5 Things You’re (Probably) Doing Wrong With Your Crochet Braids


Crochet braids are a great protective style for any season, but a protective style isn’t so protective if you aren’t following a healthy maintenance routine. Here are 5 things you need to start doing to help preserve your crochet install.

1. Wash, Condition and Clip– Before you braid your hair up for your crochet installation, it’s important that you start with a healthy foundation. We can’t express enough how important washing, conditioning (moisturizing) and clipping your ends before your 4-6 week hair hiatus. Do this will ensure your scalp is clean, your hair retains moisture, and that those unruly ends are put to rest.

2. Wear an XL Satin Bonnet– Unless you want your hair to look a matted mess, you can not under any circumstance lay on cotton sheets (even when lounging) and expect to wake up flawless. Not going to happen. Most crochet hair is synthetic so the friction with synthetic hair and cotton will cause extreme frizz and mattiness. Instead visit your local beauty supply store and purchase a XL satin bonnet to hold all your curls in place.

3. Keep Your Scalp Clean – Just because you are wearing a protective style doesn’t mean you don’t need to refresh and rehydrate your scalp. We don’t recommend immersing your head under water with our Curlkalon™ hair, however try a dry shampoo where you can vigorously rub the shampoo in your hair and knock out dirt build up and any bad odors from your hair.

4. Stop wasting your hair products – Sorry to break the news, but synthetic hair is made from plastic fibers. There isn’t a hair product you own that will aide in you getting the perfect curl. You’re really wasting your money. You would be better off pouring your hair product down the drain (essentially it would be the same thing). Of course if you are using Curlkalon™ Hair Collection, you will always get a perfect curl, however if you are still about that roll, dip life (which we don’t promote), don’t waste your product on synthetic hair. The hot water is what is molding your curls into place and giving it staying power–not the product.

5. Cut through and around frizz– Regardless of  what anyone tells you, when using synthetic hair, you will inevitably get frizz. And let’s face it, frizz isn’t a bad thing. Your natural hair frizzes–right? Frizz gives your crochet braids a more natural look. What you want to do is control the amount of frizz you have. Cutting the frizz around the curl gives your curls a second wind and allows movement. You should cut through and around the frizz at least once a week.

Did anything surprise you on our list? Tell us by leaving a comment below.

Comments (59)
  1. KellyGirl says:

    I agree with it all! I’m going to share! I know a few people who wear crochet braids

  2. Veronica Richmond says:

    Thanks for the hit on what to do for the Frizz.

  3. Davida Heard says:

    Can you go swimming with curlkalon hair in ?

    1. Tiffini Gatlin says:

      Hi Davida,

      We have had customers that went swimming with our hair towards the end of their installation period.

    2. Cerah says:

      We don’t recommend immersing your head under water with our Curlkalon™ hair, however try a dry shampoo where you can vigorously rub the shampoo in your hair and knock out dirt build up and any bad odors from your hair.

  4. Muminatu says:

    Hi I am very interested in buying kenzie curls problem is I live in the UK, so was wondering if u do shipping of the product. Been looking for hair like this for a while I’m so excited hope u can help me. Thank you

    1. Curlkalon Staff says:

      Hi! Yes, we do ship to the UK. We love our international curlfriends!

      1. terrysamot says:

        I saw a three curl combo on curl sessions. What are the three curls used?

        1. Curlkalon Staff says:

          10″ Saniya, Carrie, and Toni Curls!

  5. Belinda says:

    Where can I buy this?

    1. Curlkalon Staff says:

      Right on our website! We currently sell our exclusively online. Thanks!

  6. Tie Smalls says:

    Hi how long does it take to ship the hair to Atlanta? Where is the hair coming from? I want to get my hair crocheted in using the toni and sania curl

    1. Curlfriend Staff says:

      Our shipping is 2-4 day priority and 1-2 day express. Our distribution center is located in Atlanta, so generally it take 1-2 to receive via priority mail.

  7. Quanda says:

    Everything surprised me! I did not know there was dry shampoo. My goodness!

  8. charfox says:

    I see the hair is roughly $15.00 a box, about how many boxes does it take to complete a whole head?

    1. Curlfriend Staff says:

      We recommend 4 boxes of 20″ for a natural volume and 6-8 boxes for 10″ styles.

  9. Rosa says:

    I will want to order the 20″ Kenzie curl but the order form only comes up on the Toni curl. Is Kenzie out of stock?

    1. Curlfriend Staff says:

      Hi Rosa! Please press shop in the navigation and select the Kenzie Curl to make purchase selections.

      1. Rosa says:

        I found it! Thanks

  10. cherie.lindsay.mhs says:

    Just ordered and I can’t wait! I have had some horrible experiences with crochet braids so I am hoping that this is the answer. I paid for express delivery (1 to 2 days) and hoping that I get them before Saturday, if so, they are going in Saturday morning!! So excited!! During the period when the braids are in, can you oil your scalp?

    1. Curlfriend Staff says:

      Great! Yes, you can lightly oil your scalp. Too much oil can cause buildup. We don’t recommend the use of oil on the curls. Thanks for choosing Curlkalon!!

  11. Fania L. Carson says:

    I purchased this hair for the first time in November of 2015 and the purchase I make to today will be my 3rd. I absolutely love this hair. My first experience was with the Saniya Curl and then the Kenzie. I love them both. I have shared my experience with so many: Colleagues, Friends, Sorors and Family. Thank You for bringing my crotchet look to life. Blessings to you all!!!!!!!

  12. Tasha says:

    Good advice!!

  13. DeAnna says:

    I was reluctant to use the product. However, once it was installed I was pleased. I have received so many compliments. I will be ordering more.

