Thursday, March 1, 2012

Protective Style: Crochet Braids!

My New Protective Style!


Hello Everyone! It's March Already?  Wow.  Here in Texas we didn't have much of a winter,  It was in the 80's today and we hung out in the 70's for most of February.  So what am I protecting my hair from?  ME!!  lol. I flat out enjoy the break from the daily manipulation.  Truth is,  I don't need a special season to go into a long term protective style. It is whenever I want a break from doing my hair!   
 
For most of you who've followed me or this blog, you know braids have always been my favorite long term protective style, but because my hair has grown a lot longer I had to let go of my love for curly individual braids.   But when I started to  notice this "new way"(well  new to me!) of doing crochet braids, I had to try them out,  and I LOVE Them!  They are a lot simpler to install on my self than individuals and are not as time consuming.    Before going into braids  I deep conditioned, moisturized, added a leave in, heat protectant and did a "tension method" blow out.  When blow drying I used medium heat and didn't blow dry straight, just enough to stretch to prevent tangles when braiding. 

blow out..tension method
  I then added cornrows to my hair. This was the first time that I've added cornrows to my hair since being 100 % natural.  Not as quick as adding them to relaxed hair, but  I got through it!  : )  
  
After adding my cornrows, I pinned my braids upward and crocheted  my curly synthetic braiding hair. I then cut and shaped it!  
 

Not bad for my first crack at adding any kind of extensions to my own hair, I'm loving this braid style because it looks very  natural.  

I'm excited because my hair thrives in braided protective styles, and this one has lower risks of damage because the hair is crocheted onto my cornrows,(which are not tight) I can still style the hair without worrying about any of my hair or edges being pulled.  I will probably do these throughout the spring and summer off and on...with regular Ayurvedic and deep conditioning treatments in between.  If you are local, and  want to know how you can achieve this style, please look me up at Styleseat.com/healthyhappyhair.com

Until Next time.. Keep it Healthy and Happy!  


29 comments:

Anonymous said...

That looks great! What hair did you use?

Angela said...

What hair did you use for your braids? It looks great.

Anonymous said...

what brand hair did you use for the braids?

Chan said...

Hello Ladies I'm so sorry for the delay, thanks for stopping by! I used Freetress, Bohemian Curl.

Meka Butler, DD said...

This is wonderful! I have been so afraid to get my hair braided because I have heard so many horror stories....and I cant braid my own hair (with extentions) so this seems like an option for me this holiday :-)

Anonymous said...

Is this bulk hair

Chan said...

Anonymous: Is this Bulk Hair

Hello Yes it is Bulk Braiding Hair.

Chan said...

Hello Meka, Yes this is simple with minimal risk of breakage, you should try them!

Anonymous said...

I love this style, but I have grey/silver hair - would it be difficult to find hair?

Anonymous said...

Hello, what did you use to maintain the curls/hair? The lady at the salon told me to spray water on it once a week and hairspray for curly hair

Chan said...

Hello Anonymous, yes spraying water does work well. I also used the African Royale BRX braid and extension spray:http://www.houseofbeautyworld.com/afrobrxbrexs.html?gdftrk=gdfV2786_a_7c912_a_7c7402_a_7cafrobrxbrexs&gclid=CJeOgbyZu7QCFYKPPAodPTYASQ it has a nice slipperly element in the formula and kept the hair soft and minimized frizz.

Anonymous said...

I love this look i wanted too try crochet braids but i was afraid of how it would look, thanks too you i have decided too go for it. Great job on the hair looks good on you

Chan said...

Thank you! And yes many are surprised with how natural crochets braids look! I love them! Enjoy your hair style!

Anonymous said...

I've done crochet styles before, and it is definitely a great method. I've never used bulk hair though. May I ask, how long you kept this style up? May I add, this fits you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chan trying to find the freetress bohemian curl for braiding hair. I only found the tracks is this the same. Please help. Love the look.

Chan said...

Hello Anonymous! Yes It is freetress Bulk bohemian Bulk 20 inches. If you need an image of the pack.. Just google the name that I listed above. Hope you find it! If not you can always purchase offline. Godbless!

Chan said...

Hello Regarding this comment:

Anonymous said...
"I've done crochet styles before, and it is definitely a great method. I've never used bulk hair though. May I ask, how long you kept this style up? May I add, this fits you."

March 9, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Hello Anonymous I am so sorry that I missed this comment! I kept this for 5 weeks, However! I have a new set that has been in for 8 weeks. Its all in how you take care of it. Thank you so much for the compliment!

Anonymous said...

Thank you.I look forward to this look.

Lamichele said...

Hi Chan it looks great!! How many packs of hair?

Chan said...

Hello Lamichelle, Thanks! I believe it was 2 or a little over 2.

Lamichele said...

I have searched the beauty supply store today and could not find it. I am going to orderd it. I will let you know how it turns out

Chan said...

Yes this one is a little harder to find on the ground. Check out Blackhairspray.com they have quick deliveries. Yes please let me know how you like the style, Good luck!

Anonymous said...

How do you tie it down or keep the braids up, so it doesn't get flat?

Chan said...

I put it in a pineapple at night, with a scarf.(Pulling all of the hair to the crown of my head and then tie the scarf on.)

Sabrina Grant said...

Did you separate the hair prior to installing it? I have crochet braids, but we separated it when installing. I am going to try this one next. I love the look and the curl pattern. Did you wash your hair at all while it was installed?

Anonymous said...

Hi Chan,
I love the style! Dus you separate the strands before applying them? Did you wash your hair with this style? Can you go swimming? Thank you!

Chan said...

Hello Sabrina and Anonymous! Thanks for stopping by and reading, sorry for the late response. Yes I do separate my hair out before installing it, and I do wash it while wearing. I don't use shampoo to wash. Typically its a co wash, or I will use apple cider vinegar and water. I don't swim much, so I can't personally vouch for how the synthetic hair would hold up. I would probably be leary of Chlorine water. Salt water pools should be perfectly fine.

Anonymous said...

Lovely! How did you crochet with the Free Tress without slipping? Crochet then braid? If so how far did you braid?

Fanatiqueof said...

I am rocking crochet braids right now and I love it. This was my first time and I think I will do it again.