I did crochet braids, once again! And I love them! I even impressed myself with these. Many have mistaken this for all of my hair, so of course I have to share with my queens how I achieved the most natural looking crochet braids. Keep reading to find out how!
I used Durban Twist hair this time around for my crochet braids. In my previous posts, you'll see that I've used Freetress Bohemian Curl for a looser textured look. I wanted something that looked more like my hair this time. Durban Twist comes in twist-out formation, and was so easy to achieve compared to using Marley hair, which I would have to twist and style myself. I found the hair in my local beauty supply store. It was super-affordable, priced at $5.99/pack. I bought four packs, but only needed to use three packs.
I flat twisted my hair to my scalp, and braided the ends of each flat twist, to make sure they were secure. I then pinned the ends of the braids up to crochet above. I left a small portion of my own hair out in the front to blend with the Durban Twist hair. The braiding took longer than me crocheting the hair, mainly because I suck at braiding lol. I also made sure to space the hair between crocheting, in order to avoid a massive afro. Altogether, I believe it took around three to four hours to finish my hair. Because the hair already comes styled, you can simply, crochet and go- which I did.
My First Outcome
The hair was too big for me. Very pretty, but overwhelming. So the next day I installed mini twists on the hair. I used clear gel to achieve this, and twisted my leave out with the hair, instead of twisting separately. After twisting, I dipped the ends of hair in boiling water by sections for 15 seconds each, and then dabbed dry with a towel. I used this method to secure the twists together.
The Twist Out
I left my hair in these twists for four days. It was very easy to separate. And since my twists were fairly skinny, I only separated the twists once to avoid tangles. And the results were amazing! My leave out blended effortlessly and the hair was so defined!
At night I lightly spritzed the hair with water (not too much because it is synthetic), and put the hair in a low ponytail. When my leave out was not up to par I re-twisted it with the Durban Twist hair, making sure to oil my hair before twisting with the weave. Then I would cover with a silk bandanna. In the morning I would gel my edges down, untwist my leave out, undo the pony, and fluff. The hair would at times tangle, but I would cut the tangles away, as I've previously done with my crochet braids.
Once the hair was becoming a little more fluffier, I re-twisted the hair again to flatten the volume. It did tangle a little more this time around, but it wasn't unbearable. I wore these twists for one day and untwisted the next morning. The hair was not as defined, but I still loved the results!
I loved this protective style and absolutely loved this hair! I will be trying this style again. I kept the style up for a little over three weeks. It could've possibly lasted longer, but my scalp needed some TLC. I definitely recommend this style for my naturalistas needing a break from styling your own hair.
Have you ever worn crochet braids? Comment below!