Friday, September 12, 2014

Style Files: Crochet Braids

I change my hair very often, but I must say that protective styles are what works best for me. I have tried it all: weaves, wigs, braids, twists etc. As much as I love my natural hair, it has become very difficult for me to find the time to style it as much as I used to. For this reason I decided to return to my favorite protective style: crochet braids. This is the third time I have had crochet braids installed. I have previously used Model Model Glance "Water Wave" hair which I absolutely loved! I left a small portion of my hair out in the front and it blended perfectly with my twisted out 4c hair. This time around I decided to use marley braiding hair for more versatility. I used Janet Collection Noir Afro Marley Hair in the color 1B which I purchased from Ebay for about 5 dollars a bag. Unfortunately, I do not know how to cornrow my hair very well, so I had my stylist install the crochet braids for me. I have about 14 straight back cornrows and 2 and a half bags of hair were used.

 Shortly after the installation of the braids, I went home and sectioned the hair. I applied Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner and then brushed each section using a paddle brush. I rolled the hair in about 2 inch sections using pink and orange perm rods as shown below. Lastly, I dipped each perm rod in hot water for about 15 seconds making sure to dry access water off with a towel. I slept in the perm rods overnight and spritzed my hair with Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Hair Sheen the following morning and below are the final results. This is by far my favorite crochet braid style! Over the next several weeks that I wear this style I plan on experimenting with different sizes of perm rods and creating different looks.



  1. How did you dip your perm rods in hot water when they are so close to your scalp?

  2. Did you leave any of your hair out with this style?

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  4. What was your nightly routine for maintaining this style?

    1. I put my hair in a pineapple using a large hair elastic and a silk scarf in order to preserve the curls.