Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Want to know more about crochet hairstyles? Below are answers to some frequently asked questions.

How do I prepare my hair for an installation of crochet braids?
 Make sure your hair is washed, deep conditioned, as well as give yourself a hot oil treatment to seal in moisture prior to braiding. If necessary, give yourself a protein treatment in between your wash and conditioner or use a product with protein in it to help strengthen your hair and prepare for a long term protective style.

Can crochet hairstyles cause traction alopecia (loss / damage to edges) ?
Yes, but it depends on how it is done. Along with tight box braid extensions and super tight ponytails, crochet braids and weaves can cause traction alopecia if it is too tight or if it causes too much stress on your edges. To prevent this from happening, I will make sure that your cornrows are secure but not too tight to ensure that your edges stay intact.

I want crochet braids, but I don't know what style to get?
There are a variety of styles you can wear with crochet braids. Some people get overwhelmed with the selection of bulk hair options used to create a crochet braid hairstyle. If you've never had crochet braids before I recommend you do a little research online to see what other crochet braid hairstyles are most appealing to you. This approach may relieve some of the anxiety created from trying to choose a crochet braid hairstyle that best fits your features and personality.

I have a relaxer, can I wear crochet braids?
Yes! Crochet Braids, like any other protective hairstyle (weave or individual braids), requires braiding of your natural hair whether it's permed or not. However, you should consider the condition of your natural hair before you install any long term protective style and make the best decision based off the current state of your natural hair. Relaxing your hair can render it hair weak. Putting braids on top of  fresh perm or hair in a weakened state can cause serious damage to your hair. I recommend two weeks after a perm before getting any long term protective style.

I have dreadlocks, can I wear crochet braids?
Yes! I will utilize special techniques to braid your locks prior to installing the extensions. Your locks will not be visible.

Will I have visible parts in my head?
 No! My specific crochet braiding technique gives you a braid pattern that give you ample coverage of your cornrow base. 

What kind of volume or fullness will I have with crochet braids?
You can have as much or as little volume with crochet braids as you like. We will discuss how full you want your hair so you know how much hair to purchase. One of the benefits of having crochet braids is if you are unhappy with the volume of your hairstyle after an installation you can remove or add as much hair as you need to achieve your desired look.

How do I treat my scalp and natural hair with crochet braids?
 Moisturize a few times a week  to prevent your scalp and natural hair from becoming excessively dry. Use a conditioning spray for human hair or you can make your own conditioning spray with different oils and water to keep your hair moisturized. Spray directly on the scalp between the parts on your cornrow base and repeat weekly.

Can I wash my hair with crochet braids?
Yes! An easy way to wash your hair with crochet braids is to use diluted shampoo and a leave in conditioner. Mix shampoo and water in a spray bottle. Spray your cleansing mixture directly on the scalp between the parts in your cornrow base. Massage your entire scalp to release any dirt and/or product build-up. Rinse hair, then spray a leave-in condition on your scalp. Finally, seal in moisture with an oil (coconut, jojoba, olive, etc.) of your choice.

How long will my crochet braid style last?
Crochet braid hairstyles last between 4 to 8 weeks or longer depending on the intricacies of your braid pattern, quality of hair installed, and your maintenance routine. Since crochet braids are a long term protective style, be mindful that your natural hair needs care as well. Leaving your hair braided longer that 8 weeks can increase breakage of your natural hair.

How do I remove my crochet braids?
The easiest way to remove crochet braids is to cut them down close the base of the cornrows, but above where the knot is tied. Be careful not to cut the natural hair in your cornrow base. Saturate your hair with an oil of your choice (jojoba, olive oil, etc) to aid in slippage and reduce breakage of natural hair. Leave the oil in your hair for at least 30 minutes or longer so it penetrates the braiding hair and your natural hair. Unravel your cornrows, the remaining braiding hair should slip out. 

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