By Alecia James Monday, October 20, 2014
I'm rocking braids in the pic above. Crochet braids to be exact! Bet you couldn't tell. So how did this all start? The thing is I barely wear hair extensions but I decided to give it a shot considering my ongoing bout with hair breakage, and that an effective protective style has the potential to work wonders with my ongoing fight.
I visited the Holy Grail of video collections (YouTube) one night, searching for something totally unrelated, and the top recommended videos for me were some awesome crochet braid styles. And you know what happens when you watch a YouTube video, you suddenly become lost in time, and in a few hours after studying multiple channels on this subject, I was confident I was equipped with the know-how to style my own hair.
But this was my first time and I was somewhat shrouded in a cloud of incertitude of what the final outcome would be. Would it turn out right? Four packs of Marley hair, a pair of weary arms and sleepy eyes, and about six hours later, I had a head full of crochet braid extensions. This would be my protective style for the next 6 weeks.
This post is not exactly an "how to" on achieving crochet braids; there are tons of YouTube videos to guide you. In short, I braided my hair in medium sections from front to back, and then attached strands of Marley hair extensions using a crochet latch hook. Finally, I cut and shaped the hair to achieve my desired look.
There were many awesome videos online, but I immediately fell in love with The Chic Natural's demonstration, a very beautiful and talented sister. As it turns out, my hair looked nothing like hers. I used a lot more hair, and attached the strands closer so the result was more voluminous hair. After laboring all night, the next day there was just hair galore. There was so much hair that there was no way I could curl it all. For the first week or so, I wore it in a fro, which I rocked and embraced to the core.
Variety is the spice of life right? My next challenge was to introduce some curls and spice things up a bit. It was pretty simple, but admittedly very time-consuming since there was so much hair. I twisted the hair into small sections, knotted the ends and then dipped these sections into hot water. When the hair was dry, I separated the twists and fluffed for more volume.
Take shameless selfies for your Instagram posts.
How was my first time applying hair extensions? Love, love, love. I especially dig the versatility offered by this option, and crochet braids might just be my go-to protective style. There was no "leave out" and I styled it in a way that many people had no idea I was wearing crochet braids. Isn't that the whole point of extensions, to make them inconspicuous? From a fabulous fro to bouncy curls, yet another moment that calls for hair celebration.
I decided to re curl my hair at 4 weeks and the outcome is shown below.
Just a side note that you should never ignore your hair underneath while wearing extensions. I still washed and moisturized, and the great thing was that the crochet braids still gave me unobstructed access to my scalp.
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