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I won a free crochet braid install at the Trials n Tresses End of Summer Bash a few weeks ago. This was my first time winning ANYTHING at a natural hair event and my first time getting crochet braids. If you want tips for wearing crochet braids as a protective style, keep on reading.
Crochet Braids Installation
The installation was done by Erna of crochethairnyc who used the Freetress Brazillian Braid hair. The process took about an hour and a half to two hours because of time. Erna did not braid my hair tight and asked many times if it was too tight and how I felt. This was a plus for me because I’m not used to anyone else doing my hair.
Crochet Braids Maintenance
I cowashed my hair after I came home from j’ourvet Labor Day weekend, using my fingertips section by section with an old Tresemme conditioner and letting it air dry after washing it out and massaging the coconut oil to my scalp. I usually get an allergic reaction to synthetic hair unless it is soaked in water and vinegar, conditioned, and air-dried, but I did not get one using this hair. It is possible because the hair isn’t directly on my scalp. Not too sure, but I’m not complaining.
I’m kind of new at this, but every morning, I use the Curls Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste or Aloe Vera gel to maintain my edges and give it a “fresh look”. After week two, I cut about 3 inches off. During the last week of installation, I had my sister cut it for me into a bob-like style. I think I liked the short hair better.
Crochet Braids Takedown
After exactly 27 days, I took the hair out; I Just missed my hair so much! The takedown was entirely too difficult for me and took about three hours the Wednesday night and 2 hours on Thursday to finish. I was told all I had to do was unbraid my hair and the loops will come out. It took FOREVER!! I wanted it all out in an hour, not 3-5.
After finally being “free”, I followed my regular regimen but used the Bee Mine product line. I’m the laziest natural I know, so I’m happy the crochet braids gave me a break from doing my hair. I received a lot of compliments on them as they got older. I do plan on getting crochet braids again. I’m not sure if I’ll get Erna to do them or try them out myself. We’ll see.
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Have you tried crochet braids before? How’d you like them?