I knew I had to return to some crochet braids after my great experience with them last summer using the Freetress Bohemian Hair. This time I wanted to try the Freetress Gogo Curl which kind of reminded me of my lace front wig believe it or not.
I heard of some people actually cutting hair off tracks and wigs to be used as pieces while doing the crochet braids but I prefer buying the $6.99 packs of hair. I did the same process as last time in terms of the cornrow pattern. The only changes I made from the last crochet braids style was:
- Made my part more natural looking - I put away the rat tail comb and just parted it with my fingers making sure to not make it a straight line
- Combined cornrows in the back - Before I had one cornrow for every cornrow in the front going down the back i.e. if I had 12 rows in the front, I had 12 rows in the back. This time I had 12 rows in the front and 6 rows in the back - combined two rows into one in the back - believe me this saves you the most time when putting in the hair in the back!
- Sewed the left over hair in the back to my actual hair - Last time the tails from the cornrows hanging in the back were annoying. I tried everything from crocheting them into the track to braiding it up but it always kept hanging in the back of my neck. So I took some weave thread and a needle, braided all the cornrow tails together and sewed it to one of the cornrow tracks
I used half of a blended freetress gogo curl pack (one of the TP packs) and half of a regular color pack (#4) - so in total I only needed one pack! I think it is because this hair is more curly and fuller when you put it in, whereas I needed two packs of Freetress Bohemian Hair to cover my head adequately.
The whole installation time took 2 hours!!! I am not joking and my head is not that small. It took 1.5hrs for the front and about 30 minutes to do the back - mostly because I combined cornrows.
I do find this type of hair needs some more shaping and cutting that the Bohemian hair. I am also curious what is going to happen when I go swimming in it because I think it probably will get more tangly and matted once it dries. I plan on leaving it in for one month this time (instead of 2.5 months!) since I am anticipating this hair will not last as long as the Bohemian hair because it is a lot softer and looser curl. I could also just cut out this hair from my head, keep my cornrows in and start afresh with the remaining packs I have since it only takes 2 hours...