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Here Is How You Install Boho Butterfly Locs: Crochet Method VS Individual Method
- A crochet latch hook tool. You can find this online or at your nearest beauty supply store. We recommend using the popular pink and green crochet tool since it's super affordable and the easiest to use.
- Boho Butterfly Locs style of your choice. Our Boho Butterfly Locs come in two lengths, 12” and 20”, and four colors, Midnight, Bronde, Blonde/Bronde, and Light. And great news, you'll only need one pack for a full-head install of any style!
- A good comb. Because you'll be braiding your hair for both methods, you'll need a comb to do neat, clean parts. We recommend using one regular, medium-sized comb or a large, wide-tooth comb, depending on what you're most comfortable with.
- Don't forget your creams and oils! The point of protective styles is to help you protect your hair in all ways, so don't forget to prep your hair by doing some regular ol' moisturizing and sealing beforehand!
The Cornrow Crochet Method
- First, prepare your base! After you detangle, moisturize and seal, braid your hair back into 8 to 10 medium size cornrows. Make sure your braids are secure because loose braids create a weak base, which will ultimately cause your hair to unravel.
Is this the Crochet method the right for you? Here's a few pros and cons to help you decide:
- It's beginner-friendly. As stated before, the crochet method is quick and easy. No-fuss or complicated steps involved. If you make a mistake, you'll be able to easily remove a few of the locs and put them back in with no problem.
- Quick and easy. Once you get into the flow of latching and pulling, the locs will be done (and flawlessly so!) in no time. Even if you're a beginner and it's your first time, installing the locs still won't take hours on end.
- Appropriate for 1 or 2 styles. Butterfly locs in general are very versatile, but when doing the crochet method, you should keep in mind that there may be a limit to how many styles you can do because there's some restriction around the perimeter.
- Most secure on cornrows. A neat, secure braid base is one of the major keys to a flawless hairstyle. If you aren't the best braider or aren't able to get your hair cornrowed, you may want to consider trying the 'Individuals' install method first.
The 'Individuals' Crochet Method
2. Once the braiding is done, the crocheting can begin! Unlike the cornrow crochet method, you'll be sliding the hook through the root of your hair instead of the base of the actual braid. This creates a more seamless install.
3. After you slide the hook about halfway through, open the latch of your crochet needle and hook it to the loop of an individual loc. Once the loop of the butterfly loc is hooked, close the latch and proceed to pull the loc about an inch or two back through your braid.
4. Then, latch the hook to the end of the same loc and pull the entire body of the butterfly loc through the starting loop. Gently tug at the root to secure it. Now you should only have the small braid or twist you created with your natural hair.
5. To disguise your natural hair, you need to vertically slide the crochet needle through your loc until you reach the base of it. Open the latch, hook your small braid or twist to it, and then pull it down through the loc until it's completely hidden. Voila! You're done.
Is this the right method for you to install your Boho Butterfly Locs? Well, that comes down to a few things:
- Time-management. If you're wondering if this will take a while, girl the answer is yes. However, it's still not a super long time considering that we at Boho Locs make our Butterfly Locs with a convenient pre-made loop for an easy install.
- Versatility. Unlike the cornrow crochet method, individuals give you the opportunity to do many different styles without wondering if your base braids are going to show. This is super helpful for those of you who want your style to look as natural as possible.
- Longevity. Installing butterfly locs—or any style of Boho Locs for that matter— as individuals makes them last longer than other methods. This method is likely the most appropriate for a protective style you want to wear for a while.
- Manipulation. You will have to do some parting, detangling, and braiding or twisting to prepare your hair for this method. If you're looking for something that is protective but also low manipulation, you might want to try the cornrow crochet method first.