Outre 3D X-Pression Crochet Braids ReviewWednesday, November 09, 2016
Something different indeed!
Since the end of Summer '16, I've been doing a bit of research on a protective style that would:
- give me a break from my hair for a few weeks
- allow me access to my scalp
- be affordable
- lightweight (no tension to the scalp)
- quick/fast to install
- fun to style
The other day I posted a picture of my new protective style on Instagram and received requests to blog about this new do!
My cousin was able to bless me with her skills (it was a first time for the both of us *Shhhh*) and we had so much fun doing it! She did my cornrows and then crocheted the individual braids. My cousin followed all the steps in the video below from Kiitana, to braid my hair in the "X" pattern. She crocheted my ends into the braids itself (to make it more compact). I have about 10 cornrows from ear-to-ear. The entire process took approximately 2 hours.
Below is the make and style of the 3D Braid that I used. I love the fact that the braid is in a cube-like form. It's 3 dimensional look makes it very unique and chic! It reminds me of the 90's box braids style - which I love so much!
I got colour 1B in 18" inches. It's extremely lightweight yet very textured and thick. What's also unique about this hair is that it's twisted at the ends helping to prevent the braid from unraveling. I used a total of 5.5 packs. Each pack was $10.99 CAD at the Beauty Supply Store.
Below is the crochet needle I used and an up-close look at the 3D crochet braid with loop:
I picked up this spandex cap to protect my crochet braids at night. I use a long rectangular satin scarf around the perimeter of my hairline to keep it neat and fresh everyday. After I tie my scarf, I then tuck all of my ends into the spandex bonnet and pull it over to the top of my head. The bonnet is so stretchy with a satin feel and it fits all of my braids perfectly. I picked this up for $4.99 CAD at the Beauty Supply Store.
Overall I'm loving this fall/winter protective style!!! My hair is tucked away and I don't have to think about it for a while. Plus, the hubby approves the new look :) I always wanted box braids but couldn't stand the thought of sitting down for 6-7 hours and worrying about my hair being dried out by the "braid hair". With these crochet braids, I can now spray my scalp and new growth with my Scurl No Drip (maybe every 2 days) with ease knowing that my hair will not dry out.
To be honest my scalp is not used to the "tension", though it is mild. What can I say? I'm tender-headed! I know the feeling will pass over the next couple of days so I'm not worried. Anyway, I love how quick and easy it is to style-and-go! I think I will leave it in for approximately 3-4 weeks. I'm currently 13 weeks post relaxer so I'll probably remove the braids early December and relax shortly after.
Just wanted to share!