Curly Marley Crochet Braids!
I installed some old marley hair that I had previously used on some kinky twists. If you do not know how to crochet braid your hair. Check out this video on YouTube. It was about 3-4 packs which I think was way to much hair, so I suggest 2.5 packs of hair. I wore my hair untouched for about 2 days, then I decided to roller set it.
Before roller setting with hot water, I first brushed out all my installed hair. I have read that some people do not brush out their hair, so it is possible to skip this step.
Then I very tightly rolled all my hair on to perm rods. Because of the length of my crochet braids, bendy foam rollers would've been ideal, but I do not own any.
I chose the orange perm rods, but you could certainly use any size you would like. Remember the smaller the rod, the tighter the curl. I chose to use large sections of hair, thus creating a softer curl. For more defined curls, section off smaller amounts of hair.
While you are you are setting your rods or rollers, boil a large pot of water. Use a mug to dip the rollers into the boiling water. Be careful not to burn your hand, I've learned to use a ladle to help fill my mug after burning myself several times.
Also be careful to not burn your scalp from the steam. Instead of using my fingers to push down my rolled hair into the mug, I used a spare perm rod to submerge it. Be sure to have a towel on hand to soak up all the excess hot water from the rolled hair. Wait at least 5 minutes before removing the perm rods or rollers.
So after a day, I learned why no one really wears this hair long. It tangles so easily!!!! It was so beautiful in the beginning, but after a day of shopping and running around after a toddler, my hair became a tangled mess!!!! I really did not want to take it down so I decided to cut it above my shoulders so it could do less rubbing which lead to the tangles.
This is how it looked after I chopped off the tangled ends and brushed it out.
I then two strand twisted the hair and secured the blunt ends with rubber bands, then rod set the ends with small gray rods. I re-dipped my hair in boiling water.
Maintenance: I moisturize my natural hair underneath by spraying a mixture of glycerin & water or olive oil & water on my cornrows. Any moisturizer can be used, I prefer something light with no smell. I do not apply anything to the installed hair, because it is synthetic and requires nothing. If you feel the need to put something on it, I recommend water. Anything else will only weigh your hair down and cause it to get dirty faster. If properly installed, crochet braids can be washed. I suggest a watered down shampoo in a spray bottle. I usually do not shampoo my crochet braids, only my scalp from time to time if necessary. At night, I lean over and stuff my hair in a bonnet. By inverting my head when I put on my bonnet I allow my hair to maintain its volume. I re-curl my hair weekly to keep my hair style looking fresh. This style can last up to 8 weeks with proper care. Maintenance is a must!