I recently arrived back from vacation. My husband and I were able to spend five days in a beautiful tropical location, Cancun, Mexico. I knew water would be involved and by that, I didn't mean just a dip in the pool. I am a true ocean lover. Whenever there is water involved I am all in!! But…
Who really wants to spend their time wrestling with hair? I’d rather be taking in the resort and soaking all of the sun possible! I had to have a true honest moment of the actions that I should take.
With that being said, its time for the checklist to consider the possibilities:
-Let my own hair free you say. Well, that is an option, however daily washing and styling would be needed. In addition to carrying a number of hair products for my wash and styling… That cancels that.
-Wig it out. But did I mention being in the water and the need to wash out the chemicals and salt from my own hair? The health of my hair was my priority… Cancel the wig.
-Weave Installation. Oh, yes, how about a wavy or a curly look? Or even a nice kinky texture? Well, it would work actually. I would just have to wash my hair and depending on the install, blend my hair for styling(packing products for the wash and styling). The cost of a great installation just to continually get it wet, I just CANNOT.
-Wait, did you say crochets? Oh yes you did! I only paid for the hair at $6.70 per pack and installed the hair myself.
I live in an extremely rural area! I ordered the hair from Elevate Styles(this is not an endorsed posting), after reading many reviews I purchased 8 packs of Bobbi Boss Crochet Braid Nu Locs 18 inches of hair. Each pack of hair contains 21 crochet braids. I purchased 2 packs of 99J and 6 packs of the color 1. I was able to select one free gift(I selected an archer). Due to the total, I qualified for free base shipping. That is what I stuck with, I did not want to pay extra. My order was placed for the Bobbi Boss Crochet Braid Nu Locs and received within three days. The items received were exactly what I intended during my purchase.
I pulled my hair box out, grabbed my crochet needle and got started.
***I need to pause and thank my cousin for braiding my hair so nicely as a base to install.***
I wanted a versatile installation. Below is a picture of the overall braiding pattern used. I enjoyed the pool and beach with this hair. I got my hair and face wet several times. I have even washed this hair. It's not overly heavy when wet, there is some additional weight until the hair dries. The hair dried quickly, I allowed it to air dry. After the wash closer to the base of the braid, there were some stringy hairs, I ran scissors along the various locs to remedy that.
As far as nightly care, the first four nights, I tied my hair in a scarf or bonnet. My regular routine is to sleep on a satin case or use an extra large scarf to cover my pillow. Just thinking… that means my hair is actually protected??? Yes!!!….Girl, yes!!! That’s is exactly what I do, lay it on down. Real dreads aren’t 100% mess free and well parted unless they were newly retwisted. I allow my natural edges to do what they may which in turn gives the crochets are more natural look.
I cannot tell you how many compliments that I have received on this hairstyle. And….shh, a number of people who think that they are growing out of my scalp. To up glam the look I visited a local Beauty Store to purchase multi-color hair cuffs.
Pull out that Rasta Mon!!!