I style: Crochet braids with invisible part (no knot)
I have 1-week-old crochet braids in and I just want to share how it all went down. It's not a tutorial on how to actually install the hair because there are lots out there (just type 'Crochet braids' into the YouTube search box and feast your eyes); I'm sharing the steps I took to get the style I wanted. I hope this helps!
You know how I've been whining about the harmattan and what it's been doing to my hair? It was time for hair to take cover until the whole thing blows over.
I decided on crochet braids/weave and as usual I got on YouTube for direction even though I've done this once before. I'm glad I did because I came across this method of doing an invisible parting. I never thought it would be possible with crochet braids honestly, but here's the tutorial I followed that showed it clearly:
The hair: Black (1b) Xpression Kinky Hair used previously for twists here.
Blonde (27/613) for highlights out of which I only used 7-8 pieces total.
Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner- to moisturise my hair and the extensions.
Olori Damage-Be-Gone treatment (full name contains 'deep conditioning' but I'll leave that out from now on to avoid confusion. It's a butter) - to seal both my hair and the extensions.
Tail comb for sectioning my hair.
Wide toothed comb and hair brush for detangling the pieces.
Bobby pin in place of a latch hook/crochet.
I wanted to be able to flip between a side and a centre part so I braided accordingly.
The halo braid running from ear to ear is another idea I picked up from YouTube. It allows you to add hair that'll cover any spaces visible between the cornrows.
|The invisible or no-knot part. I'm impressed with how good this method is|
It's harder to detangle hair that has been used for twists before. Whew! This is one of the reasons why it took me from 2pm on Saturday til 11pm when I slept, then 2 additional hours on sunday to complete this!
Another reason is the bobby pin struggle. I'm going to make sure I have a latch hook before I attempt another install.
Anyway, I added the blonde only when I got to the front. It was a new pack and so much easier to detangle.
When I was done the hair was biiiig, and the blonde turned out to be so pale in contrast with the black, that it looked grey! Lol. It wasn't what I planned but I was really feeling it. Heh!
I pinned it to the back on monday to make it work-friendly but after day 2 I combed out the curls. I fully intended to recurl with flexi rods but I've been loving the afro look of it so I haven't yet.
I didn't have a wash day this past weekend, I wasn't sure know how the hair would react. My scalp is so not pleased and this weekend is my limit.
I'll do another post on the reactions I got to this hair, and the ways I styled it.
Questions? Comments? Please hit me up below. :)