If you are anything like me, when I first went natural my plan was to concentrate mostly on my natural hair only occasionally eying up hair extensions* as a styling choice. I’m proud to say that I stuck to my plan for the most part and even today, I tend to prefer protective styles with my own hair, no extensions* added.
One thing that I learned very early on in my hair journey, even during my occasional stint with weaves, was that the combo of straight hair extensions* with some of my own hair left out was a huge waste of time and energy.
The extension hair matched my own immediately after flat ironing but about two hours, even though my natural hair remained straight, there was a distinct difference in textures which meant another quick trip to the mirror heat tool in hand.
If my tolerance for weaves was longer than my usual 3 week period, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that if this trend had continued, I would have found myself dealing with a ton of heat damage to my leave out hair.
Thankfully though I learned my lesson and stuck with more “natural” textured weaves in which I could just do a braid out to blend my hair with the extension hair and be done with styling for the remainder of the week. Majority of my hair remained protected and even my leave out hair was benefiting from low manipulation styling, a win win situation.
Crotchet braids are great because if you do not plan to leave any hair of your own out, depending on the hair that you choose and density that you install at the top, you can get some seriously natural looking hairstyles that to a certain extent remain ‘true’ to your kinky* roots.
In this easy tutorial Jouelzy shows us how she created this gorgeous natural looking style using nothing more than a bobby pin and the extension hair. So if you have lost your latch hook crotchet needle or you don’t really want to purchase one but want to enjoy the versatility of crotchet braids, then watch on!
Originally posted 2013-12-24 20:00:16.