PROTECTIVE STYLE 005 : Crochet Braids
It's a new month, so you know what that means? It's time for me to switch up my hair! If you know me, then you know that I love to change my hair a lot! I love looking for new ways to spice up my style but more importantly I love looking for simple styles that call for little to no maintenance! Like I stated before, this summer my goals is to do as many protective styles as possible to give my hair a break from heat and tension.
I recently saw my line sisters hair and new that was the next style for me! She used the FreeTress Braid Hair in the style Bohemian Braid with a mix of Water wave. After watching some recent YouTube videos by tastePINK andTheHareLife, I decided that I wanted to go with the Bohemian Braid hair. I was a bit skeptical at first because looking at the hair in the pack it reminded me of the original crochet braids that girls use to have in grade school. It looks super curly and if done wrong, I feared it would look cheap. However, after watching the videos and seeing the finished product of the YouTuber's above I was sold! I decided to get 4 packs of the Bohemian Braid 20" n a color 33 to get it as close as possible to my natural hair. Although everyone knows my hair didn't grow over night, I like my crochet braids to look as natural as possible.
The key to a great crochet braid style is all in the braid pattern. The braiding technique I used is the normal 10 straight back connected to 5 pattern used by most people. I braided the ends all together and sewed it down as flat as I could. There are tons of videos on this method if you need a step by step tutorial. It pretty simple and straight forward. If you aren't a tight braider,I recommend you ask a friend to ensure they are secure enough to crochet through.
The crochet process itself took me about 2 hours to complete. Surprisingly, this was the quickest install I have ever done on myself and I only used 3 packs of hair! Also, I decided to cut the 20" hair in half before installing it. This gave the hair a layered effect and cut down on the amount of time it took to style the hair once I was done. The key is to space out the back and focus more on filling your edges and front. The hair in the front will cover the back, therefore, don't worry about making the back perfect. Trust me, no one ever focuses on the back.
Overall, I am absolutely in LOVE with this hair. The upkeep is simple and the look is popping! Because of this, I have vowed to never go back to Marley hair again! Protective style 005 down. I wonder what I will do next... Stay tuned for a week 3 update!
Marley Hair vs. Bohemian Braid Hair
- The texture of Marley hair is more coarse while the Bohemian Braid hair is softer to the touch
- Unless you want the fro look, you will have to continuously dip the Marley hair to get a curl while the Bohemian Braid hair comes already curled
- There is no real easy way to preserve the curls in the Marley hair at night, while you can easily pineapple the Bohemian Braid hair