My latest protective style has been Havana twists! Not just any Havana twists, but crochet! I was initially apprehensive of crochet twists because I wasn’t sure if they were going to look like… crochet. I was even going to opt for the tried and true Marley hair for a crochet fro but I am so glad I hung on to my curiosity rather than fear. My crochet twists are definitely one of my top favorite styles I’ve done so far!
I especially LOVE the color.While I don’t plan on dying my hair anytime soon, the beauty of protective styles is that I can play with different colors on synthetic hair rather than dying my actual hair.
- 5 1/2 packs of Janet Collection Havana Mambo Twist, 1 EXTRA pack that I ended up returning
- Mix between (5) 1B/30 and (2) ombre packs (OEM4/30)
- Braiding time : 3 1/2 hours
- Crochet time: 2 hours
- Durability: The twists did get frizzy, as I expected, after about a week and a half. I maintained the styles by trimming the stray hairs and tangles. At the start of week 4, I replaced the most frizzy twists with the extra pack of hair from my 6th pack.
- Maintenance: I continue to moisturize my scalp and base braids with leave-in conditioner and oil(coconut or Jamaican black castor oil). I wash my hair using a spray bottle, while tying the twists up in a pineapple. I mix ACV and water together in the bottle and rinse the mixture through my scalp, avoiding the mass of hair for an easier wash day and quicker drying. I follow with conditioner as usual.
LOVE this style and I’ll definitely try jumbo twists again. I plan to take the twists out this weekend, for a grand total of 4 1/2 weeks as as durable style.
Stay tuned for more!