayi 22 January, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

        Thanks for the response Lydz

  10. Gladys Jamakie Lumor 21 January, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    hi, i have red hair and i want to dye it to black but anytime i do, my hair breaks but looks very beautiful. Can you please advise me on what to do and how to go about it in case i want to dye my hair again cos i love black hair. thank you.

  11. heyitsonlyhair 21 January, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    Love your braids – how often do you keep them in?

    • Tendayi 22 January, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

      I keep them for 8 weeks at a time.

  12. sibusiso 25 January, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    Hi, any suggestion on how to neaten the front hairline that is not braided if I’m in natural hair?

    • Tendayi 27 January, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

      You can use a bit of hair gel if you want the hair to lie flat. You can also brush it with a soft brush. I have some Organic Root Stimulator Edge Control though I hardly use it.


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