Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Get Maximum Wear out of your Crochet Braids:My 8 week Update!



Hello Ladies! So how's your summer hair care routine going? If you have chosen to wear braid extensions then you are probably  enjoying the break, I know I am!  I've had my Crochet Braids in for exactly 8 weeks.  I am very pleased with how well the braid hair has held up. I am still getting day one compliments! So I thought  I would share some tips on how to get the most out of your Crochet Braid Protective style.  

*For those who  may not know what Crochet Braids are it is simply using a latch hook needle to attach braiding bulk hair to previously cornrowed hair.  The first step mimics a sew in weave preparation. Just choose a braid pattern that suits your hair length. Also, I only use synthetic curly bulk braiding hair.    

Installing the hair/latch hook needle used

Step One: Find a cornrow pattern that you like Step two: use your latch hook needle to feed the bulk braiding hair under the cornrow and  pull over. Secure with your choice of knotting techniques. This installation after braiding takes me about 4 hours. (You tube has countless tutorials showing you how to install crochet braids so check those out!) 
  
A Fresh  Install 

How I care for my Crochet Braids

By choosing synthetic curly hair, my style is pretty much set. I literally don't have to do anything to this hair to keep it curly.  Also by choosing a tight curl pattern I get more life out of the style. In my experience, looser curl patterns tend to tangle and mat more. The tighter curls will frizz or get occasional knots on the ends(similar to our natural hair). If I get a knot or too much frizz I simply snip it out. 

What I use on the hair: Water, S-curl no drip, or African Royale BRX Braid spray

I  use water from my spray bottle in the mornings to break the hair up. I wear my hair bound in a pineapple a night. Just like my real natural hair, this tightly curled hair clumps together. You can also break it up by simply shaking your hair.  

I use the S-curl No drip moisturizer to hydrate my natural hair underneath. I  separate the synthetic hair to expose my braids, spray liberally onto my braids and squeeze until I feel it's penetrating the braids.  

exposing new growth and braid underneath..
 S-curl no drip is primarily water, glycerin, and conditioner. The new formula also has some argon oil in it. It's very moisturizing and I like using it while I'm wearing braids because its light weight so there's very little build up if you use this.  I have also noticed that it helps keep the synthetic hair soft and detangled and does not coat the hair. Its AWESOME!  This has kept my hair looking like new for these 8 weeks.  
African Pride BRX. If you use the S-curl no drip.this spray is totally optional it can be used to moisturize your natural braids underneath and it keeps the synthetic hair smelling great! I typically grab this after I've done an ACV rinse or just want to freshen my hair after a work out because it smell really good. 

I conditioner-wash every 2 to 3 weeks..when preparing this hair for install I have it soaking in warm water, Apple cider vinegar, and conditioner so I know that I can cleanse my scalp & hair with these ingredients without harming the synthetic hair. (I would avoid using shampoo, it seems to be harsh on the hair.)

I typically will use an ACV rinse to scrub my scalp, and then follow up with a co-wash, rinsing it out in the shower. Co-washing these braids seems to bring them alive again!
Freshly Washed
  
I also use an all natural oil mix to massage my scalp, and I can't forget my  favorite The Follicle Mist by Hydratherma Naturals to keep my edges strong! And that's it. Its  really easy to keep these braids looking great, while caring for your own hair. 


Short re-cap!   Keep the hair tied up at night, keep your hair and scalp nourished underneath,work out tangles and knots as needed with S-curl no drip moisturizer,Snip when needed, co-wash as needed, shake and Go!  Done! 


8 Weeks.. and time to remove


 
Until Next Time!!!

80 comments:

TheNEW007 said...

I love it. I need a protective style right about now. Do you know how that holds up at the beach and pool?

Chan said...

