It’s been 3 weeks since I installed my very first DIY crochet braids on April 20. Let me tell ya–it wasn’t perfect. I’m actually pretty surprised it lasted more than 2 weeks as my attempt to cornrow my hair was certainly…amateur lol. Since the quality of the cornrows definitely determines how long the style will last, I wasn’t expecting great results. However, since I normally only wear crochet braids for about a month, this attempt was a solid showing!
From the image below, I probably could’ve squeezed another week out of the style if I so desired, since the great thing about curly bulk hair is its ability to cover up new growth:
But this is what was really going on underneath lol.
I would love to think that all of that was new growth, but in truth, it’s probably a combination of new growth and slippage. Anywho, on to the take down process (because this has got to go)!
Follow each cornrow back and cut the bulk hair close to your head, leaving about 1/2 – 1 inch of space above your cornrow–wouldn’t want to accidentally cut off bits of hair.
This should be what you end up looking like…
Remove the remnants of the bulk hair. It should be extremely easy to un-knot by simply tugging. Then undo your cornrows. Here’s what my CRAZY hair looks like afterwards (follow me as I try to pre-poo for the first time with Shea Moisture Products).
I hope that was helpful. I’m not going to put up a video of that process as I have linked a rather well put together video of how to both install and take down crochet braids by Breanna Rutter of HowToBlackHair (link also found on my DIY Crochet braids post):
I would love to know if this is a style you’d consider doing, already do, or if you’d never do it and why. Sound off below!
Peace, Love, and Live Life Full,