Slowly but surely...I'm catching up!
February's protective style was cornrows and box braids. This lasted the whole month.
Although I neglected to take step-by step photos, I'll go through the steps.
1) I made a headband of three cornrows across the front, alternating which side I started on.
|3 cornrows in the front|
|last headband cornrow started further back, for variety|
2) I then braided 8 cornrows heading straight back, ending in single braids, as you can see in the photo above.
3) I put the back of JJ's hair into single box braids.
|box braids at the back|
|better idea of braid length|
The parting pattern of the box braids was staggered to make part lines less visible. I did have to make two boxes much bigger than the others, as you can see in the photo below. This is because I was still trying to hide the chunk of hair that JJ cut off the month before. Luckily, the four braids that I am holding up in the photo below covered the two larger parted areas so it didn't look too "off".
This ended up being a great long term protective style that was visually interesting and lasted well. JJ's cut-off chunk of hair is really growing and she even wore her hair OUT for the first time in months (next post!).