Even though it has been like a month since I got the Freetress Wand Curl / Jamaican Bounce #4 uninstalled (I am rocking the short presto curl tapered look again), I thought it important to put out a post and video on how to maintain them things!
YALL! I thought it was bout' time I look through all your comments and filter out the top ten most asked questions on my site about crochet braids. Let's get to it!
I have been meaning to post an update about my newly attained length and pressing my hair way back when I did it during xmas time (Dec 2016)! I was very pleased with the results!
So I thought Wave Nouveau Moisturizing Finishing Lotion would be the end all and be all for all my crochet braids maintenance woes but my good friend who I got hooked on crochet braids introduced me to a great product that is saving my life with this hair!!
I have been loving (more than hating) this look for the past four weeks. I have also had ample time to experiment with a variety of styles, more than I can do with textured crochet braids.
I am listening guys! I really am! So I put together a long overdue blog post and put together a video (scroll to the bottom) on how to take down crochet braids (any style!).
I am so attached to these seven things that if I forget one when I am on vacation or even going to the shower room after swim practice, it irks the hell out of me!!
So I was, dare I say, pleasantly surprised when I got my hair straightened last month in April.
So I have received a lot of questions on the process of Crochet Braids washing. My crochet braids washing routine applies to almost any kind of hair I have used including Freetress Bulk Bohemian Braid, Freetress Gogo Curl, Freetress Deep Twist and Freetress Presto Curl.
This technique to accelerate hair growth is fairly simple: Massage your scalp with oil with your head upside down, do that every day for a week before going to bed.
Camille Rose Naturals Curlaide Moisture Butter is my go-to twisting product when I have run out of or don't have time to make a fresh batch of my homemade flax seed gel. I found it thicker than the Camille Rose Almond Jai Twisting butter, but works just the same especially if you have thick kinky hair like mine.
Only one thing has changed in my routine before, during and after swimming in chlorinated water. Thanks to that article I found on Hair Liberty, I have been able to keep my hair in manageable condition, especially since chlorine characteristically makes my hair dry and breakable (shoutout to that 4a/4b fine dry hair!).
Ugh!!! Nobody wants to be smelling like a mountain ram goat or a wash cloth that has been left out for a month. I always heard about the dreaded mildew coming after you in your sew-in weaves and whatnot. Even when I got my first weave ever three years ago my stylist warned me about this.
It has been almost a month since I had the senegalese twists put in and they are holding up well after four weeks of partying, working out, and whipping it back in forth. The twists are slightly getting furry but it is not that noticeable at all. I think that is why some people prefer the Marley Braid Hair when putting these twists in just because the kinkier texture blends in well when your real hair starts popping through the twist (that style will be my next endeavor post synchronized swimming season
As I said before, about a week ago (Day 21), Long Freetress Deep Twist Crochet Braids are surprisingly low maintenance in comparison to the Freetress Bohemian Crochet Braids. It is almost confounding!
I have owned Nicole Ari Parker's 'Save Your Do' gym wrap for almost two years and do you know not once have I used it with my hair straightened?!
It has been about a month since I installed my #33 Freetress Gogo Curl crochet braids. I started off feeling uncomfortable with the color because it was the lightest I have ever gone but slowly I grew into it and everybody was commenting on the color.
I got the chance to take out my third installment of crochet braids with Freetress Braid Bohemian 1Band some TP1B/530 that has red highlights. It was a fun and new ride (first time with a middle part) but I was really looking forward to renovating my take-down routine post-crochet braids. Previously post crochet braids, my hair was extra dry and breaking everywhere.
Almost a month and a half in with my crochet braids with color ( a mix of Freetress Braid Bohemian 1B and TP1B/530 - the red highlights) and it is past due for Ms. Synthetica to come out, for a couple of reasons
I took out my crochet braids last night, combed it out with some Coconut Oil, washed it, put some henna on it, then deep conditioned it over night with some Jessicurl Deep Conditioning Treatment. I thought I did everything right in preparation for conditioning and lubricating my hair well for my salon appointment the next day (which included a protein treatment!) - but I just felt bad for the hair stylist breaking a sweat over trying to tackle the tangly little areas all over my head and trying to give it a good press (I honestly think I over-tip them for their troubles because of this). My biggest question is, why does this happen after every protective style?! From Box Braidsto my last crochet braids style my hair afterwards was just treacherous!
So it has been less than two weeks and I am loving my crochet braids style with the Freetress Gogo Curl! I'll be honest when I first installed it, I was kinda like this needs a few days of getting used to because it was reminding me of my lace front wig look and feeling a little synthetic/fake. I thought the problem was that it needed to be cut, layered and shaped because it was just not hanging right; but it turns out that reason for the 'offness' of it was because I had not put enough of the hair in it - especially in the back.
The last few days have been great...a time for reflection, re-solidify old and new resolutions and establish a workable new hair care regimen!
As soon as I got out of the hair salon today I was determined to write a new blog post on my misconception of direct heat on natural hair. To preface, I have 4a/4b, dry, fine hair. During my initial dive into the world of natural hair and organic products almost two years ago I had read various literature and blog posts about the benefits and disadvantages of heat use on natural hair. It is kinda of a double edged sword in that I found getting my hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks greatly reduced split ends damage but at the same time, the pressing of my hair to get this trim was straightening my curl pattern too much - to where my wash n' gos looked stringy!
I totally forgot how to take care of these things! It has been about ten years since I got any sort of box or individual braids and I was wracking my brain how I took care of them when I was swimming everyday during the summer - then it occurred to me I probably wasn't doing much in the hair care department.
So I have been wearing Crochet / Latch Hook Braids for almost a month now and I have to say the benefits definitely outweigh the annoyances that come with wearing this protective style.
The first and last time I did a hot oil treatment was about two years ago when I made a steadfast commitment to start taking care of my hair appropriately (this was an effort to try to preserve the strands left on my head since my father and my grandmother struggled through baldness).
So last week I got my weave removed. I know, a major life event!!!