Crochet braids are one of the hottest new trends among naturals. This weaving method not only achieves a more natural look, but it is a great protective styling option that offers a wide variety of choices. From braids to blowouts, Crochet braids can achieve a plethora of natural hairstyles without causing unnecessary damage to your hair.
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I LOVED mine despite me not keeping them in long (I got added hair issues) but they are an easy way to spice up your look. However, unlike sew-ins and other weaving techniques, Crochet braids give you access to your scalp in order to keep it cleansed and moisturized regularly. If you’re unsure of how to maintain your hair while it’s in crochet braids, here are a few tips and tricks!
Since your scalp is accessible, it is very easy to keep it cleansed and moisturized properly. One great way to cleanse your scalp while it is in Crochet braids is by spraying some watered down shampoo onto the scalp. Rub the scalp gently, trying not to cause too much frizz, and rinse gently with some water using an applicator.
Another way to keep the scalp clean is by using a dry shampoo which is a great option if you work out often, or if a bit wary about wetting the hair while it is braided. When you’re finished, be sure to blot the scalp dry with a clean t-shirt or towel.
One key component to keeping the hair and scalp at its healthiest is making sure that it is properly moisturized. You can simply just use water, Aloe Vera juice, or even a liquid leave-in conditioner that can be applied with a spray bottle. Be sure to concentrate on the ends (if you can reach them) as they tend to dry out faster.
Also, depending on what type of hair you use, spritzing it with a bit of leave-in every once in a while could actually benefit your look, ensuring that the hair does not become dry, matted or giving off an ashy appearance.
After moisturization, you have to seal the hair with an oil or butter in order to prevent the moisture from escaping. You can either use a lightweight oil (almond, coconut, avocado, etc.) or use an oil mist in order to ensure that all of the hair is reached without weighing it down.
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While these are just some basic steps, they are just some of the key components needed if you intend on keeping the crocheted hair in for an extended period of time. Be sure to take them down within a reasonable time-frame in order to prevent matting, thoroughly cleanse the scalp and deep condition the hair.
There is more you need to know about crochet braids than just what type to rock. Learning how to are for them and your own hair is even more important to ensure when you take them out your own hair does not suffer. Now, that you know the basics, what are some ways that you care for your hair while in Crochet braids?