Hey New007 aka as Tia on Youtube right? : ) Thanks for the compliment! I know that these do hold up in beach water.. Chlorine I am not so sure. I don't swim at all. But I frequently add these to my little niece's hair. When she went in the ocean her hair was fine. Then one yearr she went swimming in the pool at a summer camp, came back and her head looked a dry mess. So I don't know if it was because of the chlorine or if she just didn't get the chlorine out of her hair fast enough. She was 15 so that is very possible. Maybe you can do a little test and dunk some strands of your synthetic hair in the pool for several days(unattached to your head) manipulated it etc and she how it does? But, I would think the hardest part about swimming in chlorine with this style is getting the chlorine out of your braids underneath? You know what I mean?

Anonymous said...

Hi Chan, What brand and type is the hair that you have installed and how many cornrows did you put on your head?

Chan said...

Hello, I used Freetress Bohemian and there were about 14 across the top and an S braid up the back.

sky said...

What is a ACV rinse? My issue is after my sweaty workouts my hair smells sour.Any suggestions to avoid the smell that gets trapped in the braids between my hair washes?

Chan said...

Hello Sky! Its Apple Cider Vinegar and water.. 2 table spoons of ACV to 8oz of water. You can try conditioner washes to refreshen or you can do a water rinse and massage your scalp with vatika and lemmon grass oil, if you don't have those oils you can choose any fragrant oil.

Tenitrus (tenitrus@yahoo.com) said...

I love love love!! You make crochet braids look much better than they were a few years ago. Its amazing to see your hair OMG...such an inspiration. I totally need a protective style and some tips.

I chopped mine all off and now I think I may actually aquire the patience to grow this madness out and see how far it will go. I think I'm about to have you on speed dial. :)

Chan said...

Hey There Tenitrius!! Thank you so much I love wearing crochet braids they are so easy to install and take care of. Yes you are right it is a lot easier to grow out once you cut all of the relaxed hair off. Transitioning hair tangles like crazy! Sure let me know if you have any questions and as always.. I'll be waiting to hear from you : )

Africa McDaniel said...

I am so glad I found you. I am 6 weeks in today!

I am sooo in love with my hair. I get compliments on it all the time.
And the freedom from styling - MY GOODNESS - has been such a huge help. I have to be out the door at 5:45am for work to catch the train. Since I am using public transit and exposed to Mother Nature, I don’t have to worry about rainy days, humid days or windy days. I wear it up. I wear it down. I wear half of it up. I smush it under a cap or hat every now and again. It is just too easy!

I am into the hardest part of my marathon training now. My long runs will vary between 12 and 22 miles for the next 6 weeks. Last week was 16. I came home, rinsed my hair with cool water for about 5 minutes. At the base of each braid I added some shampoo and gently massaged my scalp. I ran the suds down the length of the hair and rinsed it again. Added my conditioner & oil mix while in the shower. Then got out and oiled it up nice and good. It takes a while - but the end result is fantastic.

I love how my hair has aged and puffed up. So much so that I wish I didn't have to get it re-done. But the new growth has my braids hanging to where they are about to touch my ears!

Chan said...

Africa! Oh my goodness I am so excited that you are doing so well with your hair your first time around! and 16 to 22 miles!? smh? My legs and feet are hurting just reading that! OH my goodness Africa that is beyond impressive that this is your fourth marathon! Well I am more than happy to help you keep your hair care simple during this time! Because once you finish all of that running I'm sure messing with your hair is the last thing you want to do! Keep up the good work and I will see you for your next install!

Anonymous said...

Hello Chan....your hair looks great....can you please explain 'co-wash' & clarify what you mean by-- soak in warm water/ACV/conditioned before installing-- I am going to being wearing crochet braids....but I am also on an Insanity kick and will be sweating...I want to keep a healthy scalp..... your page has been the most informative concerning maintanence of the style and for natural hair.

Chan said...

