Saturday, 29 October 2011

How I did my yarn braids (genie locs)

Hi all,

This is a tutorial of the yarn braid/genie locs protective style I have done recently. I worked on it for a week (due to lack of free time) and I completed the style last weekend.  

This is my second time using yarn braids as a protective style. I first did this in August. It was very easy to manage and maintain and it was the ideal protective style for me while going on vacation. I had the yarn braids in for about eight weeks and this didn't lead to any issues with my hair (breakage or thinning edges). 

I used;

  • 100% acrylic yarn
  • Four sectioning clips
  • Spray bottle (contains water, aloe vera juice and rose water).
  • Oyin Handmade Burnt Sugar Pomade
  • Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Butter Cream

I sectioned my hair in four and worked section by section. I finger parted (I prefer to finger part, rather than using a rat tail comb to) further sections for braiding and used the sectioning clips to keep other hair out of the way.

I lightly spritzed the hair to be braided, then used a little bit of Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Butter Cream and finally sealed with Oyin Handmade Burnt Sugar Pomade. 

I then took two strings of yarn and interlocked them as shown on the left. I spritzed the strings and pulled it taut and proceeded to braiding the section of hair.

I made sure the yarn was secured to my hair without putting any tension on my hair or scalp.

After finishing the braid, I tied the ends together to prevent the yarn from unraveling. 

After I finished braiding all sections of hair, I cut the strings from the knot, just leaving the knot. I went over the knots with a candle flame to tie it to prevent it from unravelling (be really careful when doing this, don't hold the flame by the yarn for too long or otherwise it will catch fire). 

My finished results;

What I like the most about yarn braids; 
  • They are very light
  • They are easy to moisturise and keep your hair moisturised
  • They are less harsh on your hair (in comparison to synthetic braids)
  • They are inexpensive (I got my yarn from House of Fraser's, the brand Patons and it only cost me about £1.99)
  • They are versatile
  • They make your hair look like locs, without you having to loc your hair.
While there are upsides to having yarn braids, there are also some downsides;
  • They feel heavy when wet
  • Takes too long to dry
  • Removing yarn braids can be time consuming
  • They can loc in your hair if you leave them in for too long
I enjoy having yarn braids. I feel my hair gets moisturised better while the weight of the yarn is not putting any tension on my hair or my scalp. 

Before doing yarn braids, be sure it is something you want to do as it can be time consuming to put in and take out. Be sure you are buying acrylic yarn and not cotton wool. The reason for this is because wool locs in your hair. To distinguish between the two, read the information labels and also look at the price (yarn tends to be much cheaper than wool). You can also twist yarn into your hair and make yarn twists instead. 

Happy hair journey ^o^