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Monday, February 9, 2015

Crochet Braids | Pre-dip Marley And Cuban Twist Hair

Pre-dip Marley And Cuban Twist Hair
It has been a long time coming y'all! I finally figured out how to curl my Marley and Cuban Twist hair for crochet braiding! The process is so simple and yet so important to do correctly or you will:
  • lose out money! (5.99 for 5 packs y'all...just saying that can add up)
  • miss out on an awesome style
  • no opportunity to try something new
  • have to go back to the beauty supply house for more hair


So it's always best to learn how to pre-dip the hair correctly and effectively. I jacked up on my Marley install a few months ago with the hair already crocheted in trying to curl my hair...but I learned so much from that dud style. From me to you, here is the process:

Choose the best hair possible

I don't know much about human hair (which I wouldn't recommend for crochet braids), but for synthetic hair you should use: FreeTress Cuban Twist, Vanessa Marley Braid, Femi Marley Braiding Hair, and Sensationnel Synthetic Reggae Braid. You can get these from your local beauty supply from $4.99 to $10.00 a pack.

Marley Hair For Crochet Braids

Figure out if you want long hair or short hair

You don't want to install long hair just to cut it short...that's a waste of money. Look at pictures for inspiration to see what style you are looking for. This will also determine how many packs of hair you need (shoulder length = 2-4 packs...longer = 3-6 packs)

Figure out if you want to curl the hair before you do your install or while your hair is in crochet braids

If you don't have another person to help you or you have a fear of POSSIBLE second degree burns, then I suggest you pre-dip the hair before install.

Using Hot Water To Pre-Curl Hair For Crochet Braids
Not for me...but everyone is different. Please take caution if you choose to dip after install!!!!!

Choose the curl pattern you want

There are so many curl patterns and ways to do it. Check below for curl patterns using perm rods (cold wave rods).

Perm Rods To Curl Crochet Hair

Detangle the hair

Marley and Cuban twist hair has a tougher texture...meaning, you need to work with it to give you the best style possible. Use the Denman or regular paddle brush to thoroughly detangle the hair to get the kinks and blinks out of the strands. This will give your style a sleek-finished look.

Pre-dip Marley And Cuban Twist Hair

Curl the hair around the roller in figure 8

The finished style will have a bouncier look and a longer lasting style than curling the hair "regularly" around the perm rod.

Pre-dip Marley And Cuban Twist Hair

Curling Marley Hair In Purple Perm Rods

Get boiling water ready

Whether you are using a mug from a coffee pot full of water or a pot on the stove, get the water boiling hot. The hair will have a bouncier and defined curl and not stringy locks. Keep in boiling water for 15 seconds, then scoop out with a ladle or huge spoon. Be careful not to touch the boiling water! You may need to refill your water a couple of times, if you see the water becoming "murky."

Pre-dip Marley And Cuban Twist Hair

Boiling Hot Water To Curl Marley Hair

Allow to dry before taking hair off the rollers

Place the rollers on a towel or sit under a hooded dryer (air dry/blow dryer) to allow the hair to dry effectively. This will give your hair a sleek finish and you won't have wet hair on your neck.

Pre-dip Marley And Cuban Twist Hair

Pre-Dipped Marley Hair For Crochet Braids

Enjoy your curly crochet braids!

Check out my crochet braids journey:

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 3.4 | Questions, Answers, Pros, and Cons of Freetress CubanTwist
Protective Style Series Vol 3.5 | How To Safely Remove Crochet Braids

Natural hair says: you can always touch up your crochet braids install when the curls are not as bouncy. Try changing the curl pattern for different styling option.

Always Desire Your Natural,

Christina J

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