Anonymous Said:
Hello Chan....your hair looks great....can you please explain 'co-wash' & clarify what you mean by-- soak in warm water/ACV/conditioned before installing-- I am going to being wearing crochet braids....but I am also on an Insanity kick and will be sweating...I want to keep a healthy scalp..... your page has been the most informative concerning maintanence of the style and for natural hair.
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Response: Hello thanks so much for the that compliment! Co-wash is short for conditioner wash. So I mean Washing the hair with conditioner. Soaking the synthetic hair in warm water, conditioner and a little apple cider vinegar removes the alkaline base that the hair is treated in. It's just a way of clarifying the fake hair before putting it in. You lightly swish the hair around and sort of wash it. And then Just let it sit for at least 20 mins in the warm water solution. Afterwards I squeeze the excess water out of the hair before I install it. You can also cleanse your scalp and hair by doing acv rinses and cowashes while wearing the braids. I hope this helped some! Thanks!

cazzkenn said...

Hello, I'm from the UK and I love your hair...it's so hard to find stylists that do it over here. I searched high and low and am finally getting it installed on Saturday. Once It's done, I'll be back for tips on maintainance. X

Anita Robbins said...

Hello Chan,

Your hair looks great!! What is the best cornrow pattern for crochet braids if my daughter wants to be able to wear a part in the front and also put her hair in a ponytail?

Chan said...

Thanks CazzKenn for following!!

Chan said...

Hello Anita, when you say part in the front do you mean a center part or side part. If you cornrow the hair going back the hair can be parted in any direction actually. Side or middle part. If she wants to wear it in a pony tail I've found that longer hair installed atleast past shoulder length(looser texture)will allow it to go into pony tail. I have two corn row patterns that I use. The S braid up the back, and straight back cornrows in the front. OR Straight back cornrows but on a 2:1 Ratio so I sort of braid two cornrows into one big one(on that row)in the back. So for example if you have 10 cornrows in the front you will have 5 in the back and sew down the tails

Juliette said...

Hi! do you cut the hair before you install it or do you install it at the length that it is?Also, how many pack of hair do you use?

Alternative Medicine said...

Even at eight weeks it still looks so fresh. love it.

Jossetta Watts-Johnson said...

I love all the information that you give here. However, I'm curious to know, does washing your hair with the braids in cause hair to mat when dry? And how would you protect you hair from matting?

Chan said...

Hello Josette, No my hair has never matted. I only leave the hair in for a max of 8 weeks. Washing it max of 4 times. I don't wash with anything harsh or that would strip and cause it to dry out. typically just apple cider vinegar and water, or a conditioner wash.

ellehale said...

Thank you so much. Your articles are by far the most informative. I'm having my crochet braids done in a few days. I think I prefer human hair, any pros/cons for human vs. Synthetic?

Chan said...

Hello Elle! Thank you so much for reading. Human hair with crochet braids. The biggest con, is that the knots slip easily. The hair is very silky and you have to use very small pieces and maybe even use glue to help the knots stay put. (I have tried a human hair blend and it was okay, still a bit slippery and was more time consuming to install. I also had to use spritz to help the knots stay put?) Also human hair is a little more expensive and with crochets the hair is cut out when you're done with the style. You can't save it? So that is a con for a lot of people. If you prefer Human hair you can try it and see how it works for you. But I typically will suggest that women try tree braids instead of crochets if you are wanting to use a nice human hair.

Pro's for synthetic: I prefer Synthetic hair because it holds the curly style for 6 to 8 weeks and is low maintenance,, it also holds the knots very well. Cons: is depending on which pattern you choose it can tangle on you sooner than you'd like. In my experience the tighter curl patterns last the longest without tangling too badly.

Fyi on Human hair. I have seen a couple you tube vids on using Human Hair for crochets and mostly all of them talk about using nail glue to hold the knots. But their hair does look nice? So you'd have to decide if it was worth it to you. Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

In the past every time I wash my hair with braids, they fall out or slip off. Will this happen with this style?

Chan said...

Anonymous 3/4 at 3:55 P.M. No these don't slip at all because they hair is double looped over the cornrow and then double knotted. I have never lost any hair when washing with crochet braids. Just make sure that the strands you put in are not to thick, the thicker strands tend to slip immediately so you'll know if it has the potential to come out.

Anonymous said...

