3 Tips for Healthy Hair with Crochet Braids
Updated: Nov 13
As a crochet braids manufacturer, we have a lot of customers that want the assurance that the styles we provide will protect their hair, be low maintenance as well as look beautiful. Today, there are several options for protective styles: sew ins, individual braids, twists, cornrows, and crochet braids and crochet weaves! With crochet braids, they are a fast, healthy (protective) style for your hair and there is almost nothing that you can’t do with them!. Today, we are going to share with you the benefits of crochet braids when they are done right!
Crotchet Styling Basics
In order to have your hair styled with crotchet braids or curls, your hair must be braided in cornrows at its base. But here lies the problem: If your cornrows are braided down to your scalp too tightly it can cause tension on your follicles causing hair loss and thinning. No matter whether you have hair that is super thin or super thick, this style may cause breakage. Let me break down how to steer clear of harming your hair while enjoying this protective style.
Take Care with Crochet Braids
1. You Need to Monitor the Strands Added to Your Hair and Their Weight
If you have crotchet braids that are braided throughout your hair, there are smaller strands that allow you to cornrow the hair underneath. Sticking a crotchet needle through your scalp is almost like parting your hair. However, adding a braided twist or braid through this small part of your hair can pull at your delicate hair strands. Be sure that you are only using light weight crochet braids(i.e. Fro Cee Twists) and taking reasonable breaks (ideally 4-6 weeks) in between utilizing this protective style.
2. Care for your scalp and new growth
Also, when compared with weaves, you have better access to you scalp with crochet braids because as opposed to having those wefts going across your braided hair, causing extra heat and making you look like a psychotic person beating your own head when it starts to itch; you can easily make contact with your scalp to easily cleanse, moisturize, and seal your hair.
While caring for your new growth by keeping your scalp and hair oiled, moisturized, and clean the biggest advice I can give is make sure you're not snapping your hair follicles at the root.
A simple regimen for your hair while in crochet braids is as follows:
· Keep the scalp clean: Once a week, either use a dry shampoo on your scalp to get rid of dirt and excess oils.
· Condition: As with the shampoo, dilute some conditioner in a bottle and squirt onto the cornrows at the bottom of your style, cover with a cap and let sit for about 20 minutes and then rinse.
· Leave in: spray leave in generously on each cornrow and then apply a bit of oil to help seal in.
· Moisturize and Seal: Every 2 to 3 days, spray a water based moisturizer (or if you use something creamier, apply directly with your fingers by pressing some of the moisturizer into your cornrows) and follow up with an oil to seal the moisture in.
3. Preserve the style, preserve your scalp
Always use a satin bonnet or scarf as this will help keep the style for longer and protect your hair too.
When taking down your style, gently remove the extensions then spray the cornrows with a rinse out conditioner and loosen, using your fingers to gently remove trapped shed hair and undo any knots.
Detangle thoroughly, wash, do a protein deep condition followed by a moisturizing one to strengthen your hair and improve elasticity respectively. Let the hair rest for at least a week before going into another protective hair style.
SO, the biggest piece of advice about crochet braids is PROTECT YOUR HAIR!! It's easy to get complacent with the protective style, but remember, our ultimate goal is healthy hair!! If you want a healthy hairstyle, finding the right stylist and be sure to ask your stylist not to apply too much tension on your scalp so that your hair will have more room to attach the extension. And while you have the crochet style in, you have to care for the hair that's growing out of your head as it grows. You will have new growth sprouting up underneath the braids and you have to care for it so it won't become weak. Should you follow these tips, you should be well on your way to reaping the benefits of using crochet braids as a protective style!