What I did:
I used 2 packs of Free Tress Water Wave hair bought from my local beauty supply store. I wanted to buy the bohemian hair, since I thought the texture would be closer to mine, but I couldn't find the Bohemian in the three stores I went to. One package was the color 4, and the other was 4/27 because I wanted to mix in some lighter hair. I paid $5 per pack for the hair and $2 for the crochet hook, also at the beauty supply store.
After washing, conditioning and lightly blow drying my hair, I cornrowed my hair. I did 8 braids going back in the top half of my hair, then I connected 2 of those braids to create 4 braids, and used them to start 4 cornrows in the back. I used the braids at my nape to make one cornrow going across at the bottom. I did this so that I could wear my hair up without showing the parts in the cornrows. I then looped the hair into my braids using the crochet hook.
Overall, I like this style! It was my first time doing it, so there are a few minor things I would do differently next time, like planning my braid pattern a little better. A lot of the videos I watched suggested more than 8 braids, but I'm glad I didn't do more. I think it would have made my style look fuller than what I wanted. Having less braids makes it more difficult to wear in an updo, but that's okay with me. I trimmed a little of the hair, but I want more of a shape, so I may go to a salon to get it trimmed a little more. What I like most about this style is that it's easy, and it doesn't have to be perfect. It's okay if your parts aren't straight. I do wish I had braided the center braids closer together so that my part would look more natural, but other than that, I'm excited to have a no/lo maintenance style for a while!