Is this style able to be placed in a high ponytail?

Chan said...

Hello Anonymous on April 10th...Yes it can get into a high ponytail but due to whatever braid pattern you choose it may not be that flattering to look at around the edges without wearing a wide headband. I have seen one ponytail braid pattern for Crochets on youtube you can look into that.

Anonymous said...

Loving your hair, I would be a "first-timer", quick questions:
1. how did you achieve the look in the front without the braiding or cronrow showing? I usually pull my hair back sometimes.
2. i have natural hair now - any suggestions for hair brands? I love the big full curls though-
3. anything important i really need to tell my sytlist in order to achieve my desired look?

Chan said...

Hello Anonymous...My braids are close together in the very front. Also my hair had grown out some in these photos so that will help cover the parts. I like Freetress the tighter curl patterns in the line. Bigger full curs you can try the GoGo curl.. Waterwave also gives a chunkier curl look. Good luck!

Beks said...

Hi Chan, how many pack of free tress did you use and did you cut it before installing? Ta

Chan said...

Hello Beks! I used 2 bags and yes it was cut in half first.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chan, your hair looks great. Please can you explain S braid?

Chan said...

Hello Anonymous: S Braid.. Its been so long since I wrote this I had to remember why I used that description. Some people also refer to it as a snake braid up the back of your head. So part and braiding at the nape and then connecting the braid on the edges as you part and make your way up the back of your head.

Chan said...

Anonymous cont'd does that make sense. I'm sure if you put the term into youtube it will pop up!

Anonymous said...

Hello! I am a huge fan of your blog! I love crochet braids. I have installed them twice. However, I am having a problem with the knots slipping out, even after letting them soak in ACV & conditioner. I don't feel like the knots will hold while washing. Any tips? Is there a specific YouTube video you refer to? Does the Freetress brand offer a different Kanekalon/Toyokalon blend than other lines (I used Nori and Femi the last two times)?

Anonymous said...

Hi! What length of hair did you use?

Chan said...

Hello the length I can't recall.. I don't think its on the pack actually? Can't be any longer than 18 inches and I usually fold it in half before feeding through.

Chan said...

Hello Anonymous aka Diane : )) .. I responded to your personal email on here. It helps if the knots are thin or small, if they are too thick the knots will not stay. I typically do a double loop and I double knot(one knot inside of the other sometimes referred to as surgical knot. I don't know much about the fiber differences between Synthetic fibers. I have only used Freetress. My knots have always been secure during washing. If yours are already slipping I can see where washing would be a concern.

Anonymous said...

I have my first latch hook braid style. I love it, but I am having a hard time keeping it looking good. It's been in for about 6-1-14 and it's not looking so hot. How can I keep it from frizzing? I used hair with a tight curl pattern. Is it good to seperate to one into 2-3 or used as is?


AD

Chan said...

Hello anonymous AD, as for the frizz it's curly synthetic hair so that s going to happen at some point. But you can minimize it by not raking through the curls overly separating curls even natural curls will cause a lot of frizz. I separate the hair once before installing to give it a natural look. if soaked in water prior to separating it can minimize the friction. As pictured in the blog photos I use s curl no drip and or the BRX braid spray to help keep the hair tangle free and smooth.

Chan said...

Hello anonymous AD, as for the frizz it's curly synthetic hair so that s going to happen at some point. But you can minimize it by not raking through the curls overly separating curls even natural curls will cause a lot of frizz. I separate the hair once before installing to give it a natural look. if soaked in water prior to separating it can minimize the friction. As pictured in the blog photos I use s curl no drip and or the BRX braid spray to help keep the hair tangle free and smooth.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Chan!! I've been using a curl activating mousse and clear gel that was recommended. In the shower I just "wash/rinse" with plain water. Is that a bad thing to do? It does revive them for a short time. Also, how ofter do you apply the products in the pic? and is this directly on the synthetic hair? I am determined to go 8 weeks with my next install!!

AD

Chan said...

