Pocket Friendly Protective Style: Yarn Braids/Genie Locs
photo from: Yagazieemezi
- Pocket Friendly (Cheap)
- Look like real dreads/locs-fly
- last long time (if treated well)
- can hold in moisture
- this is great for college students like myself who don’t have time to care for their hair and want a good looking protective style that is afforable.****
- are there any?
*Please use acrylic yarn because wool yarn can and will loc into your hair!!!!
Use a comb to gently separate a small lock of hair that you would like to extend. You may find it easier to tie back or clip the surrounding hair that you will not be working with.
Cut one long piece of yarn and one piece that is half the length of the other for hair braid extensions. Tie the shorter piece of yarn to the very center of the long piece, so that you have three strands hanging from the knot. Remember that some types of yarn will shrink when washed, so you may want to pre-wash the yarn before beginning to avoid damage or excess pulling on your hair over time.
Hold the pieces of yarn at the knot and slip the knot around the back of the lock of hair, close to the root. Place one piece of yarn with the lock of hair and cross the loose ends of the yarn over one another around the lock of hair to begin the braid. Continue braiding, incorporating as much of the length of the lock of hair as possible. When you run out of hair, simply continue braiding with the three strands of yarn to complete t he hair extensions, tying a firm knot at the bottom.
Repeat these steps throughout the hair to complete the yarn braid hair extensions. Remember not to braid too tightly, as even pre-washed yarn tends to shrink a bit when washed several times and can pull your scalp or even damage your hair.
Add beads or other items to the ends of your extensions if desired. Remember that braiding hair extensions can require anywhere from 40 to 100 braids and can take up to ten hours to complete. Take plenty of breaks and recruit a friendto help.
Wash your hair as you normally do; however, protect the yarn hair extensions by avoiding mineral oil-based products, as they can quickly break down synthetic fibers in the yarn. If you are looking for products to stop or prevent scalp itching and flaking, make sure they are vegetable oil-based.
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