Thinking about a crochet braid style for your next protective style? We have 6 tips and tricks to make your life a little easier:
Buy Hair On A Weft
The whole point of crochet braids is to crochet the extensions* to your braids. However, some women want the look without doing all of the work; the next best thing is to buy the same type of crochet hair on a weft! Some hair brands like Bobbi Boss and FreeTress offer weft hair that is the same texture as any braid hair you’d crochet with.
The benefits of doing both weave* and crochet are that you don’t have to worry as much about filling in gaps because all of the hair is correctly spaced due to the weft. It also is a faster way to achieve a fuller look without all of the extra hair. You can also weave* the hair in and use the crochet method to create a natural-looking closure* for your install.
Invest In Hot Rollers
Unless you buy your hair already curled, you’ll have to use a synthetic-hair friendly curling method to change your look. The most common way to curl crochet braids is to dip flexi rods* into boiling hot water; this way, it curls the hair without damaging it.
However, you can still use low heat to curl! While curling wands* and irons may still be too much for synthetic hair, you can try hot rollers. Hot rollers are better than curling irons* because as time goes by, they lose their heat which not only allows the hair to set but it decreases the chance of the hair burning.
If you want big, bouncy curls on hair that was a kinky straight or blow out texture, then hot rollers are perfect for you.
Spray On Illusion Roots
For most crochet styles, the illusion of roots isn’t necessary because the hair is usually so curly and/or textured that it blends smoothly. However, when you’re rocking a hair color that isn’t a natural black or brown, it tends to look less realistic at the root because of the contrast between your hair and the crochet braids.
Regular hair dye can burn through synthetic hair and some hair brands don’t have ombre braid hair, so if you want “illusion roots” or even a full blown ombre, try a spray on hair color. It’s quick, easy, temporary, and most importantly, it washes right out so you don’t have to worry about it getting on your real hair.
The roots make it seem like it’s growing right out of your scalp and will also camouflage any knots that are super visible when wearing a light/bright color.