Hello AD! Sure you can water rinse your hair that's I spray that BRX spray almost every morning. But its not needed. just do it when the hair feels sort of dry or look lack luster. The Scurl I used mainly after I would wash my hair to moisturize my braids underneath and to detangle the synthetic hair when needed.

If you find the mousse you are using is making the hair sticky or drying it out do an ACV rinse on the hair.. Too many products can cause it to look kind of dull or even make it stiff.

Chan said...

OH and yes AD add it directly to the synthetic hair. you can definitely make it 8 weeks! I think I went 9 once.

Anonymous said...

I love your hair. I'm trying to buy the braids online and each synthetic freetress bohemian pack is about $5. How many packs should I get to make my hair as full as yours?

LAD said...

I have been installing crochet braids myself for a year or so now.I do love this particular protective style. I have had so many compliments. I have however been using the same hair from Freetress GOGO curl. Everyone thinks it is my hair. I have been staying away from the Bohemian because I heard that it tangles but love yours so I am trying it ...I wondered how to keep it at night.I read in blog that you use a "pineapple"? would it unadviseable to twist the hair so it wond tangle at night

Chan said...

Hello Anonymous from July 6th sorry for the delay, don't see how I missed this.. Response could be too late but I alway use two packs for my hair!

Chan said...

Hello LAD thanks so much for reading my blog post! Bohemian curl really doesn't tangle badly IMO? Its all in how you take care of the hair. No twisting is ever necessary at night with the tighter curl patterns. I just keep my hair covered at night. Go Go curl definitely should be twisted at night. But with Bohemian you have to be careful to not overly frizz your curls. Too much raking through the hair will do that for sure. With Bohemian curl just shake and go or fluff and go.. spray when needed and that its? It lasts 6-8 weeks if it gets tangled just use some scurl no drip to detangle it, and then cut off any excess frizz and keep it moving! : )

Aleah Dee said...

Hello! Thank you for your detailed blog! I'm currently going into my 4th week with my first set of crochet braids. I used the marley hair and LOVE this style :-) Anyhow, I'm writing because I did this style immediately after having senegalese twists in (installed 2 days later). I know my hair needs some type of a rest. I was wondering if you have any suggestions as to how long of time a sufficient rest would be? Also, is there a big risk to my edges wearing this style? Please keep it real!! I appreciate your feedback, and honestly, your blog! All the best.

Chan said...
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Chan said...

Hello Aleah, Well thank you for the compliment I try to share as much as I can.. I know its helpful to me when others do that! : )

The rest in-between braid sets really is conditional to the current state of your hair. So it can vary person to person. If your edges are very weak and need to be rethickened and strengthened You may want to take at least 2 weeks minimum in between.

This will give you time to do protein treatments, henna or some kind of strengthening treatment as well as a moisturizing deep treatment on the next week. Crochet braids have never been harsh on my edges or any of my clients edges. The hair is really light so there is not weight pulling at the fine hair as other ext styles do with nape and edges. But this could also be because I don't ever braid tight. I braid securely but not tight. I think that really is the key to keeping your edges in tact. If you pay attention to them while in the style and in-between you can stay on top of them. I also use Hydratherma Naturals Follice Mist on my edges and roots while braided to reinforce strength. I hope this answers your question? Great job on making it 4 weeks thus far your first time around with your crochets braids..let me know how it goes for the next 4 weeks! : )

Anonymous said...

Hi where did you purchase your hair? and is crochet better than a sew in?

Chan said...

Hello Anonymous @ 10:12 am on 9/12! I purchase the hair at my local beauty supply stores. You can also purchase it online. In my opinion Crochets are better than sew ins because you have access to your scalp.

Also they aren't tight like most sew ins and all of your hair is protected without it looking sort of wiggy as some full sew ins can look. However, if you like high quality human hair in your head crochets are not the route to go because it has to be cut out when the 2 mos has past. Synthetic hair or a human hair blend does best with the Crochet technique.

r turner said...

