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The hair you use for your crochet braids will make or break the style. I know this from personal experience, especially being that the first time I did crochet braids, I hated the hair that I used! Don’t get me wrong. I was still able to work with it, but had I known then what I know now, I would have done things a heck of a lot differently.
Why the brand of the hair matters:
The hair that you buy for crochet braids is typically inexpensive, so don’t be afraid to spend a few extra dollars for better quality hair. Otherwise, you will have a rough time molding it into the beautiful styles you see your favorite vloggers flaunting. If you are going for that natural twist out look and you are using Marley hair, you must thoroughly detangle the hair prior to setting it on rods. Hair that isn’t of the best quality will make this task even more of a chore than it has to be.
To get the results that you are looking for, what better way than to actually use the hair that you saw in your favorite tutorial for crochet braids?
Here are some of the most popular crochet braid tutorial videos along with the brand of hair that was used.
Femi Collection Marley Braid hair $4.99 per pack
The Brilliant Beauty didn’t even curl her hair in this tutorial, and the hair still looked great!
Isis Caribbean Bohemian Braiding Hair Soft Water Curl $4.99
The best part about choosing this brand is you don’t have to rod the hair. The hair already has a curl pattern. This means less work for you!
Cuban Twist Shake and Go $5.99
For those who are looking for a style that resembles a natural twist out, this is your go to hair. To achieve this look you will have to detangle, rod the hair and dip in hot water. To refresh the curls, Vlogger BorderHammer reapplied the rods once per week.
When you rod the hair, make sure you coil it tightly in a figure 8 like pattern, otherwise it comes out really frizzy.
Deciding which hair to purchase
What will ultimately effect which brand is best for you is whether you are looking for an afro, curly or twist/braid out look, as well as the time you are willing to invest. If you go for an afro look or hair that is already pre-curled, you definitely will spend less time on your hair as once you are done installing the hair, all that is left to do is cut your hair to frame your face, primp and go. However, if you are looking for that twist out style that closely mimics kinky textured hair, you are going to have to put a little bit more time in rodding the hair and you need a brand like the Cuban Twist hair.