The key to preserving any protective style is making sure that you maintain it properly, and crochet braids are no different.
While Marley hair closely resembles our natural hair, it can become tangled easily, causing the look to become a little messy.
If you want to stretch your crochet braids past the first month and onto weeks five and six, you have to make sure you care for the hair every day. Night time maintenance is an important piece to this. These tips should help you make the most out of your crochet braids.
Part the Marley hair into sections. Make sure to fully finger detangle your hair from ends to root. The ends of Marley hair can become the most tangled, so try to gently work your way through it. You can also use a light oil to help you works through the knots. If you notice after a while that the tangles are too hard to work through, cut a little of the Marley hair length.
After detangling one section, gently create a two strand twist. You don’t have to use any extra product: depending on how your crochet braids are styled, this two strand twist will preserve the curl.
The number of twists that you create is up to you, but it can be anywhere between four to eight medium to large twists. After making the twists, tie on a satin scarf and place a satin bonnet* over your head.
The next day, gently unravel each twist. Make sure that the ends of each twist are completely separated to prevent further tangling for the next night. It’s as simple as that!
If you’ve done a perm rod set with your crochet braids, you probably don’t feel comfortable detangling and twisting. Instead, simply gather the Marley hair upwards into a pineapple and wrap a satin scarf around your head. Take everything down in the morning, shake, and go!
You can make your Marley hair and crochet braids stretch for a long time as long as you make sure to take care of it. And like every other style, make sure to care for your hair underneath by washing, moisturizing, and sealing often. What are your tips for preserving your crochet braids?