Crochet Braids: It Was Fun While It Lasted (Which Wasn’t Long)

Confession…I haven’t been too focused on my hair as of late, but luckily, it hasn’t suffered. I consider myself a lazy natural, meaning I do the bare minimum with regard to styles and maintenance (basic easy styles and water, coconut oil, deep conditioning). However,  because I have been SUPER lazy, I decided to take a trip to a stylist by the name of Altaress (Ms. Ally) that specializes in natural hair care! Here is my photo diary of the many changing styles of Udeme:

At the Salon

I had a great wash, deep condition and a much needed detangling session. Ms. Ally utilized a Thank God I’t’s Natural (TGIN)  deep conditioner and it worked wonders, my hair was supple and super soft. This stuff is pricey though, but it seems like a little goes a long way. Dare I say this could possibly dethrone my beloved Giovanni deep conditioner? Time will tell. After my deep condition and detangle session, my hair was blow dried and very lightly pressed to avoid heat damage and since I was going to be getting crotchet braids anyway. I had a great experience at this salon because I was listened to! This is crucial. And Ms. Ally took the time to understand my hair and take care of it! Huge points. Lastly, I walked away with free natural hair goodies; I was a happy camper.

In progress

Hi Hair.
Hi Hair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And another
And another

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crochet Braids

I went back and forth a million times regarding what type of hair to utilize for my crochet braids– regular kanekalon, Marley kanekalon, a curly variation? I finally decided on the Rasta Afri Marley Kanekalon brand:

Crochet braids
Here goes…!

I went to my local hair-braider and had her install the braids. After installation, I could tell we used too many packs but I was a trooper and I headed home to downsize. I ended up blow drying the hair and also thinned it out on my own–I was super proud of myself. The front of my hair was left out to give a more natural look.  I liked the versatility of the styles, it was perfect for me since I get bored quickly with my hair. But the party didn’t last long as the crochet braids became a tangled mess. However, I will say that there were nights that I didn’t wrap this hair (A BIG NO NO, don’t judge me) so I can’t throw this style under the bus. If I revisit this style, I’ll do better, promise!

crotchet braids
Mufasa flow.
Half blow-dried, phew
Half blow-dried, phew
Done (for the most part). I left the front out for blending purposes.
Done (for the most part). I left the front out for blending purposes.
Bun Style!
Bun Style!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Any new natural hair styles you’ve tried out lately? Salons you’ve visited? What makes your salon or hairstylist trips worthwhile to the point that you’ll revisit? Share in the comments!

-Udeme

More about Udeme

Hi! I'm Udeme and I'm an attorney by day and a blogger by night. I dropped 70 pounds 12 years ago and health/fitness became a passion of mine. I live in the DC metro area with my "husby" although I'll forever be a California girl at heart. I love a good read, BravoTV, natural hair, anything fitness related (of course) and spending time with my family and friends. ?

7 Comments

    1. I’ve been wearing crochet braids since October. I love them! They’re easy to install and look so natural!

      Zeena

      1. Nice! I want to try them again in the future. What kind of hair do you typically use and about how many packs?

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