Hello beautiful! What have you and your hair been up to? 🙂 I’m currently protective styling with crochet twists.
My hair had been acting a little weird (more about this later) and I needed to just, put it away so I could focus on other things, and get my hair strategy together (because, sometimes, this is war!) Mini twists are my comfort zone right now, so that’s pretty much how I’ve been wearing my hair since the year began! I was on a tight budget (so broke!) and, though mini twists would cost me nothing, I felt strongly that I needed to do something different with my hair.
When You Want To Look Cute, But You’re On A Budget…
I wanted to switch up my look, but at the same time, I wasn’t sure how badly I wanted the change. You know that feeling? Like you don’t want to sit down to get braids, and then take them out 2 weeks later. I didn’t have the time. I needed a hairstyle that was: Fast, protective and not so expensive.
Crochet braids is a trend that isn’t going anywhere soon because it is so convenient (fast) and gentle on the hair. However, until recently, you could say that crochet hairstyles can be expensive. Crochet braids extensions from America come in these scanty packs, some recommending that you need 7 packs for a full head. 3500 per pack x 7 packs is 24,500 Naira and abeg, I just can’t. Doesn’t make sense to me.
Enter, Double-Up 4 Crochet Twists!
They are made here in Lagos, and cost me only 950 naira a pack. I used 3. 🙂
Each pack had about 30 twists, and I measured with a tape, the twists are about 18 inches long.
I crocheted the hair myself, with a latch hook, but because I can’t cornrow (yet) I had to go to the salon to get the braiding pattern done.
It was a very simple “all back” pattern, see more braiding patterns for crochet braids here. On Day 1, I was concerned that the cornrows at the back were too big, but it’s all good now. I guess they’ve flattened out.
Latch hooks are not hard to find these days (*hint hint* Noble Kinky Bulk Expressions hair is like 1500 a pack, and the ones I saw in my ‘hood come with latch hooks, one per pack) If you can’t get one, you can use an enlarged bobby pin. My Crochet Braids Picture Tutorial is still very valid. See it HERE.
Months ago, I read about Naomi Boom extensions on Esther Otomi’s blog here, as an affordable alternative to the popular Havana Mambo Twists. These Double-up 4 Twists I got are smaller in size than Naomi Boom, and a little shinier.
Sure, the packaging of these crochet twists could be better- there was no indication as to the length on the label. In one of the packs, the twists were not uniform. A good number of them were bigger than the rest, so, if you’re buying this hair, you might want to look closely. Still, I don’t mind much. Can you see the difference in size below?
I love that (for the most part) they are not chunky like I’m used to. I’ve been rocking big chunky kinky Havana twists since 2013. I never thought this day would come lol but I am TIRED. If I can find even smaller twists, like Senegalese twists, at this price range, I’d be very happy!
That said, I’m enjoying my twists. They are neat, well done, and holding up well.
At 950 a pack, the 3 cost me 2,850 Naira. Add 700 Naira for cornrows at the salon + 1 hour installation time at home. You too can slay on a budget, with good cheap hair and my crochet braids tutorial!
Two weeks in, and two more weeks to go. I love, love, that more Nigerian companies are getting into the business of crochet braids extensions- low-end and high-end. I was at Balogun Market last week, and I saw many! SO here for this new development y’all. Here for it!
For maintenance, I go to sleep in my satin bonnet always. A few days ago, I freshened my scalp by wiping it with the same Micellar cleansing water I use on my face. Every now and then (like today) I oil lightly with castor oil. Nothing too elaborate, just taking each day as it comes.
What do you think of my crochet twists? Are you down with cheap crochet hair, like I am? What affordable, and better yet, local brands have you discovered lately? Share!