My Natural Hair Protective Styles 2014-2015, Ch 1: Crochet Braids


So the summer is finally here and there are a ton of things to do, events to attend, celebrations to be had, and people to see...Buttt my natural hair is killing my weekend "A" game, because it takes entirely too long to get out of the house.  I'm spending too much time caring for my hair.  Don't get me wrong, I love my natural tresses, however I want to also enjoy all the beautiful weather and not agonize over the care and maintainance of my weekly hair routine.  So I have made a decision to widen my selection of protective hair selections.  Actually, I've decided to continue a few things in my current routine, but do something new:

  • Healthy Hair (current routine) is always important to me, so I'm always reviewing products that I believe will work great for my 4A Type hair.  
    • ETAE (Natural Products) - Carmelux - Shampoo, Conditioner, and sometimes the Carmel deep reconstructing treatment when applying heat - but won’t be needing this anytime soon.
    • Cantu Shea Butter - Leave in Conditioner
    • Organic/Natural Coconut Oil (Moisturizer)
    • Natural Home Made Braid & Scalp Wash (A mild quick cleanse) - With a cotton round - Mix 2 parts Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 part water.  Wipe scalps in between braids and around braids.  The smell dissipates and there is no smell after it dries.
    • Natural Home Made Moisturizer -  Used as a spray (4 parts water, 1 part Coconut Oil, 1 part Tea Tree Oil)

  • Hygiene Routine (current routine) is important as well and I consider the product and amount of product used in conjunction with how often I cleanse, which is every 1-2 weeks.  With shorter hair I would cleanse every week.  However once, I gained 10 inches in length, I made a decision to cleanse every two weeks because my hair tangles a lot and to minimize breakage along with using less product.

  • 365 Days of Protective Styles (new routine) has now become my savior from the summer heat and beyond that time to give my hair and me a rest.  Over the next year I will be doing protective styles and NOT APPLYING HEAT TO MY HAIR.  I have never done this before so, this may be a bit challenging.  However I do think I'm up for the challenge.  Most have seen my previous post here showcasing my first protective style in crochet braids.  I started to make a video, and then thought that there are already so many really good videos available on You Tube, so I will point you in that direction below. Here are a few of the styles that I'm considering.  I will probably change up hair once a month unless the style doesn't last in which I will change up sooner.  These are some really cute styles and I'm excited to begin my new journey of protective styles.

  • Crochet Braids - Installed currently - Here are three videos I watched to get a fairly good understanding of how to install the hair and then did my own thing: [YT Vid 1   YT Vid 2  YT Vid 3].  

My Installment
The only thing I did differently was apply rods only at the ends of my hair to get the curl effect.  I dipped the rods in a cup of piping hot water for 10 seconds (CAUTION:  PLEASE PLEASE be careful...DON'T dip for longer than 10 seconds in piping hot water, because the rod band and hair will begin to burn and it could burn your skin as well since the cup is so close to the face).  

3 Tips:
1.  Use a light moisturizer to separate the Marley ahir.  This will make it separate nicely.
2.  If you cut your hair before you curl it remember, the curl will shorten the length so keep this in mind when cutting to your desired length.
3.  Don't be afraid if you make a mistake.  The Marley hair is easy to remove and reinstall.  If your hair is too full or too thin add or remove hair.  It's very forgiving.

  • Yarn Twists
  • Faux Hawk
  • Braid Pinwheel
  • Havana Marley Twist
  • Braid Buns
  • and a few Salon installed Fashion Braids

I will post about these hairstyles and at some point I might make my own videos.  I'm thankful for all the You Tube videos and have learned so much.  I'm also happy to share in whatever way I can so let me know if I can help you out as well..

What I'm Wearing Today

Versace Black Sunnies, Lagos Earrings, Noir Marley Hair 4A

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