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Monday, February 16, 2015

Protective Style Series Vol 3.4 | Questions, Answers, Pros, and Cons of Freetress Cuban Twist

Crochet Braids Freetress Cuban Twist
Here are the answers to your questions, pros, and cons of my journey with Crochet Braids with Freetress Cuban Twist:


Questions and Answers about Freetress Cuban Twist

"How do you make your hair look real? How you get that natural part?"

I did a specific braiding pattern that allowed the faux hair to fall a certain way, instead of doing my braiding pattern straight back. Check out TastePink YouTube Channel to learn how to make your crochet braids look like your natural hair with the side part.


"How do you upkeep your hair and the faux hair?"
I used water and Shea crème to keep the faux hair soft and manageable. Whenever I did a braid out or roller set with the faux hair, I would detangle with my Denman to have a sleek finish. For my own hair, I used Alikay Naturals Leave-in and my oil mixture in applicator bottles to reach my braids and scalp. I also massaged my scalp and baby hairs 4x a week with JBCO.
Crochet Braids Freetress Cuban Twist



"Do you wash your hair? How do you cleanse your scalp?"
I did not wash the faux hair, but I did use diluted Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner to cleanse my scalp. I put my faux hair in 6 jumbo twists to clearly feel my scalp for cleansing. After cleansing, I added Alikay Naturals Leave-in and my oil mixture to moisturize and seal my natural hair. I allowed my natural hair to air dry at least 80%, then styled my faux hair.



"How does your faux hair behave? Does it tangle and mat?"

It does mat a bit, but if detangling the hair will shed...that depends how many times the hair was knotted when installed. I knotted the hair only once, because the hair is tough and bulky anyways. I didn't want my hair to get too big from the knots.


Crochet Braids Freetress Cuban Twist
"What is the best night routine?"
With Cuban Twist hair, the best night routine would be to re-braid, re-twist, or pin curl the hair to keep the style. Also, sleep on a satin pillow case or use a satin bonnet to protect the style. Do not sleep with the Cuban Twist hair just out to "protect" the style. Your hair will flatten and look a mess when you wake up in the morning.


Pros of Freetress Cuban Twist

Crochet Braids Freetress Cuban Twist
1). This is a protective style that is very convenient. I'm so serious when I say that all I did was wake up and fluff.

2). I love the style and the shape I chose. I love the short look on myself and the Cuban Twist hair really gave me some thickness I like for my styles.

3). This is definitely door, clothes, jewelry, and baby friendly. Having long hair or twists would cause more caution when walking, sitting, and playing with the baby. But having the short style gave me freedom from all that extra stuff.


Cons of Freetress Cuban Twist

1). There is too much maintenance with this hair. Seriously! I had to cut, detangle, spray, twist, trim, braid, roll, and repeat with this hair. It was frustrating and just too much for me.

2). I did not like the braid pattern. I liked my braiding pattern, but I bobby pinned my ends. But it didn't stay at all! Now I know that the braiding pattern needs to be sewn down...I'll just use pink or neon orange thread.

3). The hair would get stiff. Since this hair is not a soft texture, it does get stiff and tough after a while. That's when the hair would need to be refreshed and maintenance...Nope, don't have the time!

4). I HATE re dipping my faux hair in boiling water. Seriously, this is the most scariest thing ever! I surely do not recommend you doing this by yourself either. I boiled my water in a huge pot and took small amounts of water out in a mug to re curl my hair...I absolutely hated that and I don't have enough courage to do this method.

Crochet Braids Freetress Cuban Twist
5). The hair sheds. I knotted the hair only once because the hair is so thick. But yes the hair does shed when detangled to refreshen. I don't like seeing excess hair on my face, clothes, and my baby.


The Future of Freetress Cuban Twist

"Will you use this hair again?"
I will not do another crochet set with Cuban Twist again. No maam!!!


"When are you taking out this style?"
Actually, I'm taking it out after I write this article. I have the scissors ready. Here is a tutorial for safe removal.



Protective Style Series Vol 3.1 | Pre-dip Marley And Cuban Twist Hair
Protective Style Series Vol 3.2 | Freetress Equal Cuban Twist Braid
Protective Style Series Vol 3.3 | 10 Tips For Successful Crochet Braids
Protective Style Series Vol 3.5 | How To Safely Remove Crochet Braids


Natural hair says:  The best way to find the hair for you is to continue to try different kinds of brands and products. Do your research and try them for yourself. If you need any assistance, check out Facebook crochet braids groups, message boards, or contact Twana on her website Crochet Braids By Twana.


Always Desire Your Natural,


Christina J



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