Crochet braid tutorial using Kanekalon hair
Good Hair is Natural Hair
What is good hair for Black people? It's not just the texture, good hair is healthy hair. Natural hair that is not chemically permed or not damaged is "good hair." As African American people we want healthy natural hair, especially if we are wearing natural hairstyles. It's obvious that Black people that wear their natural hair are aiming to have healthy hair - good hair.
Wearing chemical perms in the hair eventually damages the hair, and will eventually dry the hair out. Hair perms are a commercial media product of enslavement, and it only makes your hair worse. African Americans can't go swimming in chlorine water if they wear hair perms, it will begin to damage the hair and the hair will fall out. Hair relaxers put toxins in your scalp and hair; perms are just a quick-fix, but the ending results of a perm can lead to over-processed hair, scalp burns, permanent hair loss along the hairline-edges.
But with your natural hair there is versatility, you can wear it in many hairstyles: braid outs, tree braids, kinky twists, braids, Afros, crochet braids, protective styles, etc. As Black people we should have confidence in our own natural hair texture. We can't be unconsciously enslaved by using hair perms every 2 months. Can't Black people be true to themselves, and be more authentic when it comes to our natural hair? Keeping our hair the way God made it is a gift (our natural hair) because God don't make mistakes.
Please let go of the chemical hair perms, and begin to learn how to take care of your natural authentic hair texture. Some people may have to start with positive affirmations in mirror for themselves about their natural hair. And compliment other African Americans that are wearing their natural hairstyles as well, when you see them out and about.
Definition of Kinky
Tightly twisted or curled: kinky hair; exotic, exciting, alluring, your crown, unique and special.
Protective Styles for Natural Hair
There are ways to wear the hair straight without using a hair relaxer. Your natural hair can remain natural, but if you want it straight temporarily you can hot comb it, or wear a straight hair weave. Remember when straightening your hair with a hot comb, to use a good heat protectant first. We want to keep the natural hair as healthy as possible, good hair = healthy hair. There are many protective styles for natural hair.
- Wearing 'Wet & Wavy' weaves
- Pre-Twisted Crochet Braid for Senegalese Twists or Kinky Twists
- Senegalese hair twists or kinky hair twists
- Natural twists outs
- Roller rods hair set
- Braid Outs
- Crochet Braid Styles
- Individual Braids
- Box Braids
How to Crochet with Braiding Hair
When doing the “crochet braid protectant style” try to space each inserted crochet hair peace to prevent having too much hair on your head. After braiding the cornrows into your hair for the crochets, make space for each inserted crochet, and then when you’ve completed your whole head; fill the spaces as needed at the top and sides of your head. This will prevent you from making your hair too heavy and too wide. If you don't want to buy the "Freetress hair pack" because of the price, then you can use the 'kanekalon or toyokalon braiding hair' it's reasonably priced.
If you want your braiding hair to be "wavy" you can braid it after it's all crocheted into your hair. First cut the 'braiding hair pack' in half, so that the hair is not extra-long. Once your braiding hair is all crocheted in, you can flat press the braiding hair before making the "wavy" style. But make sure the flat iron is NOT set at a high temperature because the kanekalon can burn. You can put 1 braid on each side of your head of the kanekalon hair that you've just crocheted; then braid 1 braid on the top and crown of your head. And then braid about 2 braids in the back of your head. Then add a small amount of 'hair mouse' to wavy braids before braiding the kanekalon hair or after. Let the hair set for one day before you take the 'gel set hair' down; the next day take the braided kanekalon hair down. There you have it, "wavy kanekalon braiding hair for your crochet braids style." For a full set of hair, it may take 2-3 packs of braiding hair.
And if you want to wear a 'straight' crochet braiding style instead of a wavy style; you can flat press your kanekalon hair. Flat ironing this style will make your hair appear less bulky looking. And when combing kanekalon hair once it's crocheted into your braids, begin combing the hair from the ends to detangle it. Avoid brushing it or combing it from the scalp area because the crochets might slide out.
You can use any type of braiding hair for crochet braid styles; such as synthetic, kanekalon and toyokalon. My review of braiding hair that I've bought that is good for doing crochet braids are; 'Eve' (kanekalon) and 'Black n' Gold' (kanekalon and toyokalon). This protective style definitely makes hair grow longer especially if you're wearing natural hair with the protective style instead of a perm.
Happy Crochet Braiding!
Crochet Braids Poll
The hair products that make your natural hair less-manageable discontinue using them. Use moisturizers that contain hydrating agents such as 100% Aloe Vera gel or vegetable glycerin. Your natural hair products would be; herbal shampoos, deep conditioners, leave-in conditioners, hair mousse, hair oils, hair butters, etc. Use hair moisturizers that contain more natural ingredients in them such as: planted based extracts, organic butters, tree extracts, flower extracts, nut extracts, etc.
Orange Citrus Shea Butter Hair Cream Moisturizer is an organic hair butter, which contains the essential oils mentioned above. When using an organic hair butter, continue to use it for at least 3 months, to get the full benefits of hair growth and proper moisture. Protective hair styles such as Crochet Braids allow the hair to grow faster due to less manipulation, and the ends of the hair are protected as well.
Apply cream moisturizers when the hair is still wet, after shampooing and deep conditioning. The hair products that make your particular hair texture more manageable, continue to use it.
Hair is made of protein, this is why it is a good idea to use hair conditioners that contain protein as an ingredient. The protein conditioners will keep your hair-strands stronger and easy to comb. The best combs to use for natural hair; wide-teeth combs, 'Ace' name brand combs, Conair and 'Goody' name brand combs.
Men, women, and children are wearing natural hairstyles; we have to have confidence in our own hair texture. We have to 'Rock it' for all it's worth; Queens and Kings are trend setters.
Who said kinky hair was bad hair? Black peoples' hair is of course high maintenance because we are Queens and Kings. Stop the enslavement of using hair relaxers, and set yourself free by learning and practicing your authentic hair texture. It makes no sense to treat wigs and weaves better than we treat our own hair. When you treat your hair right, your hair will treat you right.
Crochet Braid Pre-Twists Protective Hairstyle
Natural Hair Product
Natural Hair Poll
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Ann810 (author) from Sunny Cali on January 08, 2014:
Hi Dawn, crochet braid hairstyles are considered a protective hairstyle, yes it will definitely make your hair grow, especially if your hair is natural with no perm.
Thank you, peace.
Dawn walters on January 08, 2014:
do it grow your hair