Crochet braids are a protective style that has swarmed my home state of Connecticut along with the Tri-State area, whole east coast, west coast, south, mid-west and lets just be honest WORLDWIDE this style is here to stay. Durability, long-lasting, a variety of colors are only a few great qualities this protective style has. Providing scalp freedom opposed to a sew-in weave, crochet braids give those wearing the style an opportunity to cleanse and moisturize their scalp frequently which for many protective style wearers is a bonus . Textures range from Kaneakalon straight, Bohemian Curly, Beach waves, Kinky Curls, Faux locs, twist and braids the options are endless.
As a hair artist I enjoy creating various looks using crochet hair.
Certain brands are staples in the crochet braid community.
Shake n Go Freetress brand was the first textured brand I ever worked with.
Their Deep Twist, GoGo Curl and Waterwave are some of my clients favorite hair.
As the years go by more brands are creating and improving their crochet hair. Adding faux locs, goddess locs and box braids to the fold had to be one of the best things to happen for both clients and crochet braid artist. Reducing installation time but having the same if not lengthier style longevity makes it a no-brainer to opt for the crochet alternative opposed to always doing the traditional way.
Our community of crochet braiders are so innovative that we have techniques like Half individuals with Half Crochet or Full-Head individuals using the pre-made locs or braids. These install techniques give the individuals look but only takes 1-3 hours to install. It's AMAZING !!!!!
Brands like Bobbi Boss with their NuLocs crochet locs are natural-looking fresh out the pack and only get better with time. Freetress didn't miss a beat with their crochet box braids, senegalese twist and the GOREGEOUS Bo Locs, Janet Collection gives you a two in one style with the Havana Mambo Twist because you can wear them as twist or unravel them and have a fluffy fierce twist out style. AfriNaptural, ModelModel, Lulutress, Zury, African Collection, Boho Locs are some other brands that have quality textures, I can go on and on listing brands because thankfully so many are coming out with great products.
To every crochet braid wearer keep adorning your tresses with these phenomenal protective style options and for those whom have yet to step on over to the crochet side I encouraging you to do so. Saving time while looking fine. Crochet braids .... You gotta love them !!!!
Ladies and gents you read the title correctly, I've avoided relaxers also known as "creamy crack" for many years. Now I'm going to be honest, when I was younger I had issues with embracing my texture 100% I was more like 68.2% feeling it . My hair is what some would consider PUFFY. It could hold some heat for a little while but once I sweat or water gets on it. OH MAN !! It became an instant puffball for sure. I remember my 5th grade graduation my cousin Louise gave me an old school hard press and curl the night before. The next morning my mother took down my pin curls finger combed my hair and Voila !! I had a cute soft curl hairstyle and I was elated. Before I left out the door for school I can recall doing a quick twirl in front of our wall of mirrors in the living room . Pretty white dress with daisies on it, white sandals with a gold buckle and my hair had bounce and shine . It was going to be the best last day of a 5th grade. Until ................ I WENT OUTSIDE !!
It was the month of June so the sun was shining bright it wasn't a hot day but it was warm and humid. From the car to my school my bangs that once had a curl were morphing into a sponge. From the school main entrance to the gymnasium stage my soft curl was just soft because the curls were no more due to humidity and sweat. When I got up to sing my rendition of Tomorrow by Tevin Campbell and the great Quincy Jones I looked like one of the Commodores (Lionel to be exact !!!) as my hair grew larger I was DEVASTATED ! You would think after that incident my mother would cave in and slap some relaxer on my head right ???? NO MA'AM ! My mother still refused to put any chemicals on my hair.Oh to be me in the early 90's.
Thankfully God anointed my little hands with some gifting's and that I grew up during the DaBrat, Lady of Rage and Brandi era. Those hair inspirations encouraged me to learn how to twist and braid my own hair . Learning those techniques eventually led me to add braiding hair and by Middle school I was doing my own microwave ponytails and sew-ins along with my go to twist and braid styles. I rarely wore my own hair out when I did it was for 1-2 days and I wore it in an afro-puff ponytail. After the 2 days it was back to box braids, sew-ins or microwave ponytails.
The journey continued through high school minus the microwave ponytails I got tired of smelling like fried barbie hair. I continued to wear braided styles, weaving styles and often I would combine the two. But I began to step away from the weaving and braids and wore my natural tresses in a simple slicked back ponytail with a headband (use to be subconscious about my forehead) for a week sometimes. The reactions use to be HILARIOUS when people would see my slicked off-black hair ending with a massive puffy fro behind my head. It was hard for some to believe that I wore braids and weaves all the time but for me it was understandable because I didn't understand my natural hair.
