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Natural Hair

You’re Invited to the #BestHairYear Twitter Party Jan. 22nd @ 8pm

Twitter Party #BestHairYear

So many of us are making great resolutions about business and our career, but what about our hair! That’s right, our hair!

Last year, my hair actually took a turn for the worse (in my opinion), and although I wasn’t doing anything to purposefully damage it, my hair changed.

The last few months of the year I was able to get my hair treated by a Basic Specialist for 90 days. That post is coming soon. I actually started to love my hair again, in addition to learning how to crochet too!

Crochets Braids became my go to hairstyle for 2014 and it looks like hundreds if not thousands, have followed too! For 2015, I want the Best Hair Year I could possibly have!

twitter party

I am so lucky to host a twitter party with Joyce of Mommy Talk Show on Jan. 22 at 8pm, as we talk – HAIR!! #BestHairYear

We will go over

  • Your favorite protective style
  • How to treat your hair in the winter
  • What’s your go-to hair style
  • What do you want to try different
  • What are your top hair care methods and so much more!


  • Target GV
  • Aveda Products
  • Fro Butter Sample Set & More!

RSVP —> Here! <— RSVP

Natural Hair

7 Step Video: How to do Pre-Dipped Crochet Braids with Marley Hair

Pre-dipped_crochet braids_bernettastyle

If you are a naturalista, there is no way that you could not have heard about the Crochet Hair craze by now. Not everyone has it, but many are trying it.

If done correctly, crochet braids can/will look like your natural hair. It’s a great protective style that gives you a versatile look. One of my favorite looks is the crochet braids with Marley Hair. I’ve had it twice. The first time, my friend Yolanda installed them, then rolled the hair. I dipped.

The second time, I did everything. I took me allllllllllllllllll day to roll that hair and dip it! I am not exaggerating! So, I loved the look but knew it had to be an easier way.

Enter, pre-dipped marley hair! **The heavens opened up!*

I went to Youtube and watched a few videos and of course, I had to try it for myself.

pre-dipped_crochet_braids_marley Hair

I was able to do the process and it turned out NICE! Here are the steps:

1. Get all the tools; Marley Hair (not all hair is created equal. NOIR natural hair holds the curl for a very long time), a crochet tool (.99 cent), perm rollers (beauty supply).

2. Brush out your Marley hair. It has a natural hair pattern, but brush it out so the hair will be smooth when you roll it.

3. Roll the hair on the rollers. Twist it as you roll.

4. Boil water, then dip the hair in the water for a few minutes.

5. Remove the hair from the pot and let it dry. Some people leave it in over night, other’s a few minutes before taking the hair off the rollers. It dries rather quickly. (I left mine over night, but after removing a few – the were dry.)

6. Braid your hair into whatever pattern you need to get the achieved look.

7. Install the hair with the tool and style as desired. Whalaa!!

I even made a video —>

Do you think you will try pre-dipped crochet hair? 


6 Reasons Why Natural Women Are LOVIN’ Crochet Braids! Especially Number 6!


“Excuse me, your hair is so cute!”

“Thanks! They’re crochet braids!”

“Crochet Braids! No! What! Let me see!”

That’s the response that I get over and over, each time I wear crochet braids. More and more women are taking a style that first came out about 15-20 years ago and adding a modern twist.

When I was in college, I would see girls wearing crochet braids and if I can be honest – they were the ugliest thing this side of town. They did not look real, but rather it looked more like a real mess.

Fast Forward to 2014: When my friend Yolanda came over my house with some Bahamian Freetress hair in her head, I had to ask, “Excuse me, your hair is so cute!” Once she told me it was crochet braids, my response was, “I’m next!”


How Do You Crochet Hair:

First, braid your hair, then install the hair of your choice with a crochet latch hook tool (video below). You can order one here, click on image:

I’ve since had crochet braids 4 times. The 4th time, I finally had the nerve to try it myself after watching a few YouTube Videos. I’ve even crocheted 2 customers hair and have another appointment next week.  #extracash

My Pinterest picture of my Crochet braids with Marley hair (below) has been shared almost 700 times and my 3 minute YouTube video has been viewed at least 10 thousand times and the number keeps growing.


When I started wearing crochet braids, I was the only one in the room with them. Now, I can spot a crochet sista across the room. It’s getting more and more popular. (And no I’m not saying I started a trend) So, that got me to thinking:

Why Are Women Flocking to Crochet Braids?

  • Quick Application: depending on the hair you choose, it only takes about 2 hours to install. It’s takes about 45-60 minutes to braid your own hair and another 60 – 75 minutes to add the crochet hair. Once you cut and style (unless you are getting Marley Hair), you are done.
  • Great Protective Style: crochets, as long as your own braids aren’t too tight, do not harm your hair. You can keep these in for weeks and are still able to moisturize your scalp and hair while you wear this style.
  • Many different styles– There are tons of different hair curl patterns to try. Every time you get a new crochet style, you could look different.
  • Great alternative to an actual sew-in hair style. – You can wash and treat your scalp! Something that isn’t the easiest thing to do with a sew-in, which is why so much hair comes when people take theirs down.  It’s also less stress on your hair & scalp.
  • Great for ladies transitioning and just want a break from their everyday hair but still want a natural look with a cute style!
  • IT LOOKS LIKE OUR NATURAL HAIR TEXTURE! I think this is the #1 reason so many naturalists are flocking to crochet braids. The texture of the Marley Hair is so close to our natural tresses, that it’s hard for us sometimes to actually tell it’s not fake. We can spot a wig or sew-in a minute, no matter how well a closure fits or how much hair you leave out in the front. Not with crochets; these women were actually pulling my hair back to really see that it wasn’t my hair!


So is this a trend or is it here to stay – is the question? I think that the Crochet firestorm is just getting started, and I am looking forward to the new and creative ways that ladies are going to wear them in the months and years to come.


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

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

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

I decided to cut the bangs because I could NOT see!  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, ( 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.