Thank you for this post. I am getting crochet braids on 10/20/14. I had tree braids in the past. When I had the tree braids you could often see my corn rows. Will I have that problem with the crochet braids?

Chan said...

Hello Rturner, Nope. Just make sure your braids are close together. In the front be sure to put the strands of hair on with no spaces and you won't see your cornrows.

Chan said...

Hello Rturner, Nope. Just make sure your braids are close together. In the front be sure to put the strands of hair on with no spaces and you won't see your cornrows.

Poetic Just us said...

I have new growth near my scalp and cant cover some of the braids. What do you suggest? My install is only 3 weeks old. I dont want to remove it yet. I blow dried the hair and it exposed some of my braids underneath

Chan said...

Hi Poetic Just us! Well you can have someone else add a few new peices in the front. Look up youtube videos on how to put them in its quite simple. Or you can find a cute headband to wear over the front.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chan,
I love your hair!! Thanks so much for all of this information. I am about to get my first set of crochet braids this weekend. I have two questions: 1) What's the difference between Water Wave by Free Tress and the Bohemian?; and 2) Does you hair itch and require the weave tap while in the crochet braids?

Chan said...

Hello Anonymous: Regarding:Anonymous said...

Hi Chan,
I love your hair!! Thanks so much for all of this information. I am about to get my first set of crochet braids this weekend. I have two questions: 1) What's the difference between Water Wave by Free Tress and the Bohemian?; and 2) Does you hair itch and require the weave tap while in the crochet braids?

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Hello thanks for reading the post! I appreciate it! Waterwave Free tress, the curls are chunkier and a little looser than Bohemian Freetress. No there is no itching whatsoever. This will also depend on how tight your hair is braided.

Treasan Martindale said...

Thank you so much!! My crotchet braids were really looking tired today. I took your advice and got the S Curl "No Drip" and I am in love. It worked wonders on my crotchet braids. It smells great and it leaves the the hair feeling soft and reduces the frizz a lot! I may even try it on my natural hair when I decide to take the braids out! Thanks once again!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much!! My crotchet braids were really looking tired today. I took your advice and got the S Curl "No Drip" and I am in love. It worked wonders on my crotchet braids. It smells great and it leaves the the hair feeling soft and reduces the frizz a lot! I may even try it on my natural hair when I decide to take the braids out! Thanks once again!!

Chan said...

Anonymous May 24th @ 5;39
Awesome I am happy to hear that this worked for you. It is tried and true, thanks for coming back and posting your experience with it.

Chan said...

Treason, yes it works very well on your natural hair too! I use to use it on my two strand twists to re-hydrate when I wore them as a protective style. Your hair will be super soft.

Anonymous said...

Hello!

After washing your hair, how do you dry it? My hair is thick and normally takes awhile to dry. I don't want my hair to mildew under my crochets brsids.

Veronica Lewis said...

Hi chan, thank you so much for the tips on maintaining crochet braids. I'm a hairbraider in the Atlanta area and I've been doing crochet braids for about two years. Frizz and tangles were the biggest problem. After reading your post, I tried S Curl No Drip and I am very pleased! Thank you so much for sharing.. God bless!

Chan said...

Hello Veronica Lewis! How are you? Thank you so much for reading my blog, trying out the suggestions and getting back. I am so happy that it worked for you. I love sharing it makes us all better!

Chan said...

Hello Anonymous ( July 18th @ 9:39 pm) I always let my hair dry. I would keep a turbi twists or a T-shirt wrapped around my head until it soaked up majority of the water. You can squeeze on your braids with the Turbi twists or T-shirt to make sure it soaks up most of the excess water. But you don't have to worry about it taking a long time to dry. The braids can get air through the braid hair.

Anonymous said...

You're instructions are so clear and you are very informative. It is so much appreciated.

Janet Bethea said...

Hello, love your work. I am using Model Model Brazilian Curl. Question, could you curl the brazilian after installation? Perhaps a twisted knot or rods dipped in hot water? It is a little fuller than I wanted but it is my first time so I am rocking it regardless. Thank you.

