Hi! Happy Holidays! I hope you’re doing well this holiday season. I’ve been missing in action for a few months but I’ll explain a few posts soon. I wanted to get back in the blogging groove and I can’t wait to produce more content. I wanted to talk about my experience with the crochet style. When I first saw these styles of style floating around, I wasn’t really impressed with it. Number one, I thought it was too much weave and I didn’t like that it looked so unreal. Okay face it, we all know it’s unreal, but still…Number two, I didn’t think I was confident enough. Now, I’ll rock some braids and that’s it, but I wanted to step out my comfort zone and plan to this upcoming new year.
After constantly watching reviews of different hair used for crochet styles, I decided to go with the Jamaican Bounce synthetic hair by the African Collection. I love how the hair is so easy to separate before installing, this creating a fuller look without using several packs of hair.
- 3.5 packs of the African Collection Synthetic Jamaican Bounce Curls (I have a big head)
- Large Latch Hook
- Rat Tail Comb
- Hair Oil of Choice
- Hair Moisturizer of Choice
- Flexi-Rods (optional)
Before I braid my hair, I like to start on clean moisturized hair. So, with any protective style I do, my hair will be clean. This means your style will last longer and your scalp will love you. I decided to leave a little piece of hair out in the front to camouflage the parts my first go round and I was impressed with how it turned out. I did simple braids going straight back and I made sure to moisturize my hair. Practice makes perfect! To make the curls look more realistic, I separate the manufactured curl 2 to 3 times before installing, thus looking like flexi rod curls being separated and teased.
Note: Moisturizing your real hair is key! When it was time to take them out, the weave slid off my braid as I unravel. My real hair was so soft and moisturized that it didn’t tangle with the weave.
Overall, I love this style! It took about three hours and a little over $20. This is definitely a protective style that I will add to my regimen and I’m also looking into different types of hair to try. The key to make it look realistic is separating the curls before installing. This hair can get very frizzy but I found out using a cream styling product helps th curls reduce frizz.
See ya soon!