Use Shea butter* or creamy moisturizer to soften tough hair
If you are using straight, wavy, or loose curly hair, you may not need to use too much of a product to avoid weighing the hair down.
But if you are planning on using Marley, Cuban twist, or Havana hair, try using a bit of cream or Shea butter* to help loosen the tangles and to soften the hair.
You don’t need too much for each section, but it surely helps out when detangling and styling the hair.
Your braiding pattern is VERY important
Remember that photo for your hairspiration? Look at the style thoroughly and determine what braiding pattern you should do. If the style has bangs, you should do the beehive braiding pattern. I
f you can put the style in a bun or ponytail, you should have some leave out around the edges. If you are planning all kinds of styling options for your crochet braids, you should do a vixen braiding pattern.
Knowing and doing your braiding pattern correctly will determine how you are to crochet your faux hair in as well. Not all braiding patterns are for every style.
Have your latch hook needle ready. Better yet, have 3 latch hook needles ready. Even if you prefer to do a crochet braids install with a beader or a simple bobby pin, have a few of those tools on deck. You may be in the groove and break your tool…with no back up.
I cannot stress to you enough that you don’t want to be half way done, your latch hook needle breaks, and you are struggling with your bobby pin that you have never practiced with. Be prepared for anything.