Let's talk about crochet braids and all their majestic glory. This, by far has been my favorite protective style to date. Not only is it a cheap style, but it is super believable. So many people thought this was my real hair! And I'm not talking about just strangers, but my actual close friends and some relatives. And it cost me less than $40 to achieve this look. Keep reading to find out how!
Let's start with my inspiration. I decided to try crochet braids for two reasons: a) This gorgeous picture!
and b) limited funds. I've heard of crochet braids, but never thought about installing them due to my mom's horrifying past experience. But I looked up a few videos on Youtube, mainly TheChicNatural's video and began researching how to install.
I used the same braiding pattern that she did, but opted for a different brand of hair. The hair I chose was FreeTress Bohemian Curl braiding hair, a whopping $5.99/pack. I bought three bags, even though much of my research suggested only two bags, in order to have a little wiggle room concerning mess ups. My first installment I bought two bags of black and one bag of chocolate and blonde. I also bought a crochet needle from Walmart that was a little under $3.
Now I know that the hair looks super defined and but separating a piece into two strands made the curls look more natural. Here is how my first installment looked.
I made sure to leave my hair out in the front (very small part) and also in the back of my head for a more natural look. My hair that was left out in the front I flat twisted daily, and the hair in the back I two-strand twisted. This also allowed me to wear my hair in updos.
I kept this hairstyle up for about five weeks. Then I took it down to reinstall for a fresh look for a special occasion. The take-down was easy, but the detangling was a mess! Patience is a virtue that I am still trying to possess, but I was able to handle my hair with care. Here is a picture of how much hair I lost after taking my braids down:
At first, when I washed my hair I thought that I had gained absolutely no growth, but I blew my hair out that night to prep my hair for re-installment the next day, and I realized that I did experience growth!
For my second installment, my hair was slightly bigger- which was a no no for me. So I two strand twisted large portions of the weave with product to weigh it down. I absolutely loved the result! I also opted for my color in this installment.
I left this installment in for about 6 weeks, and after I was definitely due for a trim! I experienced the same amount of shedding as the first, and once again did not believe that I had any growth. But to my surprise, when my stylist blew my hair out, my hair was very long, past my collar bone. However, due to my split ends, and I wanting layers and wanting to experience with shorter hair, I wasn't able to indulge in the growth! Here is what my hair looks like now!
Easy to manage, but apart of me wishes I would have kept the length. *Shrugs* But it's just hair it'll grow back.
In conclusion, I fully recommend this protective style for those trying to gain length. It is low maintenance, cheap and naturally looking.
What's your favorite protective style?