Ladies and …… Lol
I got box braids installed yesterday and I’ve been feeling myself..And the best part is that it’s Crochet braids! I’m trying to grow out my edges and I have a really sparse hairline, so I decided to take a long break from all things braids and Ghana weaving. It was a sad decision because normally, I can braid my hair back to back for 6 months. I prefer braids to having weaves in. Anyway, I came across Freedom styles on YouTube and I saw a crochet braid box braid tutorial (lol too long) and I’m like hol up! This could be me. So I decided to try it. The good part about using the crochet braid method to install box braids is that you get to control the whole thing. If you’ve ever installed your box braids by yourself, you’ll be thankful for this method because there’s no stress on your arms and it’s just way easier and faster. I decided to get feathers braids because I’ve done all types of braids before except this one. I had to know if I could pull it off. Lol. And then Sandra got hers and it was just too pretty..
What you’ll need:
2 big packs of Xpression braiding hair.
Rat tail comb
Latch hook needle..
What I did first was create the braid pattern for the hair. I mimicked a style I saw on Pinterest for mine but I guess you could just do straight all back cornrows.. Prior to doing this, I stretched my hair with thread so it was easy to work with and I used little attachment to do the cornrows. I cut the Xpression into 3 and 4 to get this length and tied some yarn around my bedroom window so I could hang the attachment and braid from it.I took the hair I wanted to braid and twisted it twice before braiding. Twisting it first creates the loop you’re going to need to crochet it to your hair. If you can create the loop without twisting, then there’s no need.
When I was done braiding the hair, I trimmed and put it in hot water, let it dry and then I installed it. It took some time to get a hang of it because I didn’t want big knots showing especially at the front and sides but once I did, it was easy breezy.
I like that I was able to control where the braids started from because if I go to a salon to get my hair braided, my hair dresser will want the hair to look “neat” and that means she has to pick the tiny edges I’m managing. Lol I can’t have that when hair gel can do the job. I’ll definitely keep using this method to install my braids and twists. So let me know what you think and when you’ll be trying this method for your box braids..