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.
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