Hey Ladies, it’s that time again!!! No not spring, but “vacation season” has arrived and is here to stay (well, at least for the next 4 months). Typically the biggest decision is deciding what you’re going to do with your hair. When curling and flat ironing your hair in the midst of the Caribbean Heat is completely out of the question, what do you do? Allow me reintroduce an “oldie” but “goodie” quick and easy hairstyles to commemorate your fun in the summer. The Crochet Hairstyle.

Photo Credit: Rinny[Photographer].September 6, 2015. [Photo of Havanna Twist]. Retrieved April 19, 2016 from http://blackgirllonghair.com/2015/09/easy-crochet-havana-mambo-twists-in-under-30-minutes/.
Photo Credit: Rinny[Photographer].September 6, 2015. [Photo of Havanna Twist]. Retrieved April 19, 2016 from http://blackgirllonghair.com/2015/09/easy-crochet-havana-mambo-twists-in-under-30-minutes/.
Photo Credit: BeautyCanBraid[ Photographer]. August 2015. [Photo of Havana Mambo Twist “12].Retrieved April 19, 2016 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtS4bDKG3tg.
Photo Credit: BeautyCanBraid[ Photographer]. August 2015. [Photo of Havana Mambo Twist “12].Retrieved April 19, 2016 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtS4bDKG3tg.
Just to recap the crochet, or “latch hook” hairstyle was originally popular in the 90s. It consisted of a braided base and synthetic hair being attached to the braids via crochet needle. Now, the hair style has been revamped and revitalize. It still consists of a braided base and the use of the crochet needle, but instead of boring synthetic hair, you can achieve hairstyles like box braids, dreads, and Sengalese twist in the half the time.

 

Photo Credit: [Untitled Picture of Blue Crochets]. Retrieved April 19, 2016 from http://www.aliexpress.com/popular/large-hair-pieces.html.
Photo Credit: [Untitled Picture of Blue Crochets]. Retrieved April 19, 2016 from http://www.aliexpress.com/popular/large-hair-pieces.html.
Photo Credit: BeautyCanBraid [Photographer/Hair Stylist].January 2016. [Photo of Dread Crochets 2X Mambo Faux Locks/ Janet Collection].Retrieved on April 19, 2016 from https://www.youtube.com/user/Bioubiou02.
Photo Credit: BeautyCanBraid [Photographer/Hair Stylist].January 2016. [Photo of Dread Crochets 2X Mambo Faux Locks/ Janet Collection].Retrieved on April 19, 2016 from https://www.youtube.com/user/Bioubiou02.
Beyond the braids, crochets can be utilized to achieve more natural looks like Afros and Twist sets giving the illusion that the hair is coming directly from your scalp.

Photo Credit: Thestylenewnetwork[Photographer]. Sept 2014.[Photograph Blonde Crochet Fro]. Retrieved
Photo Credit: Thestylenewnetwork[Photographer]. Sept 2014.[Photograph Blonde Crochet Fro]. Retrieved
Photo Credit: Instagram / all_things_virtuous[Photographer].2015. [Photograph of Crochet Transformation]. Retrieved April 20, 2016 from http://www.foliver.com/hair/41-chic-crochet-braid-hairstyles-for-black-hair/15/.
Photo Credit: Instagram / all_things_virtuous[Photographer].2015. [Photograph of Crochet Transformation]. Retrieved April 20, 2016 from http://www.foliver.com/hair/41-chic-crochet-braid-hairstyles-for-black-hair/15/.
Crochets can be easily maintained by using a satin bonnet or silk scarf to wrap your hair at night. In addition, the braided base provides easy access to the scalp to cleanse or to apply oil(s) ensuring that your scalp remains healthy through the duration of the hairstyle. Note: standard shampooing may be difficult due to the texture, fibers and types of hair used, but don’t be afraid to explore dry shampoos that can be applied and wiped off the scalp without the use of water. Depending your “up keep” this hairstyle can last ~6-8 weeks.

Many hair brands provide an array of textures and styles that can aid you in diversifying your crochet looks. Here’s a quick list to get started:

Click here (http://www.foliver.com/hair/41-chic-crochet-braid-hairstyles-for-black-hair/15/ ) for more crochet looks and enjoy the sunny days ahead!

Written By: Chimere Brown

 

 

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