Time For A Change Back To Shoulder Length!


Nah it’s not what you think, I didn’t cut my hair off! But I am wearing shorter hair for the next few weeks.

This style is courtesy of crotchet (latch hook) braids and I love this look so much I can’t believe that I haven’t done this before. I used synthetic kinky curly hair (because of the knotting needed during installation). Sythetic hair is also good because the curls don’t get bent out of shape during the night.

All my own hair is in cornrows going straight back underneath the braids and unlike a weave, I have much more access to my scalp so it does not feel hot and stuffy. Even though the hair looks big, it is very light and because my scalp is much more aerated than with a weave when I wash my hair it dries pretty quickly.

Another major benefit is that because the hair is installed in pieces (‘braids’) there is no tangling or combing required. Talk about a lazy style!

I will definitely be doing this style again, it takes more time to install than a weave but much less time than regular braids which is great. The takedown, I’ve heard is easier than both weave and braids because all you have to do is undo the cornrows!

I will write a bit more about crotchet braids and how to install them etc later this week on the main site.

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  • Hairchica

    lol! my heart literally skipped a beat, I thought you had chopped it off!! Lovely looking braids.

  • EbonyCPrincess

    Girl my heart literally skipped at beat at the title! I've been eyeing crochet braids for a while too, African Export did an amazing tutorial on her daughter.

  • Shaniqua

    Guuuurl, don't play like that, I have invested too much in your hair so you are not allowed to do anything but a trim without running it by me! lol Your braids are cute, how long did it take you to put them in?

    • Lol! It took me about 3 hours with plenty of breaks.

  • Cmoney

    Hey Alma I just want to say that I have decided to go natural since February of 2012 but I just thought that meant no more relaxing and just wash once every two weeks followed by blow drying and flat ironed. That was my regimen for the last few months and notice that my hair just did a 360 on me and I had no way of controlling until I came across your site. I have learned so much from your stories, updates and blogs and I feel now I am introduced to a whole new world of how to take care of my natural hair. You have taught me so much and I would just like to thank you for being a role model of many of us through our trial and journey. Keep up the good work and when in doubt I would most definitely hit you up first for advise. Thanks again and have a blessed day!

    • Aww! You are very welcome!

  • Robyn Walker

    I'm interested in transitioning from relaxing to natural. The last time I got a relaxer was in July and so far I try to wash and condition about every week or two using Andre Walker Keratin Treatment which hasn't done me wrong thus far. Are you familiar with those products. Then I use some Creme of Nature Argan Oil when I'm done and maybe again after styling. I use CHI flat irons too. First off, I'd like to be more consistent with keeping m hair healthy and moisturized so I don't deal with dandruff! Secondly, is it possible to transition without the braids and weave?

    • Hi Robyn. I've heard of Andre Walker but I haven't used his products. You can transition without protective styling but expect plenty of breakage at the line of demarcation. It can be done but IMO most people find the two textures way too difficult to deal with week in week out so it leads to earlier big chops.

  • Hi, I’m so glad to have come across this. I’ve been searching the past few days for something I can do for my hair. I think this might be what I go with.

    • Crotchet braids are really fun and so easy to take care of! I’m sure you will love them.