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Hello ladies,

I am frequently asked how I achieve my hair length and what methods I use to retain length, well it’s not a big secret really and to be honest I’ve chosen the easy route to long heathy hair. For those of you who do not know, I attribute much of my hair growth and length retention to ‘protective styling’ and my number one means of protective styling at the moment is crochet braiding. Crochet braiding is a technique that involves cornrowing your own hair and simply attaching loose hair to the cornrows using a crochet needle in a ‘latch hook method’. Please check out my new YouTube video to see how I achieve my ‘natural look’ crochet braid-out look with mode model Marley braiding hair. I’m both an advocate and massive fan of this method of protective styling!  For my sisters who have not yet discovered crochet braids or for those who would like to give crochet braiding a go, here are 15 reasons why I think crochet braiding is the ideal protective style.

  1. Crochet braids are easy and quick to install, especially if you pay a professional to install them for you. They take between 3-4 hours to install once your hair has been cornrowed.
  2. Your entire hair is allowed to rest underneath in the cornrows.
  3. They are a time saver, in most cases you can literally get up and go because daily styling is relatively simple.
  4. There is no need to leave out your own natural hair but you can choose to do so if you wish.
  5. The strands of your own hair are not all intertwined with the extension again reducing the tension placed upon your own hair strands.
  6. There is no daily styling, brushing, combing or manipulation of your own natural hair therefore allowing your own hair to grow and rest. You are therefore able to retain all your growth and so help to retain length. This is what I call 100% protective styling at its very best.
  7. They look extremely natural and if installed correctly they look very much like your own natural hair.
  8. You can wash/cleanse your natural hair while wearing crochet braids, giving your own hair the much needed moisture it requires to remain healthy and grow.
  9. You can easily oil your scalp and moisturise your natural hair, thereby preventing dryness and ensuring your hair is less prone to breakage (I have a post coming up about how to do this- so stay tuned).
  10. They look really, really good and they actually look even better the longer you have them in.
  11. No glue, tread or chemicals required.
  12. Crochet braids are kinder to your edges than conventional braids since your hair underneath is cornrowed.
  13. Crochet braiding is inexpensive with two bags of Model Model Marley braids costing only £7.89 (you only need one and a half bags) perfect in a time of recession when you might have more important things to spend your money on i.e shoes! Lol
  14. You can use different types of synthetic hair not just Marley hair, for example water wave, kanakelon, expressions etc
  15. They are quick and easy to take out – simply cut the Marley braid just above the cornrows and then take down the cornrows and the reminder Marley hair will simply come out.

So if you have not already, it might be worthwhile giving crochet braids a go?  Considering all the positives I have listed above I personally believe crochet braiding has many advantages when compared to weaves or other braiding methods.

What you will need:

1.) Model Model Marley braid 1 or 1B

Model model marley braiding hair

Model Model Marley braiding hair

 

2.) Crochet needle

Crochet needle for installing marley braiding hair

Crochet needle for installing Marley braiding hair

 

My 10 top tips for installing crochet braids:

  • Wash/cleanse, deep condition, moisturise and oil your own hair before cornrowing.
  • Do not cornrow your hair too tight, this will put unnecessary pressure on your edges.
  • Add a small amount of the Marley hair to your cornrows to help protect and reduce the tension placed on your own hair.
  • Wherever you decide to have your parting ensure you cornrow that section closer together so your parting looks more realistic.
  • Add small amounts of hair at a time to prevent the end result becoming too thick or bulky.
  • You do not have to knot the crochet braids, in my experience they stay in perfectly fine without knotting them (my hair was knotted in this video but since then I have not knotted the hair).
  • Do not use too much hair or it will be too bulky/thick, unless you are going for the ‘big hair’ look (I usually use one and a half bags)
  • Do experiment with different hair colours and hair types, if your end result is too thick/bulky don’t be afraid to cut/shape the hair until you are happy.
  • You can braid, twist or bantu knot the marley hair and dip the hair in hot water to achieve the exact curl pattern and curl size you desire.
  • Not all hair types work well with crochet braiding. In my experience, if the hair is too silky it does not stay attached to the cornrows (use synthetic hair as apposed to human hair).

End results photos:

Braid out on crochet braids using model model marley braids

Braid out on crochet braids using Model Model Marley braids

 

Crochet braids styled in a 40's inspired updo

Crochet braids styled in a 40’s inspired updo

 

Updo style on crochet braids

Crochet braids styled in a simple updo

 

Have you tried crochet braiding? For anyone who has never tried it are you will to give crochet braiding a go?  What do you think about this method of protective styling?  Do you have any good or bad experiences to share from wearing this style? 

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Colleen

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