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Hairstyle 1: Crochet Braids – Water Wave (and other bulk hair)

Protect it. Love it. Protective styling generally refers to…you guessed it…protecting your natural hair. Since afro-textured hair is actually pretty fine (for the most part) and fragile, it needs a break every now and again. Protective styles protect your ends from the elements and from drying out. Crochet braids are my favorite go-to protective style. ¬†They are easy to do and (most importantly for braids) easy to take out. And individuals with practically any length hair can wear them. Bonus: they take less than half the time to put in than traditional box braids, micros, or Senegalese! PLUS, you can try a variety of styles with crochet. What are crochet braids?¬† Crochet braids are not to be confused with tree braids, which take a little longer to put in. ¬†Basically, your hair is in cornrows, braided all the way back. ¬†If your hair is long, your ends are tacked up. ¬†There are two basic options after this process is done. ¬†1) You may choose to crochet synthetic/human hair bulk hair through your cornrows or 2) …