All posts tagged: cornrows

DIY Crochet Braids #2: Freetress Bohemian Bulk

Hi Naturels! Here’s an updated style since my very first DIY crochet braids.  I’ve decided to venture away from my signature look (the water wave) and try other bulk hair/crochet styles.   I’m thinking of making this into a DIY Crochet Braids series.  It would be great to see just how many styles I can experiment with using crochet braids, since it’s such an awesome protective style when you don’t want to do much to your hair for a couple of weeks. That being said, it will be a while before my next crochet braids post.  Some of you have asked me to post some styles for transitioning hair that don’t require completely covering it up with wigs or weave.   So I’m currently working on that series, which hopefully will be out soon! In this post, I’m featuring four weeks of crochet braids using Freetress Bohemian bulk hair. This time around, I cornrowed my hair without extensions and it turned out objectively better than my first attempt.  :-D.   Besides, my natural hair is pretty strong …

You Put Body Lotion in Your Hair?

My apologies! I really hate it when people post a topic about a particular hairstyle and forget to mention how they maintained it for the next couple days or weeks. I mean, what’s the point if I can’t maintain it and it looks like a hot mess after day 1, right?  So for that I apologize and, without further adieu, here are the following products I used to maintain my crochet braids: 1. Vaseline Total Moisture Body Lotion What?!? Body lotion???? I know what you’re thinking and calm down. Yes, body lotion! Not just any body lotion, but the good stuff that penetrates really dry skin.  Why? I’ll tell you why. Because synthetic hair, much like afro-textured hair (but more so), is one thirsty fiber! As outlined in the crochet tutorial, when installing the bulk hair, you’ll need to split it into either 2 or 3 strands. But splitting the original strand will fray it.  Coating the original strand with some deep moisturizing lotion will limit the amount of fraying that happens once split.  Even better, it acts as …

New Growth All Angles

How I Take Down Crochet Braids

Hello Naturels! It’s been 3 weeks since I installed my very first DIY crochet braids on April 20.  Let me tell ya–it wasn’t perfect. I’m actually pretty surprised it lasted more than 2 weeks as my attempt to cornrow my hair  was certainly…amateur lol.  Since the quality of the cornrows definitely determines how long the style will last, I wasn’t expecting great results.  However, since I normally only wear crochet braids for about a month, this attempt was a solid showing! From the image below, I probably could’ve squeezed another week out of the style if I so desired, since the great thing about curly bulk hair is its ability to cover up new growth: But this is what was really going on underneath lol. I would love to think that all  of that was new growth, but in truth, it’s probably a combination of new growth and slippage.  Anywho, on to the take down process (because this has got to go)! Step 1: Follow each cornrow back and cut the bulk hair close to your head, …

#SalonFail

5 Things I Learned About Hair Salons After Going Natural

If you’re transitioning to natural hair, you may have noticed that trips to the salon don’t seem quite as fun as they used to.  In fact, you might think you’re going crazy and that your stylist no longer likes you.  Well let me be the first to let you know that you are in fact NOT going crazy. If you don’t live in a particularly urban and happenin’ city, hair salons that specialize in natural hair care are few and far between.  And the stylists employed there have a natural aversion to natural hair (pun intended). My latest encounters at hair salons have taught me a couple of things and have given me ample reason to learn how to do my hair myself:  1.  You and your natural hair are an affront to their institution When I moved to the current city in which I live, the first thing on my to-do list was to find a decent salon that could do my hair (okay–maybe not the first thing, but it was pretty high up on the …

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) …