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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Crochet Braids | The Journey Of FreeTress Bohemian Crochet Braids

Women's Day Tea Party...The Queen is rocking her crochet braids!

This has definitely been a journey with the FreeTress Bohemian Crochet Braids. I honestly had the best time with this hair with hardly any issues and lots of #selfies. Here are my weekly pictures of FreeTress Bohemian Crochet Braids:

Week 1

Style Of The Week
Just so fresh and full of life, my crochet braids are absolutely beautiful! I'm just so proud of my work.

Week 2

Lots of frizz, but the style now looks more natural. The nape is beginning to get tangly, but that's where my mousse comes in to soften the hair back up. 

Week 3

With cleaning weekly and moisturizing every few days, my crochet braids are still beautiful! I'm really loving this style and love how it has really become one of my favorite styles!! The frizz is awesome and the curl pattern is still vibrant. My side part is frizzing up, so I fixed the front to create a bang-ish look. I have noticed my hair is getting more volume with the frizz. I absolutely love it!

Week 4

Now the hair is starting to really be tangled at the nape and the hair is starting to loose it's curl. My part is very non-existent and I'm having that tingly feeling to wash my hair. However, my 4 week journey is now complete! This is definitely a great protective style for me.

What are the pros of FreeTress Bohemian?

1). Looks very natural - Although the hair looks really shiny in the pack, it will look natural once the hair is installed. The hair will frizz over time, which makes the hair look much more natural.  As long as the hair is cared for, it will continue to sway and have a bounce to it. I used a mousse every few days to give the hair a natural shine and bounce to it.

2). Easy to install and doesn't take a long time - This took me 2 1/2 hours, from start to finish, only because I was taking my time. The hair comes pre-separated, which makes it easy to crochet.

3). Easy to wrap at night (used satin bonnet) - Just get a bonnet and put it over the hair. No need to 'strategically' wrap your faux hair. It will come out great in the morning. So sleep however you would like to!

FreeTress Bohemian Crochet Braids
4). Easy to moisturize own hair with applicator bottle or fingers - Since this is a protective style, I would need to ensure that my natural hair is properly cared for...and she is! Every 2 or 3 days, I would use some water/Aloe Vera Juice and coconut oil to moisturize and seal my hair. It is best to use light products to keep the scalp light and not weighed down with product.

5). Can 'wake, shake, and go' - I literally don't do anything to my hair, but add mousse (if needed). I don't spend much time on my hair in the mornings or evenings. Since this hair has a natural, loosely-defined curl pattern, it will look great as long as it is properly cared for

6). No buildup on the hair - I do use a mousse to keep the hair bouncy and full of life, but the product melts right into the hair.

7). Loved the braiding pattern - This allowed the hair to fall naturally and for me to not worry about how to moisturize or oily my hair/scalp. This was so easy to handle. I would like to change how I did the middle braid to allow it to lay flat, but this was a pretty good braiding foundation.

What are the cons of FreeTress Bohemian?

1). Separated hair to have more for the pack - I wanted to have more for the pack, but that was just too unnecessary. I only separated the bottom of my style, which came out too frizzy and the curl pattern was really non-existent. Sometimes when I would 'wake, shake, and go,' the bottom would literally be stuck, so I would have to spend a few more minutes adding mousse and 'fixing' the bottom of my style. No need to separate this hair.

2). Too much care for side part - Although the part was very natural, it was too much work to make sure that the knots didn't show. Sometimes I would just want to shake my hair randomly throughout the day, but I would have to quickly find a mirror to make sure that my side part was looking correct. I would then add bobby pins to create my side part, but that was just too much of a hassle. Eventually I created uneven bangs, which gave my style more of a chic-look.

3). The hair tangles, especially the nape - This did not bother me as much, because the hair is so spirally and the frizz covers the tangles. I mean, this is synthetic hair and it is not meant to last forever. If the tangles were to get too out of control, I would just cut them out or reshape my style.

The FAQs about FreeTree Bohemian and Crochet Braids

"Is this style hard to do?"
Not at all! Check out my tutorial or other tutorials on YouTube. This is even the perfect style for a beginner.

"Why did you do that specific braiding pattern? How you get that natural part?"
I wanted to have a side part in my style, which created the 'invisible part.' Instead of cornrowing my hair back, I braided my hair on a slanted-curved angle to allow my hair to fall a natural way. I feel cornrowing the hair back gives an unnatural look, then you would be forced to do 'knotless crochet braids.' Nothing wrong with that...I just prefer something simpler for me.

"How do you care for your crochet braids?
Check out How To Care For Natural Hair While Wearing Crochet Braids and 5 Tips On How To Care For Your Style for more information.  

"What is the best night routine?"
Honestly, I just put a satin bonnet on my hair for night. Sometimes I would massage my scalp with coconut oil, but that's about it.

When did you first think, "I miss my curls!"
Honestly, I never thought about missing my curls. It doesn't have anything to do with not loving my hair, because I most certainly do! I enjoyed the style as protecting my hair that I also enjoyed the entire style itself. I think it has something to do with the Bohemian Hair looking so natural and almost like my curl pattern, I didn't think of it as 'not being mine,' but as 'this hair is definitely me.'

Do your friends and family like your style?
Absolutely! They love my style because it portrays my personality.

FreeTress Bohemian Crochet Braids
How did you like your style?
I absolutely loved it! The pros definitely outweighed the cons and the cons are an easy fix. I absolutely love the curl pattern and the length of the style.  I really liked how this style resembled a wash n go too. This style definitely fit me very well!

Is there anything you would change about your crochet braids?
Even though I liked the side part for a natural look, I would have rather had bangs with the beehive pattern. At least my style would have still looked full without the hassle. I felt that I cared for the side part too often, to make sure that no knots were showing.

Is there anything you regret about your crochet braids?
Not at all!

The Future Of FreeTress Bohemian

Would I get this hair again?

Would I recommend?

Check out my crochet braids journey:

Protective Style Series Vol 6.1 | FreeTress Bohemian Crochet Braids
Protective Style Series Vol 6.2 | How To Care For Natural Hair While Wearing Crochet Braids
Protective Style Series! Vol 6.4 | How To Remove Crochet Braids Carefully

Check out more crochet braids articles:

Crochet Braids | LOME Marley Braid Hair
The Journey Of Freetress Water Wave Braid
Questions, Answers, Pros, and Cons of Freetress CubanTwist
Questions, Answers, Pros, and Cons of Freetress Braid Senegalese Twists Small

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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