How do I prepare my hair for an installation of crochet braids?
Wash your hair with a sulfate free moisturizing shampoo. Condition with a deep conditioner. Treat with a leave-in conditioner with protein to strengthen and fortify the hair. Detangle and blow dry.
I have a relaxer, can I wear crochet braids?
Yes! Crochet Braids, like any other protective hairstyle (weave or individual braids), requires braiding of your natural hair whether it's relaxed or chemical free. However, relaxing your hair can cause damage if used improperly. Installing braids on the back a relaxer or any chemical process can cause serious damage and your hair in a weakened state. I recommend waiting a week or two after a relaxer while fortifying with protein and moisturizers before the crochet braids is installed.
How many packs of hair will I need for a crochet braid hairstyle?
The number of packs of crochet hair you need is determined by what type of hair you choose to have installed and how you want it styled (long, short, full, or thin). During your consultation or upon scheduling an appointment, we will discuss how much hair to purchase based on your style you choose.. The number of pack you purchase will vary from style to style.
Can braiding hair be added to the cornrows?
Yes! I always add braiding hair to the cornrows to take stress off the natural hair.
Will I need a consultation before getting crochet braids installed?
A consultation is optional though highly recommended. In your consultation we will discuss what you are looking for and how I can be of service to you in helping you achieve that look. At this time I can examine your hair to make sure it is healthy enough for braiding and take a mental note of what braid pattern I will use to give you your desired look.
What kind of hair do I need for crochet braids?
The best hair for crochet braids is synthetic hair made for crochet installations. That is hair that is not attached to a weft or track as with weaving hair. Most brands are starting to put "crochet hair" on their packaging to make it easier to identify, but in truth you can use any synthetic hair that is folded or pre-looped.
What is the best brand of hair for crochet braids?
That will be a different answer for each person, since every person has different standards and varying ideas about what looks good to them. However, the quality of hair does matter. Low quality synthetic hair will get you lack luster results. Most brands of crochet hairs can have high and low quality hairs within them so do your research before our choose a style.
I want crochet braids, but I don't know what style to get?
There are a variety of styles you can wear with crochet braids. Some people get overwhelmed with the selection of crochet braid hair options. If you've never had crochet braids before, I recommend you do a little research online to see what other crochet braid hairstyles are most appealing to you. This approach may relieve some of the anxiety created from trying to choose a crochet braid hairstyle that best fits your features and personality. Start your search in the Creative Crochet Braids Gallery to see if you can find inspiration from any of the the styles I've created. The type of crochet hair I used is included in the description of each picture so it makes it easier to order, You can also explore other crochet hairstyle inspirations to create a crochet braid look for you. After you've had your installation of crochet braids installed you will become much more comfortable playing with different crochet braid styling options.
Will I have visible parts in my head?
No! My specific crochet braiding technique gives you a braid pattern that give you ample coverage of your cornrow base. There are also other crochet braiding techniques that hide the crochet parts as well.
What kind of volume or fullness will I have with crochet braids?
Keep in mind that crochet braids means volume, However, there are ways to reduce the volume by the braid pattern or thinning techniques. However, We will discuss how full you want your hair in your consultation so you know how much hair to purchase. One of the benefits of having crochet braids is if are unhappy with the volume of your hairstyle after an installation you can remove or add as much hair as you need to achieve your desired look.
How do I maintain my crochet braids?
Wear a satin scarf or bonnet to bed each night to keep hair looking fresh. Treat synthetic or human hair with a moisturizing spray for human/synthetic hair to prevent tangling, dryness, and frizzing.
How do I treat my scalp and natural hair with crochet braids?
Moisturize a few times a week to prevent your scalp and natural hair from becoming excessively dry. Use a conditioning spray for human hair or you can make your own conditioning spray with different oils and water to keep your hair moisturized. Spray directly on the scalp between the parts on your cornrow base and repeat weekly. Be careful not to use too much moisturizer as it will clog your pores.
Can I wash my hair with crochet braids?
Yes! An easy way to wash your hair with crochet braids is to use diluted shampoo and a leave in conditioner. Mix shampoo and water in a spray bottle. Spray your cleansing mixture directly on the scalp between the parts in your cornrow base. Massage your entire scalp to release any dirt and/or product build-up. Rinse hair, then spray a leave-in condition on your scalp. Finally, seal in moisture with an oil (coconut, jojoba, olive, etc.) of your choice.
How long will my crochet braid style last?
Crochet braid hairstyles last between 4 to 8 weeks or longer depending on the intricacies of your braid pattern, quality of hair installed, and your maintenance routine. Since crochet braids are a long term protective style, be mindful that your natural hair needs care as well. Leaving your hair braided longer that 8 weeks can increase breakage of your natural hair.
How do I remove my crochet braids?
The easiest way to remove crochet braids is to cut them down close the base of the cornrows just above where the knot is tied. Be careful not to cut the natural hair in your cornrow base. Saturate your hair with an oil of your choice (jojoba, olive oil, etc) to aid in slippage and reduce breakage of natural hair. Leave the oil in your hair for at least 30 minutes or longer so it penetrates the braiding hair and your natural hair. Unravel your cornrows, the remaining braiding hair should slip out.