Thinking about crochet braids? Here are some things that you may not know, that will help make your first DIY installation easier and give you the best possible outcome:
Sadly, not all brands are created equal
We would like to think that all brands are essentially the same but they are not. Some brands are more tangly and harder to work with than others. Crochet braids are an easy DIY style, but when you use the wrong hair it can make the detangling and styling process bothersome.
You can find a list of our favorite brands of crochet braid hair here.
Your braid pattern matters
Consider how you want your hair to fall. For instance, if you typically have a side part, then you will want to make sure your braid pattern is swooping to side so it is framing your face the way you like it to.
You don’t have to use a crochet hook
If you don’t have a crochet hook, don’t worry there are two other alternatives that many of you may already have in your home. You have the choice of using a bobby pin or a hair beader. I have used the bobby pin technique and it works great. Crochet hooks are fairly inexpensive if you wan’t to use one, but if you don’t feel like getting one you really don’t have to.
An overview of how to use a bobby pin for crochet braids
How to use a hair beader
Space your sections out
Especially if you are going with Marley Hair, the hair is already full so you definitely have room to space out each section that you do to avoid the style from becoming overly full.
Detangle the hair before installing and upon completion
Especially if you are going for a curly look and you are using marley hair you will want to detangle prior to adding to your hair to make the detangling process easier. Use a denman brush to help remove tangles, you can also add a small amount of product to give you some slip.
Make sure you have the right type of roller
Sponge rollers and flexi rods will not do. They hold too much water and they will not give you the definition you are looking for. Go for perm rods or a smaller sized plastic roller. Smaller size rollers will give you that nice spiral effect and give you the appearance of a twist out style.
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