New Hair for the New Year!!!
Here goes my December post.. 🙂
I’ve been MIA all month-long since I haven’t had anything to post about and I’ve also been busy and focused on other things. Anyhow, this December post is happening right now, in the last hour of the last day of this month. Which means that in less than 60 minutes, it will be January 1st, 2014!!!
Currently, I am working on my January protective style: Crochet Micro Senegalese Twists. I know, I know…that’s a mouthful to say. I don’t even know if that is an official styles, but that’s the best way to describe what I’ve got going on here.
Below is my braid pattern:
I haven’t decided whether to sew the end (in the middle) down or not. Also, I would suggest doing the braids in the middle smaller and in an s-pattern rather than chunky braids. Also, to reduce even more tension, you can add synthetic hair to your braid pattern just as you would do a sew in. The only negative thing about that is the bulk it would add to the front when doing these twists. If you used marley hair or a thick/curly hair, it wouldn’t be as noticeable.
I used three packs of Xpressions hair (so far), and I cut them in half. I MIGHT have to purchase a fourth pack (tomorrow I ‘ll know for sure). I also used a bobby pin instead of a crochet needle. I’ve tried using the crochet needle (with closing-latch hook) this past April and it did not work out for me. I started off fine but with snagging my hair often in the needle. It was frustrating to use the crochet needle and I didn’t have the patience so I took out what I started and did some micro braids with the hair. After that, I told myself I wouldn’t try crochet braids again. So this is my first successful attempt at crochet braids, using a bobby pin and my tool of choice instead. It’s just easier for me.
So what changed my mind?
I wanted to install Senegalese twists for January, but I was concerned about the tension and pulling on my edges. I wanted to avoid or lessen breakage at all costs. So I figured crocheting these twists on would ease the tension. So I went on YouTube to see if anyone had done crochet braids with Senegalese twists, and I found a couple of women who did! So there, I put two and two together: crochet braiding and Senegalese twists. I also stumbled upon an alternative to the crochet method and heard about the bobby pin method. I didn’t search for any videos on it being done, I just envisioned it in my mind and knew how it should be done.
Below is the process:
- Take a small amount of hair and *stretch* it so that the ends are not blunt (this will help the ends from unraveling)
*by stretching I mean pulling some strands in the opposite direction to make the ends uneven*
- Take the hair by the middle and slide it in the opening of the bobby pin all the way to the end
- Use one hand to hold the strands tightly (close to the middle where it bends) and with the bobby pin in other hand, take and push the closed end underneath your braid and pull through with the hair
- Remove the bobby pin from the hair and pull one of the strands through so that they are even on both sides
- *Twist the strands together
*I used a spray bottle with water and spray the synthetic hair to give slip and twist faster..it helps my hands not use so much energy which made all of this pain-free! 🙂
I plan to finish up (hopefully) tomorrow and will have picture and finalize the information on how many packs of hair and how long it took some time later on.
- Step-by-step explanation above^^^plus detail edits
- It will take more than three packs of Xpressions hair (for this length and thickness), but not an entire four packs
- Still not finished, but good enough at least to go to work tomorrow 🙂
- More pictures coming soon, stay tuned!!
P.S: I am really considering making videos on YouTube in the future to add another dimension to share with you all. I’m thinking hair and beauty. Let me know what you think! 🙂
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!