Two years ago, with the help of YouTube I taught myself how to do them and put them in my sisters hair. It was a hit! Everyone wanted to know "who did your hair?"
So now it was my turn. I wanted them too but I didn't have the patience to try them in my own hair and I definitely was NOT going to pay anyone $200+ to do them when I KNOW how to do them myself. So I came up with this cheaper, easier alternative...I crocheted them in.
I did Crochet Braids three times last year but I've always used curly hair. I like Curly Hair because it's soft and light but I could never keep them in longer than 2 weeks because washing them would be a problem for me. They would get matted and just not look right.
|Crochet Braids done with Freetress Water Wave Hair|
So after scouring the web, I finally found some pre-braided hair that looked like Senegalese twists HERE, braided my hair up and set to work.
The process is fairly easy once the braiding is done. I would usually braid my hair going straight back but decided on this pattern for a bit of variation.
To install the hair, you basically use a latch hook ($1 at the Beauty Supply Store) and loop the hair through the conrows. Depending on the hair used, you will have to tie a knot to ensure the hair does not slip out. The hair is used looks narrow but it's kinda thick so if you try it, make sure that your conrows are not too small.
The entire process took about 6 hours and altogether I used 10 packets of hair. It sounds like a lot but each packet only has about 20 (really long/waistlenght) braids but I would advise against cutting them in half (to start off) because they will end up being too short.
I plan on keeping them in for an entire month, but the operative word is PLAN. I tend to get bored really easy but I've already had them in for a week so that's a good start. I plan to wash them every week.
Tip: Before installing the hair, I soaked the braids in a tub of warm water containing 1 cup of vinegar. I also washed it with shampoo and added a little Olive oil (this step is optional). This helps to remove the alkaline base/coating that is put on synthetic hair during the manufacturing process. This coating is often responsible for the scalp irritation and itching experienced when wearing synthetic hair. Click HERE to watch the video.
Have you tried Crochet Braids or Senegalese twists before? Share below
Until next time