Oh but good ol' senior year, I was stumped as to how I would wear my hair for the first day of school. As I sat on my bed watching videos of Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu I found myself focusing on their natural beauty and features and how their naturalistic style just intensified those features. Then " Round and Round " by Jonell came on and BOOM the idea hit me. " I'm wearing my hair in twist the first day of school " So I made my way to the hair store got some cherry cola rinse and clear gel. The final result were the cutest two-strand twist for the first day of school and in that moment I fell in love with my hair. From that day on I began to play with my hair texture NEVER desired to wear my natural hair straight but I would do twist, twist out, braids, braid outs, pineapple puff and sometimes my Afro. Do I love protective styles ABSOLUTELY !!!! I love my wigs (no longer do the sew-ins), crochet braids, braids & faux locs but I now appreciate my hair texture because I took the time out to learn what works for it. For those natural, transitioning, relaxed and protective style pros Love the tresses you were blessed with while you still enjoy the versatility of other hair options.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month !
I'm sure many of us know someone that endured or currently endure this fight. May I ask, how are you helping the cause ? In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness and my fellow patch sister Telissa White-Murray I will donate hair services and contribute to her gofundme page to help with her cancer treatment ( link here.) I encourage you to donate, walk, fundraise, share information and most of all gain information for yourself. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States (other than skin cancer). But millions of women are surviving the disease thanks to early detection and improvements in treatment.
The American Cancer Society is actively fighting breast cancer by helping women get tested to find breast cancer earlier, and helping them understand their treatment options and cope with the physical and emotional side effects. They also fund research to help prevent, find, and treat breast cancer. Learn more on their website http://www.cancer.org
Know you are loved ! #TeamTelissa
With every season some of us decide to switch our hair color, length and sometimes texture. What are you thinking about doing to your hair this coming fall ? I know around this time of year my clients tend to swap their twist for single braids and faux dreads. The crochet clients begin to request darker, longer and voluminous textures. Regardless of the style I always encourage you to LOCK & SEAL moisture reduce dryness and increase soft moisturized hair.
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In 2010, the vision for The IBNX Radio Network was given to creator, Tricia Clarke. She embarked on a journey amidst all odds seeking to make her dream of engaging, empowering and entertaining others a reality.
At the onset, being a mother and caretaker of other family members, while unemployed made her dream seem impossible. Although she knew many obstacles stood in her path, she still opted to take a leap of faith and forged forward never doubting the outcome of her journey.
With her vision in mind and passion in her heart, over the next few years Tricia worked diligently, planning and preparing to bring IBNX Radio to life. She studied the industry, traditional and upcoming trends and networked with industry professionals while mapping out her game plan getting ready for full execution. With the aid of her closest family and friends, Tricia managed over the next few years to raise start-up funding in preparation for IBNX’s official launch.
In September 2013, IBNX Radio officially begin broadcasting with one station and in a year has grown to over ten. She begin the journey alone and is now blessed to have over 35 dedicated team members aiding her daily. From genre specific stations to a disc jockey only station and the flagship community station airing hosted talk shows daily – #AtlantaNX –her goal to offer opportunities to talented individuals while engaging, empowering and entertaining a listening audience is no longer a dream – It’s Reality!
Tricia, also known as Ms.Inlynk or DJ No DJ, plays an intricate part of the daily operations. She ensures all aspects of the network remain within the vision which inspired her journey. Her desire to ensure business owners, independent talent and the people behind the scenes get exposure shows in her requirements of her team and how they represent the brand. The network does not charge for music spins nor does it charge for interviews. Yet it is 100% licensed to ensure those due receive their royalties. Her business model is not one motivated by dollars and cents but rather by her desire to have her vision help others visions succeed and her mission to provide new opportunities for local businesses and individuals to gain massive exposure.
As a team, we not only see her vision, we feel it. Tricia ensures the team dynamic at IBNX Radio creates a working environment of peace, love and pure joy. Her desire to serve the community, her commitment and her passion shown keeps her team motivated individually and collectively. Everyone are dedicated team players and it shows with every interaction in the studio and abroad.
Although Tricia has managed to get IBNX this far, the network is currently at a position of growth which is beyond her ability to sustain it without added support. Her sacrifices are still not enough to maintain the demand which is currently placed on her as she strives to continue the growing success of the network.
IBNX Radio, along with the newest addition of the brand - IBNX Media, is in need of your support. #TeamIBNX needs your support! And Tricia needs your support so IBNX can continue to engage, empower and entertain while providing opportunities for and within local communities worldwide.
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