Sometimes crochet braids can be so voluminous that it’s unflattering for your face shape and in general. A lot of women resort to taking out some of the hair to tone it down a bit, but that’s not always necessary; sometimes all you need is a razor comb.
A razor comb is exactly what it sounds like a razor blade placed within the teeth of a comb. You can use it to thin out and shape your hair to fit your face without any choppy or blunt lines. For example, if you have a round face, you could comb soft, face-framing layers around your face so that the crochet curls will better suit you.
Razor combs can tone down any dramatic look and customize any crochet install to fit your desired natural look.
Leave Out Your Edges
“Protective style” and “leave out your edges” are rarely in the same sentence together, but I promise, it’s possible. In my experience, leaving out my edges was actually beneficial because it allowed my edges to be free of any tension and to be properly moisturized and cared for.
On the other hand, leaving out your edges or perimeter and blending it in with the extensions* covers up any braids that are showing as well as makes the hairline look a lot more natural.
If you do plan on leaving out your edges, make sure that you are able to blend it with the texture of the crochet braids without using any heat. That way, you’ll be able to keep your edges growing and free of any damage.
Manipulate A Kinky Texture
When shopping for braid hair, you’ll see both silk and kinky textures for the install. And most times, women who are going for a straight look buy a silkier hair. On the other hand, there are women who want their hair to look straightened or blown out so they usually go for a kinky* texture. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find a kinky straight braiding hair, so your best bet is to invest in kinky-curly hair.
When you buy a hair that is thicker and/or kinkier in texture, you can get 3 styles out of them instantly: wearing it as is, the blow out look after stretching and blow drying the hair, and straight after running the flat iron* through it a couple times. You can also curl it with hot rollers or flexi rods* or do fluffy braid outs.
By manipulating a kinky* texture instead of buying an already silky hair, you are keeping your style natural and close to your true texture.