Soft, Natural-looking Crochet on a Budget

15:00 Sandra N.U. 9 Comments

Hey guys!
I had a crochet breakthrough last year. I found long kinky hair for cheap that looked and felt close to my natural hair. I wanted a leave-out, so it was important to me that it blend with my real hair. I probably spent hours at Ebeano Supermarket in Lekki, looking at and feeling all kinds of hair (Don't ever agree to do any kind of shopping with me).
There were a few bulk hair extensions, but they were either for an afro look or very defined, silky curls (Freetress) that would never blend with mine.
 The logical option was to get crochet twists and unravel them.
You already know the variety of crochet extensions available;
 Havana, Krochet Kulture and some lesser-known ones were too silky for my natural texture. Noble, Xpression and Naomi Boom felt tougher or just different to my natural hair. So there I was having a Goldilocks moment, looking for porridge hair extensions that would be juuuust right.

I had never heard of Bella Crochet Twists before I found it.
The twists were really tight and firm so I thought the texture would be hard until I unraveled one and ran it through my fingers. It felt closer to my natural hair than any synthetic hair I'd ever used before. No wait, Janet Collection Noir is really good too. It wasn't there though, and because of the exchange rate it costs a lot more than it used to.

Price of Bella Crochet: N1500 each. I bought two. I also bought a detangling brush to help me brush out the hair.

My braid pattern was pretty basic. I left out hair for a centre part, side part and all around the perimeter so I could put my hair up or take it straight back.The rest of my hair went back in simple cornrows.






It was so big when I was done, I trimmed off uneven ends and shaped it up, then took a bunch of happy pictures tossing my head about. It was the best time to have all this hair because I had to be in England in late autumn and I don't like cold at ALL.

 
  Maintaining it was the same as you'd do for your own hair. If I don't moisturise and braid or twist my own hair before bed, I'm risking tangles and dry hair that's difficult to manage. It was the same with the extensions. I did it along with my leave-out and had the best results. Braiding/ twisting at night also helped tone down the volume in the morning. Big hair is cute but it's a lot to handle. I'm sure human hair would be easier to manage, but this hair was really good and at an unbelievable price.





My favourite thing was my big messy bun!


I had so many women complimenting me on my really long hair and I felt compelled to tell each one that it wasn't all mine. My friend Alex couldn't believe it. "Just say thank you! Must you tell them?" I don't know guys, I couldn't help myself. What do you think? Simply take a compliment or clear things up?

I had this hair in for 4 to 5 weeks I think. After the first two-and-half weeks I didn't want to bother with a leaveout anymore so I cornrowed by leaveout to the back, retaining the centre part. the braid at my nape was hidden so I let it be, then crocheted more hair to the front.





So ladies, whatcha think? Try or pass?

Xx,
NGND

P.S My blog is 3 this month! I'm collaborating with Shanyi Organics for a giveaway. Meanwhile, you can check out their newly launched site: www.shanyiorganics.com.ng and on Instagram, @shanyiorganics
         

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