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In this post, I’m going to be talking about how I look after my crochet braids. Since I decided to stop religiously relaxing my hair almost two years ago, crochet braids have been a Godsend. There are so many different styles to choose them and they are very easy to install (check out YouTube tutorials) so here is how I look after mine (with some words of wisdom to making your crochet braids last as long as they can)…
1) Try not to tie your crochet braids up all the time
2) Ensure your cornrows are small-medium size so they can keep your braids in place for longer
3) If you are a crochet braid newbie, look for hair from brands that comes with a loop or has ‘suitable for crochet braid’ or something along those lines on the packaging.
4) Feel the hair! Just like you would do if you are buying weave, open the packet and feel the hair to determine whether it’s good quality or not. Always feel the hair before you buy and read reviews too!
5) When you go to sleep, keep your braids down. Try not to sleep with them tied up as this can create tension which may leave you with a headache.
6) If you are doing crochet braids for the first time, use a mirror. I’ve been doing this for almost two years now and I still use a mirror.
7) Oil your scalp! I have bought a bottle which comes with a nozzle and I’ve put my favourite oils in it (olive, castor and jojoba) and I oil my scalp twice a week. Braids and a itchy head are a irritating combination so look after your natural hair while it’s in its protective style.
8) Research different styles and decide what will work for you. You may want curly hair crochet braids or Senegalese twists. Whatever you decide to do make sure you are happy, especially if you are getting them installed by a hairdresser.
9) Try not to be too forceful with your braids because as time passes, the cornrows will loosen and they won’t be able to hold your braids. So if you do want to tie your braids up, make sure you don’t do it too tight.
10) Buy an extra pack. So if 5 packs per head are recommended, buy 6. You may actually decide to go for a more fuller look so having an extra pack will stop you making another visit to the hair shop.
11) Treat your crochet braids like you would a weave. Don’t put too much spray or leave in conditioner on them because the hair will get tangled. Just use a small amount no more than once or twice a week.
I hope these tips have been helpful and feel free to share any that you may have.