Note To Self – Never Leave Crochet Braids In For 6 Weeks And Go Swimming

woman in a pool
I’ve always heard horror stories about leaving a style in too long, but I never thought that one of those horror stories would be my story.

It all started one summer when I got crochet braids installed. I love crochet braids because it’s such an easy style, and looks totally natural. This particular summer I was working as a lifeguard, so another great thing about crochet braids is that you can swim in them.

I was swimming at least 3 times a week, on and off duty. I didn’t really think twice about it because my stylist told me that the hair will bounce right back after it dries- and it did. I didn’t really think much about my natural hair underneath because it was braided back into cornrows, so I assumed that it was perfectly fine.

Well, I was wrong. When it was time for me to take out my crochet braids, 6 weeks later, I was shocked when I realized how matted my hair was underneath.

Matted hair is the combination of attached and shed hairs entwined in clumps or weblike tangles. It’s a lot worse than regular tangles because sometimes matted hair cannot be untangled.

I didn’t really know what to do, so I immediately called my hair stylist and she told me to come in immediately. I was scared, because my natural hair had been growing like crazy, and I had too many length goals to have to cut it all off.

I was fortunate that my stylist didn’t have to cut my hair- but it did take her 3 hours to completely detangle it. She used a detangling product and a lot of patience. I was so scared that I would leave the salon bald headed. I definitely learned my lesson and will never leave a style in that long if I plan on swimming in it.


About Brittany Waddell


Just a Southern girl taking life by storm in NYC! Oh- and I'm natural too:) Be sure to check out my posts to learn some tips and tricks on how I tame my natural hair!

About Brittany Waddell


Just a Southern girl taking life by storm in NYC! Oh- and I'm natural too:) Be sure to check out my posts to learn some tips and tricks on how I tame my natural hair!

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Rosalyn Mackay

All you have to do is apply Redken Outshine Milk 01 and your hair will untangle smoothly and quickly.

T Mason
T Mason

I would have put conditioner on my roots before swimming and then use a clarifying shampoo to wash the chlorine out. Then a heavy leave in

Eri
Eri

What hair did you use?

Ashley Elaine Plummer

She didn’t take care of it. I leave mine in for up to 8 weeks, wash them weekly, so swimming etc and do not have any issues. You still have to care for your hair with any style.

Tracy Mendoza

From the title I wasn’t sure where the article was going. I thought she was going to say some came of in the water. Maybe be cause Im on my way to a funeral and I looking for some humor. But I have gone swimming with crochets and dried my hair off an never got matted. I feel like that might have been an issue with her braids underneath✌……. But for some humor one day I went to the pool and I knew better but was trying to be cute put on a wig that had not combs or clips and grabbed no Bobby pins because “I’m not getting in” but then at the pool the sun kissed my neck and blazed a trail of fire so hot I felt I like I was being sacrificed, so I got in the water. Then i said self remember “dont go under” not because you cant swim, but because you look like a different person under there. And for a while I chilled like a good lobster in the pot, but then the burning desire to prove a point took over and my short dori memory kicked in. In went Beyonce out came Ms Celie. I have pics but I dont know yall like that ????????????????????????