Protective Style: Crochet BraidsApril 06, 2013
For about the past six months or so, I've been rocking crochet braids. It looks like a weave, but it's really not. Basically, you cornrow your hair straight back (maybe do a slight angle on the sides) and then use a crochet hook to latch-hook the bulk hair. I use six packs of the Bobbi Boss Afro Twist ($3.99 each at my local bss) for the longer length that I've been rocking lately, and three packs when I had it shorter. I like it a lot better than the Freetress Water Wave. I found that the hair was too soft and the tangles were unmanageable.
It takes my stylist about an hour and a half from beginning to end, and I usually keep them in for four weeks max. At night, I put the hair in big twists and put on my bonnet. The only thing that sucks is that you can't wash your hair while wearing this style, so you'll have to resort to cleaning your scalp by some other manner. I spray the hair every morning with Wet-N-Wavy detangling spray. It keeps the hair soft, detangled and doesn't cause a lot of product buildup. On my scalp, I use coconut oil or castor oil to keep my natural hair moisturized. It's a great style for people who are transitioning, want all their hair protected, or for those who just want to add some fullness to their own hair.