So ladies, and gentlemen maybe, I don’t know, I don’t judge. Anyway I recently discovered a hot new hair trend called crochet braids which I was super freaking excited about. Wait, was is the incorrect word, I am still super freaking excited about them but totally bummed that they just don’t work for my hair (insert crying face emoji here). It’s okay though because I am here to tell you that they might just be your new favorite style, so you can thank me after you finish reading this post.
WHAT ARE CROCHET BRAIDS?
Did you ever as a child make one of those latch hook rugs that comes in the pack from Wal-Mart? You know with the frame pattern, all the little pieces of yarn, and the little crochet hook and you make a rug of Snoopy’s face or something equally as embarrassing. That is basically crochet braiding except it is way cooler to have nice hair rather than an ugly shag rug. So let me lay this out for you step by step, the hair not the rug. You will need, a latch hook, your hair of choice (my head required 7 packs), braiding hair (optional) rubber bands, weave needle and thread, and some common sense which for some of you the last one might be hard to find but I have faith in you.
Step 1: Pick your braid pattern! I personally chose the vixen braid pattern, since it is extremely versatile and allows for my favorite, a middle part, and most importantly you can put your hair up!
Step 2: Braid your hair, or if you’re as lazy as I am find someone else to do it. I then suggest you use a little bit of tea tree oil on your scalp. It is a natural antibacterial oil, and will help maintain a healthy scalp and clean hair while you are wearing your crotchet braids. It will also help with any itching or dryness you may have, because those dry white flakes all over your little black dress are not a good look. Once your hair is braided take your needle and thread and sew your braids down, or have whatever shmuck you talked into doing your hard work do it for you.
Step 3: The fun part! Get your hook ready and your hair! I used FreeTress hair in the water wave curl pattern for my look. When you begin you are going to take your latch hook and push it underneath the section of the braid you are inserting the hair to. You are then going to take a lock of the hair and fold it to your desired length, insert the loop into the hook, make sure the latch is closed and pull the strand of hair through. After that take the strand and feed it through the loop to create a knot. Separate the hair into two strands and knot the hair once more and tighten to secure. After you repeat this step about a million times to cover each braid you’ll be done, you might have a hand cramp, but your hair will be on fleek so who cares.
MY CROCHET BRAID EXPERIENCE
So as I said before I am super excited about the crochet braid phenomenon BUT for me personally I just cannot have them (sad face). When I attempted crochet braids I learned several things, one of them being that at some point I have to stop denying the fact that I am mostly a white girl. Yes everybody, I am half white and half Asian but I would so totally kill to have African American hair. That being said, the look of my crochet braids had me feeling myself more than Nicki and Beyoncé combined, but the down falls eventually outweighed the importance of appearance. My scalp itched so bad I regularly stuck a pencil in my hair to make the suffering go away, and my braids after a few days loosened up even with the braiding hair in there to reinforce, so the entire style started to fall apart. It’s okay though don’t let my experience deter you! The concept of crochet braids is amazing and in my opinion one of the best protective styles out there. If you can wear a traditional sew in weave you can handle crochet braids for sure and they are even safer for your natural locks. Can I also mention if you’re a fan of individual braids or box braids that the crochet braid method can be used to install pre braided hair as well? You are very welcome! I wish someone had let me in on that little secret before I sat in the braiding shop dying of dehydration and starvation for 9 hours while two very loud women who did not speak English pulled and yanked on my hair causing major neck spasms. So basically the bottom line is crochet braids are a YAY not a nay, they are a great protective style, or a great way to change your hair color with out being permanent or a way to change up your hair texture. Oh and if you are a white girl like me who loves to experiment (with your hair) and you’re as stubborn as I am and you still want to give this style a try, DO IT! I suggest you reinforce your cornrows with braiding hair, and make sure your braids are neat and tight, but not so tight they hurt your scalp and do not yank too hard on your braids while attaching the hair. Our hair is much thinner and finer than African American hair and if braided to tightly extreme breakage can occur, and then the only option you’ll have left is to pull a Britney and shave your head, so please take my advice. Most importantly do not forget to share your experience with the rest of us!