All the protective style addicts in the building raise your hands! Both of my hands are up and I'm waving them, frantically. Being a lazy natural means that protective styles are an absolute God send. Give me yarn braids that never grow old and I shall be happy forever or at least until I start missing my natural hair. 

On the first of this month I began a six month protective style challenge. Braids will be the go to option rather than wigs or weaves because personally they are so much easier to maintain! The braids will be kept in for 4-6 weeks then natural hair will be rocked for 1-2 weeks before the next style is installed. Of course properly maintaining our hair while in protective styles is super important, so you can definitely expect a post on how a lazy natural cares for her hair while rocking  protective styles. Length retention is a goal this year so the challenge is a way of ensuring that I don't wake up one day and decide that a mo-hawk is a good idea .  Actually it's an excellent idea!

Currently got this 90's inspired box braid bob thing going on and I absolutely love the way it looks, but cannot wait to take it out! Due to the length the braids get caught on everything. I mean everything; clothes, bedding, each other, other people. It's becoming annoying but it looks so neat.



If you're planning your own protective style challenge or just looking for some inspiration have a look at the protective styles I did in 2014. ( Left to right; top: box-braids using kanekalon braiding hair, yarn locs, crochet braids using afro kinky bulk hair. Bottom:  yarn braids 1, yarn braids 2, crochet braids using Bijoux Jamaican Bulk hair.) You can check out the yarn locs here and here , crochet braids here and peep some yarn braids here.



 Super excited about this protective style challenge! 

What are your hair plans for 2015?



Happy 2015


I hope your year has been fantastic so far! First off, thank you. Thank you for being here now and for reading these words. Last year I decided to take a step back from blogging. To re-evaluate the direction in which Deep Fried Stilettos was heading, I was doing things and going places, yet the drive to write, to post and to share was no longer there. Friends would comment about a lack of posts, so I'd throw one up, literally just dash one together and hit publish. It became a task rather than hobby, so I stopped, stepped away. It's important to know when you need to take a break and take a breath.

Right now my fingers are itching to write, to create, to share. To fall in love with blogging all over again. I'm so excited about what this year has to offer. It's been almost four years since DFS was birthed and I feel like it's apart of who I am. Is that strange? I've changed  a bit, I hope. So it's only fair that Deep Fried Stilettos also changes and grows and matures. Right? 

 

What's a DFS post without photographs? Since I hardly posted last year I'd like to share my 40 favorite photographs of 2014. If you follow on Instagram you've probably seen these before! I cherish the moments when these where snapped. So many memories! So many stories! 

2014 was an amazing year; the birth of three new additions to our family, continuing my natural hair journey, growing closer to my love, saying goodbye to old friends and hello to new ones, seeing and doing so many things for the first time (three hour hike to a waterfall, changing a dirty diaper! hellur!), going full force into the professional phase of my degree, it was an unbelievably lovely year! This new year, as cheesy as it sounds, do what you love and love what you do.



What were the highlights of your 2014? Come on, spill!