  14. marnitabrown47 says:

    Any suggestions on a braid pattern. My hair is short and thin in the top. I love wearing the curly styles however I can’t seems to get the braid pattern right and it comes a loose quickly any suggestions from anybody?

    1. Curlkalon Staff says:

      We suggested to add some braid hair to your braids for strength and longer wear.

      Here’s our suggested 8-braid pattern for our 20″ curls: https://instagram.com/p/BEOICASAbZm/

      1. CHOCOLATEDIVA752 says:

        My hair is quite thin also on top and sides – My braider uses light braid hair with small braids to protect my hair and the beehive pattern worked very well for me because it hides my parts as my hair grows

      2. strictlyweaves.jw says:

        If your hair is thin in the crown area you can also add a weaving net to add the crochet hair to.

        1. Curlkalon Staff says:

          Yes, a weaving net will give you a full style!

          1. msjeb says:

            Yes, my stylist uses a weaving net with GREAT SUCCESS!!!

  15. pxanders56 says:

    I am in love with this product. I have done the Kenzie curl & saniya curl, even though Kenzie is my favorite ( especially when I mix with the tt30), I love alternating with saniya. I receive compliments many times a day from lots of people. I keep the curls in for about 8 weeks and it still looks fabulous. You guys have a great product.!

    1. gyayers37 says:

      How many times have use the same hair?

  16. belinda says:

    Just a short note to let you know how much I love theses curls. I gave it another try and I was extremely satisfied with my product. Almost everyday I get endless compliments from people. I have had strangers on the street stop me and ask me about my hair. This is the best!!!!!! I’m about to make my third purchase.

  17. oes_star98 says:

    I ordered the Saniya about 3 months ago and just placed an order for the Kenzie. I have never had so many compliments on my hair and the maintenance was easy! I can’t wait until my order arrives. I LOVE your product!!

  18. Stacy says:

    I love love love my hair.. I’m on week 4 and don’t want to take it out. Every lives my hair too. Big hair fits my personality. #isupportblackbusiness #blackbizscope

  19. braidly says:

    It always seems that most people leave out the maintenance aspects when getting braids. Thanks for with great post!

  20. Ang says:

    Hello and thanks for curlkalon.

  21. Stephanie says:

    How does this hair stand up in a sauna?

    1. Curlkalon Staff says:

      Hi Stephanie! We don’t recommend to wear our curls in a sauna, due to the high levels of heat that can drop the curl pattern.

  22. lashandra11 says:

    I love the hair but I haven’t been able to get the color right. My hair is a tight thin coil of sandy brown and blonde. Since my hair is already in a tapered shape, I only needed to add volume to the top. I initially ordered the brown in Toni and the TT30 in Saniya. It looks like a half wig sitting on the top of my head. My confidence is super low right now. My hair is 3 different colors and 2 different textures. So in a panic I ordered TT27 in Saniya only to realize I really should have ordered 27 in Toni. I’ve waisted money with the 1st order, don’t really need the second order, and can’t wait to get the 3rd order. Hopefully the 3rd time is a charm because I’m really looking forward to a long relationship with Curlkalon.

  23. PECANTAN1989 says:

    I love, love the Kenzie curl! I wore mine for 8 weeks and got so many compliments. I recently ordered the Sanya in tt27 and didn’t care for the length or color. I needed more black to break up the blonde color. I will go back to Kenzie curl with either 2 or 4 color and add tt27 or tt30.

  24. Carla says:

    I want to try this hair for a short style. I just have a concern with having an allergic reaction to the alkaline lye coating on synthetic hair. Does this product have it?

    1. Curlkalon Staff says:

      Our curls are alkaline free.

  25. Can I pre-wash the hair with
    vinger before I install?

    1. Curlkalon Staff says:

      Hey Curlfriend, There’s no need! Our hair is made Alkaline free, meaning there’s no coating on the hair. Thanks for Choosing Curlkalon.

  26. Patricia A Grimes says:

    Can i pre-wash the hair with vinger before I install?

    1. Curlkalon Staff says:

      Hey, There’s no need. Our is Alkaline free, meaning there is no coating on the hair. Thanks for Choosing Curlkalon.

  27. Connie says:

    I love the Curlkalon hair. I have tried all the curl patterns and love them all. What do you recommend for maintaining the shine of the Curlkalon curls?

    1. Curlkalon Staff says:

      We recommend using our Effortless Curlcreme to soften, define and add a natural shine.

  28. stacyhightower says:

    I just ordered the Kenzie curls, how long do you recommend me leaving the hair in. (How many weeks)

    1. Curlkalon Staff says:

      We recommend leaving the curls in no longer than 8 weeks.

  29. Lonetta says:

    I have ordered Curlkalon hair twice. I love it. Whats the best product to give it a good shine. Seem as if mine was looking a little dull.

  30. Amme says:

    I just got my hair an I love the curlkalon hair, everyone thinks it’s my hair. I haven’t washed it yet. But I will be ordering again. When I wash it I will tell u the results.

  31. Lady T says:

    I love my short toni curls. But can you put mousse on the hair. Just wondering:)

    1. Curlkalon Staff says:

      We recommend using our Effortless CurlCreme to soften, define and add longer wear!

  32. kimibilia cowans says:

    What products can you use to make the hair soft

    1. Curlkalon Staff says:

      We recommend using our Effortless CurlCreme to soften and add longer wear to your curls.

  33. C. C. says:

    Due to scalp sensitivity, I have to do a cold water wash in synthetic hair before installing. Will washing your hair mess up the curl pattern?

    1. Curlkalon Staff says:

      We’re happy to say our curls are pre-washed and alkaline-free! No worries of itching and breakouts.

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