When it comes to her hair routine, Patia Braithwaite, health editor at Refinery29
, likes to keep things simple: She'll sweep her thick natural curls into a high bun and then continue on with her day. But for the first time in a really
long time, Braithwaite wants to try something different with a protective style...
and not just with your typical 1b plaits. "I’ve wanted to have different colored hair before, [but] I lived in D.C., which was a little bit more conservative than New York. [Now] I don’t feel like I have to explain myself," she says.