I love crochet braids! The style is versatile, easy to install and affordable. I would know, because I rocked mine for 8 weeks and just got them re‐done yesterday. You read correctly, I had one set of crochet braids in my head for 8 weeks before I removed them. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this break, but I do have a few tricks on how to preserve the style. Here are 5 tips for keeping your crochet braids looking and feeling fresh.
Choose the right hair
It may seem like a simple task, but I’ve seen countless women with crochet braids that look great for two weeks, but then turn into a frizzy mess. I don’t mind a little frizz on the hair, and it actually looks more natural the older the hair gets. However, excessively frizzy and matted hair is never on trend.
This is my rule of thumb: the tighter the curl of the hair, the longer it lasts. I found that when I purchase hair that has a tight or small curl pattern, the hair lasts much longer and frizzes very little. I love getting the bohemian braid hair by Freetress. I think that their shake and go hair is excellent for crochet braid wearers who want to get the most out of the hair that they choose. If you choose a braided or loc style, choose a smaller braid or loc. Large braids, twists, and locs can look frizzy and even start to unravel over a short period of time.
Preserve the crochet hair
Although the style can withstand a lot, you still need to make sure that you preserve your crochet hair. This includes sleeping and showering with a bonnet or scarf on, moussing when necessary, and spritzing when needed. If you are wearing braided or twisted crochet hair, moussing stray hair down will probably be the way to go. If your hair is curly, then spritzing the hair with water and moussing the hair every now and then will be a necessity. This tutorial by vlogger Diane Chante is great for bringing new life to curly crochet hair.
Don’t be afraid to wash your hair
I’m sure that some of you were thinking that 8 weeks is quite long to wear crochet braids. It is, but I’ve heard of women wearing the style for much longer. I know that a major concern with long term wear is cleanliness. I used to think that crochet braids weren’t going to be easy to wash, so I stayed away from them for a while. After I finally got the courage to give them a try, I had to wash them after 2 weeks. I thought I was about to create a disaster, but the hair was just fine. I simply diluted shampoo in warm water, ran it over my scalp, and scrubbed. I wasn’t gentle at all. After rinsing the shampoo out, I diluted some leave in conditioner in water and ran that over my scalp as well. I then sat under my hooded to dryer and applied oils to my scalp once my hair was dry. The result was better than expected and my scalp felt incredibly clean. Remember, drying is an important step because you don’t want hair to mildew! The ProtectivePrincess has an excellent tutorial on washing and drying crochet braids.
Cut the frizz and re‐seal the ends
This may seem obvious, but some don’t realize how much cutting frizzy pieces revitalizes crochet hair. Sometimes, you’ll have to cut entire strands, but it’s never noticeable and you will love the end result. If you are wearing braided or twisted hair, simply dipping the hair in hot water can reduce the frizz tremendously. The only time the hot water trick won’t help is if the hair is extremely frizzy from root to tip. At that point, you may want to re‐consider the brand of hair you’re buying.
Re‐style the hair
Re‐styling and re‐shaping the hair is so easy to do with curly crochet hair. When you need a fresh look, simply cut the crochet hair into a fly style. Once my style lost it’s luster on the 7th week, I chose to cut the hair into an angled bob after washing. People thought I had the crochet hair re‐installed, but it was the same hair. I wore the hair for two more weeks and was actually sad to see my short look go. This tutorial by vlogger Sadora Paris gives some helpful tips!
Ladies, how do you keep your crochet braids looking and feeling fresh?