It was a couple of weeks to Christmas and Nigerian as I am, I really was looking forward to ‘Christmas hair’ and maybe even ‘Christmas dresses’. Those things are not for children only, biko.
I just had my big chop a couple of weeks ago. 6 weeks before this hair precisely.
This was a big and scary decision as it left me with few things to do with my hair that won’t be time consuming. I wore a wig for the first few weeks and got used to my hair. So what to do to my hair till Christmas? Time for protective styling.
I had seen a couple of tutorials on crochet braids but I’m like, can this thing work for this teeny weeny fro of mine?
I decided to do it myself cause, well, I didn’t know how I would start explaining this style of ‘fixing’ to my very local hairstylist. Plus, a girl was trying to save money because all these fairs and promos and stuff that was sure to come up this December be making my pocket sing. Makeup over everything 🙂
So I got to it.
- Royal silk supreme kinky hair. I had used this previously. I got 4 packs of the hair but didn’t use it up for this crotchet hair.
- Crotchet needle. Got this from tradefair for 500naira(you can use a bobby pin)
- a pair of scissors.
–step 1: Cornrowed my hair. I didn’t do this myself. My trusted local hair stylist helped out with this.
–step 2: The cornrows were done in such a way that I can style my hair in a side and centre part.
For the hooking
–steps 3 and 4: slide the needle through a row with the hook open.
–step 5: latch a strand of the hair to it and and close the hook.
– steps 6-9: slide the hooked hair back through the row.
–steps 10-12: this creates a loop that you use to knot the other end of the hair.
I fixed just about 6 knots per row. So that it wouldn’t come out too bulky and scary. Plus, I like ‘easy to manage’ hair.
It took me about 3 hours to install. Minus the cornrows. Inbetween Epidemiology class and Microbiology lab. But that was probably because I paused to gist, fill my lab manual..etc.
I wore it in a tight bun because of school but it is really lovely when let down. It was installed for almost 5 weeks. Some people say they carry theirs for longer but I was already tired of mine, really.
Hope you guys like it.
Love and makeup, Ella.
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A prosperous new year to us all!