My Crochet Braids Protective Style for the Essence Festival

Spring is here, but in Atlanta our Spring feels like Summer. With Summer comes protective styling for my hair. Since I cut my hair June 2012, it has grown back full, healthy & long. Lately, I have seen myself get relaxed and start doing the things I did before I cut it in 2012. So, I decided to keep my hands out of it for a while and do more protective styles for 3-4 weeks at a time. In March, I got a cute bob quick weave. In April, I let a stylist give me a twisted up do. And for May, I am trying Crochet Braids for the first time!

HALT!! I used to see Crochet Braids and think, “Why in the world would someone get those things?” I thought they looked CRAZY on everyone I saw, until my friend Yolanda came over my house looking FAB! My mouth dropped opened and all I could say was, “Girl, I am next!”

Crochet braide freetress deep twist_bernettastyle.com

I purchased the Free Tress Braiding hair with the Deep Twist curl pattern. These were $5.99 a bag and I bought three bags. I braided my hair in 13 braids. I braided 4 across the front and 9 going backwards. So the hair could actually fall in my face and you wouldn’t be able to see the crochet braid.

Crochet Braids Freetress Deep Twist_BernettaStyle.com

Whalaaa! The finished look. I really like it. I have been looking for styles I want to wear to the Essence Festival in July and this is a MAJOR CONTENDER!! Although, I want to try the GoGo curl pattern next time.

Crochet braids freetress_bernettastyle.com

I decided to cut the bangs because I could NOT see! Β When I went out, people kept asking me what is my hair? Is it a quick weave, is it a sew-in, is it a wig? No one expected me to say Crochet Braids. Everyone has the same response I did, “I want to try that!”

So what do you think? Have you ever had Crochet Braids before?

My friend Yolanda, (www.seeingittheirway.com) did my hair for me. Hers is fab, but she used a different curl pattern. I might try that the third time around! Please don’t laugh at my hat, we were at our Annual Mocha Mom High Hat & High Heels Tea. It’s my mom’s hat.




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  • Louida
    May 8, 2014 at 9:20 am

    I really like it, you look great! I been meaning to try out crochet braids to give my hair a break.

    • Bernetta
      May 8, 2014 at 9:52 am

      Thanks Louida!! Try them. Send me a picture, I would love to see them!

  • Daphne
    May 8, 2014 at 9:25 am

    I love it. I used to wear hair in similar styles. I love it so quick and easy. I have actually been contemplating going back to a style like this.

    • Bernetta
      May 8, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Thanks Daphne!! It’s really is quick and easy!

  • Kendra
    May 8, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Um…I’m next. Where’s Yolanda at? I’m coming to see her soon too. πŸ™‚

    • Bernetta
      May 8, 2014 at 9:51 am

      LOL!! Yeah, she did a good job!

  • Sherelle
    May 8, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Your hair is gorgeous Bernetta! I love the curl pattern you chose too! I wish I knew how to braid, lol!

    • Bernetta
      May 8, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Thanks Sherelle!! We did a barter and trade, I will braid our hair and she will put it in!

  • Marie Young
    May 8, 2014 at 9:45 am

    They look awesome! I’ve always been afraid of them. But I’ve seem look really good lately and you’re the latest one I’ve seen where they were HOT!

    • Bernetta
      May 8, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Thanks Marie!! I was afraid of them too honey!! But now, they might be my new go to style!

  • Yolanda @ Seeing It Their Way
    May 8, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I am so glad you and others like them! Crochet Braids are an awesome protective styles we maybe looking like twins for the next couple of months.

  • Lexi
    May 11, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    I love it! i had no idea yesterday that those were crochet braids. They look really great and its good that you can do them yourself!

    • Bernetta
      May 12, 2014 at 8:40 am

      Thanks Lexi!! I didn’t do them though. I braided my hair but my friend Yolanda put in the Crochet hair.

  • Aida Ingram
    June 5, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    This is a great idea. I have been looking for styles that will give my hair a break especially since I just took out my locs. It looks easy too, which is another bonus. Can’t wait to try it out..

    • Bernetta
      June 6, 2014 at 9:59 am

      Yes! I am going to get it again this month!

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  • Christina J
    September 16, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    I did crochet braids on my sister and they look great, by this being my first time. But I’m get tired of doing my own natural hair. So I’m going to do this over the weekend! Thanks for the article!