My Crochet Braid Experience

Never be afraid to try something new, because life gets boring when you stay within the limits of what you already know.

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So for the past three months I’ve been lusting after crochet box braids and I really wanted to try them out since winter is the only time I actually like having braids. Unfortunately most hairdressers in Bulawayo have no idea what crochet box braids are. You can imagine how excited I was when I found a ‘mobile’ hairdresser on Facebook who claimed to specialise in crochet braiding. So basically crochet braiding is a protective hairstyle whereby one ‘crochets’ braids into cornrows with a latch hook instead of plaiting individual braids into your hair, which is the more conventional braiding method. Crochet braids are easy to install and mine took an hour and half. I was initially excited when I contacted this lady and I told her I wanted thick, waist length braids. I made an appointment for Thursday but she kept postponing it. She finally called five days later and said she would come and do my hair at 1 pm. I spent the whole afternoon waiting for her and she finally showed up at 6pm and said she had been busy. I was really disappointed and I feel like this also affected the way my hairstyle came out. She had pre-braided the hair using the Angels Avis long braid and it was neither the length nor thickness I wanted but I didn’t make a big deal of it. I loved the way the hairstyle looked after I got over the initial disappointment of having shorter braids, but I noticed after she left that they were done clumsily. Anyway, the following day I was eager to try out all the box braid styles I had screenshots of. With regular braids it takes days before you can tie your hair into a bun but I managed to tie mine, which I probably shouldn’t have done because my braids shifted. I was really disappointed because my braids sagged after that. Part of me regretted paying $30 for braids that sagged within days and I wished I had done regular braids. I reminded myself that regular braids would have damaged my hairline and this was a small consolation. I think I would have liked my braids more if they were the size I had requested and also if my hairdresser had actually cared enough to install them properly. Listed below are some of the pros and cons of crochet box braids.

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The Pros of Crochet Box Braids

  • Easy and probably the least time consuming protective hairstyle.
  • Your own hair is highly protected and it’s easy to keep it clean and healthy.
  • You can style your braids as soon as you finish installing them.
  • There’s a lot less tension on your hairline in comparison to ordinary braids provided that the cornrows aren’t put in too tight.
  • They are easy to remove.
  • You can re-use your braids.

The Cons of Crochet Box Braids

  • If you don’t apply the braids correctly they’ll sag which looks kind of shabby.
  • The knots are sometimes visible.
  • The knots and cornrows make crochet box braids more difficult to style.

 

Although my first experience was quite unpleasant, I will give this hairstyle another try but I’d probably use a different hairdresser and different braids. This method can also be used for weaves and twists and I will definitely try more variations of this protective hairstyle.

Stay Fabulous…

xoxo

Crochet Box Braids Tutorial

Crochet Twists Tutorial

 

 

 

 

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