How to Get The Most Out of Your Crochet Braid Installation
Always prep your hair before installing crochet braids.
✓ Deep Condition
✓ Leave Conditioner/Moisturizer
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We recommend you soak the braids before installing with Apple Cider Vinegar. This removes the alkaline base that causes irritation when installed.
✓ Fill a bowl with warm water and a cup of apple cider vinegar.
✓ Place the crochet braids into the bowl for 20 minutes.
✓ Remove the hair when you see a white film appear (that's the alkaline base).
✓ Remove the hair from the water and rinse your hair with plain warm water.
✓ Squeeze out the excess water and let the hair air dry, the ACV smell will evaporate once the hair is dry.
✓ Install and style hair as normal!
Itchy Crochet Braids? ACV To The Rescue!
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How to Wash Your Hair
✓ Use a spray bottle of watered down shampoo and spray your scalp with the mixture.
✓ You can lightly massage your scalp with the pads of your fingers.
✓ Optional: Cowash the crochet braids very gently.Then gently rinse out the mixture you used to clean your scalp (and the cowash in the crochet braids).
✓ Optional: Condition the crochet braids as you would condition your normal hair, then rinse out the conditioner.
✓ Condition your own cornrowed hair by spraying it with a light mixture of leave-in conditioner.
✓ Finish by lightly adding a moisturizer to your hair and the added hair and sealing with an oil.
Note: Focus your attention on your scalp and not the crochet hair.
Note: To avoid loosening your hair, wash your crochet braids once every two weeks as opposed to once a week or more frequently.
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How to Get Rid of Irritation
Add some apple cider vinegar rinse to a spray bottle and spritz the mixture all over your head. You can also use a scalp anti-itch relief oil or spray.
Maintaining The Style
Keep the crochet hair neat by using mousse to minimize the frizz, you can also trim any flyways every couple days.
Use a water-based moisturizer, spray it on your scalp and natural hair to prevent them from drying out.
Sleeping With Them
Wrap up your crochet braids and cover them with our Satin Shower Caps, Braid Bonnet or Satin Bonnets.
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