Faking an afro: Crochet with Noble Kinky Bulk Hair

01:29 Sandra N.U. 24 Comments

       

     Hello my people! Been a while right? I think I burned out. Anyway...

      Noble Kinky bulk hair has been around for a while. It looks like natural hair- tight curls and kinks, with frizzy areas too.

       It is commonly used for twists and they turn out very bouncy and springy. In fact that's what I bought it for. When I took out the twists, I kept the hair for faux locs but then I got another idea.

      A stretched, undefined afro has to be my favourite way to wear my natural hair. It's not the best for the health of my strands though. The ends are left exposed and unprotected, and shrinkage inevitably happens. That equals dryness, knots, tangles and breakage. Nehi.

      Hence, crochet with kinky bulk hair. An afro without the consequences. Having my cake and eating it.

 I bought two packs in colour 1b/30. One by Noble, the more popular brand; and the other by Ladystar, because there was no other 1b/30 from Noble in the store.
       Because I had used it for twists before, the hair was tangled and tough.

A lot of it was lost during detangling (I almost gave up and dumped the whole thing), but eventually it was ready.
      I braided my hair in what looked like a beehive pattern- like the picture below but with a centre part, and I left out my hair at the parting and all around the entire perimeter so I could put it up.

Source: justmiblog.com
 Mine was so rough the pattern wasn't clear enough for a picture. When I cornrow for crochet, I do it more loosely than normal so it's not pretty. Welp.
When I was done, I trimmed it into shape.


       How I styled it
Mostly out as an afro, parted down the middle.




 I didn't like the difference in colour between the extensions and my real hair, so next time I'll try to match it more closely.


 I also wore it in a puff a number of times and the colour difference worked.

Ombre puff. Heyyyyy
 I did an updo once with bobby pins but I didn't love it.

About the hair
I got it for N800 or N900 per pack after much haggling at Waterside market, Apapa. Amazing, cos it used to be half that price . It's available in the hair section of most markets and supermarkets in Nigeria.
          I used two packs, minus hair lost during detangling.
   The hair is nowhere near as soft as real natural hair. It also tangles, so everyday when you let it out of the twists/braids/bantu knots you slept in, you need to have a pair of scissors handy to cut out tangles.
That was how I cut a section of my leave-out one morning. 😒
I kept it in for only 10 days even though I really liked the style.

      Would I repurchase? For kinky twists, yes. For a 'fro, maybe. I'd like to try something softer. I once used Janet Noir collection kinky hair and it was really good. I re-used it many, many times.

Would you try this style?



Xx,
NGND



24 comments:

  1. I'm actually planning on trying this soon. Seen it on a lot of people and it looks so good and they usually keep it as a fro and it looks quite good. Love the puff
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    1. Thanks Sogie! I'll look out for your pictures :)

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  2. This is a nice look, Sandra. Do you add anything to the hair?

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    1. Thanks Uzo. I didn't put any hair product on it except any excess left on my hands after moisturising my leave-out. I just didn't think product would be much help with synthetic hair.

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    2. Thanks Uzo. I didn't put any hair product on it except any excess left on my hands after moisturising my leave-out. I just didn't think product would be much help with synthetic hair.

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  3. When I first saw "faking", I thought oh, did you fake colour with chalk or something?
    I think the colour difference works. It still looks very nice and very real! :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm seriously thinking about taking the plunge with colour so I faked it first. If only I could be more spontaneous. I'll be thinking forever

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  4. This actually looks good. But I'm so one way with my hair! Need to switch things up.
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    1. Just let me at it, lol. Just for the joy of seeing your face when I'm done

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  5. I think the color difference is really nice, looks like your natural hair in ombre.
    You should try chois kinky bulk hair, l used it once for a similar style and it didn't tangle much.

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    1. Just googled it and came up empty. Any idea where I can get it? I'll email you

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  6. Though I can't say I know anything about afros or hair in general, I think you look absolutely beautiful. The afro suits you so well!

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  7. Hi Sandra,

    This is beautiful, I like how you repurposed the noble extensions, well done.

    I also like the pop of colour, looks like a dye job without the chemicals and hair damage. Lol

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    1. That was the whole goal😊, colour without the damage until I'm brave enough. Thanks Nedu boo

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  8. This is beautiful, suits you very well.

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    1. Thank you Tessy, will check out your page.

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  9. NICE! I love Fro,s and here I am, thinking of new protective styles, I am definately going to try this!
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    1. Uju the slayer! I'm sure you'll kill it

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  10. Lovely hair style

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  11. The hair looks beautiful. I am a sucker for afro as there is something simply chic about that 60s hairstyle.

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    1. Totally chic and look-at-me. Thanks Cherish

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