I've had my crochet braids in for four weeks- longer than I planned. I'm taking them out this weekend, but I could probably go another week or two. My platinum hairs are growing in around my edges, so I need to color them. I'm really impressed that the hair hasn't matted or tangled. This is probably THE best $10 hair style I've ever had, lol. I also have been wearing it differently- parted in the middle, parted on the side, and front up, back out. Mornings have been great since I don't have to do much to my hair. I've been working out almost every day with no bad hair to show for it. This is how I have maintained this style for the past four weeks:
- Evening: Put it up in a high ponytail (pineapple method) and tie a silk scarf around my edges.
- Morning: Every other day spray my roots with a water/conditioner/oil/glycerin mix; spray the synthetic hair with water, take down the pineapple, shake and go. If my edges are really crazy looking, apply some edge gel and tie down my edges with a silk scarf for about 15 minutes.
- Working out: Keep it in the pineapple; I also play tennis 1-2 times a week, and I just wear it in a low ponytail.
- Once a week: Finger de-tangle the ends, cut stray hairs and apply mousse to the hair.
Pretty easy, huh? I can see how this style can be addictive!
If I see that my hair has thrived when I wash it tomorrow, I might install them again! I have some business trips coming up, and this is a great style for traveling!
I'm also going to put a black semi-permanent color in my hair this weekend. I haven't used black in about two years because sometimes I think it's a little too harsh for my skin tone and I really wanted to try to work with my natural dusty brown color...BUT, the black really helps my hair maintain moisture and absorb product. Plus it makes it look so shiny and thick! I really want to retain more length, especially in the front, and I believe the black color with help. Every time I think about the times my hair was the healthiest, I remember that it was black!