Chan said...

@Sept6th ANonymous.. Thank you so much I try my best to share as much as I can!

Chan said...

Hello Janet thank you very much. I personally have never curled the hair. I do have a client that has done that before. With and without rods. Without rods they dipped it in hot water and it made it less "big".

PN said...

I have this hair in right now and I hate how it looks on me, it doesn't look natural and it's to much hair (I have a big head and a naturally thick head of hair but it still looks too much). I didn't separate the curls before installing the hair, so it doesn't appear to look as natural as everyone else's. I have been trying to style my hair and see how it looks with different parts but all the manipulation has done is created excess frizz in my hair and I've had it in for less than a day.
Do you think that I should separate the curls while it's in my head so as to give it more a natural look or would that just create tons of more frizz and make it much harder to maintain?

Chan said...

PN, Hi I"m sorry you having such a hard time. First you can start by cutting out excess hair so its not as big(not int he front or top but underneath) . If you spray it down with water and smooth a little echo styler gel on the strands it will smooth the frizz. But if it's already big once you separate it its going to get even bigger So be sure to cut some of the hair out first, Just make sure you cut it from areas where you know your braid underneath won't show after its been cut. Also, cut directly on the knot at the base, and pull the entire strand out while thinning it out.

Also when you are manipulating the hair don't rake through it with your fingers or nails. Just rub through it with the pads of your finger tips or fluff when needed. That will minimize how much frizz is created when dealing with it. Shaking it also helps the hair to settle for most part, then go in with your fingers to place it where you want. Again, water and some gel will calm that frizz down. And whatever frizz is left over after that, you can cut it out.

Chelesa Lewis said...

How do you keep your crochet hair from frizzing after a wash? I just got mine installed today. I'm scared to wash it when I have to but I know that I have to lol

Chan said...

Hello Chelsea Lewis. Well the biggest thing is to make sure you don't wash it with shampoo. Its too rough on the synthetic hair. (imo). They will say on the package that you can use a mild shampoo but I wouldn't want to chance stripping the hair which can dry it out and make it frizz more. Just wash it with apple cider vinegar and water (2 tablespoons of vinegar to 8 oz of water) and follow up with a(co-wash aka conditioner wash.) If you don'' rake your fingers through the curls but just squeeze the product in and squeeze the water in while rubbing the hair. It won't frizz. Afterwards it should not be frizzy, the hair actually loves water and it seem to revive it. However if you do encounter some frizz that you cant tame with the other products that I've listed on here.. You can use a little of the Olive Oil echo styler gel smooth the frizz out! Good luck you don't have to be scared! lol.

Kendra said...

Hi there! Thank you so much for this information. It is needed! Will the S Curl work for any type of crochet braids? My daughter has the brazilian. Also does this help eliminate frizz? Again I truly appreciate this blog!

Chan H. said...

@Kendra

Hello Kendra! You are welcome I share what I know! lol. I"ve never know it not to work on any of the hair types. It doesn't necesaairly eliminate Frizz it just helps to soften and detangle. You can either smooth the frizz down with alcohol free gel, like echo styler and then cut out whatever does not smooth down with the gel.

Thanks again for reading!

Denise said...

Good afternoon I just ran across your blog and I absolutely love your hair and I love to wear crochet braids I am confused after reading that you said to prewash the synthetic hair and I guess she said you can wash it as well with the ACV once it's installed is that correct would you please explain how to do that thank you for your time

Chan H. said...

@Densie Hello, thanks so much I appreciate the compliments and you taking the time to read! yes you are correct. The pre rinse is a presoak really. just a couple caps of acv to a basin full of water or(sink). I let it soak while I am braiding my hair down or atleast for 20 mins. After its installed when you want to wash your hair you can also cleanse it with an acv rinse followed by a co wash. I typically use a spray bottle with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to 160z of water. I spray each cornrow under my braids, let it sit for a few mins, and then co wash it out with a conditioner.

Unknown said...

This was just the information I was looking for. Thanks!