Crochet Braids Extensions w/o Cornrows

So, this week, I changed up my hair from a horrible cut and colour to some sleek black extensions. I used a crochet braiding technique but I didn’t have any cornrows in my hair, so this is how I did it:

I waffled on A LOT in this video (very new to this!), so here are the main takeaways from the tutorial:

  1. Clearly section your hair when making the little ponytails that you’re crocheting into. If there are any strays, this will make it really difficult to remove the rubber bands and the crocheted hair will get all tangled up.
  2. The hair you put into small ponytails shouldn’t be bigger than half of the diametre of a standard pencil.
  3. Towards the bottom of your hair, closet to your neck, do a full layer of crochet hair. Here, it’s best not to leave any leave-out, as there will be a really obvious divide between your own hair and the extensions.
  4. I did six along the bottom and six through the middle. Another two were towards the top to get any extra bits that looked choppy.
  5. The top row of crochets is just before the top of your temples. This will stop them from showing through.
  6. If you’re struggling to blend, you can use heat. I just go over each side one with my hair straightener set to 150 degrees celCelciuscius (because heat up to 200 degrees can be used on this hair).
  7. I don’t think I’m going to wash my hair with the crochet braids in. It’s a pretty quick process after silk pressing my hair, so I’ll just take them out before washing and putting them back in. The hair I used is £6.50 from the local shop, so I’m happy to do this once a month or every 6 weeks.

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