PhiPhi216 who coincidentally happens to be my younger sister (hence I have the utmost influence and sometimes persuasive powers over her *wink*) broke out of her usual style - the press and curl (for her actress-on-call-lifestyle) to try a new protective style while we are out vacationing in the Caribbean for 10 days.
When she finally conceded that she would try the crochet braids instead of paying upwards of $100 for individual braids, I told her that she would have to go blonde! When my mom heard my suggestion her first response was, "I don't want it looking ghetto." My response, "Beyonce ain't ghetto!". Arguably, showing up to work to blonde for some races might be more acceptable than others, but that's a different debate under different circumstances - we are going on vacation for 10 days and she has to take it out as soon as we get back for her photo shoots and auditions. So I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for her to take a risk and try out the golden blonde tresses because I think I think it was an 'edgy' opportunity and it compliments her skin tone well (once she gets more of a tan lol). I tend to shy away from gold and look better with redder browns if I decide to highlight my hair.
My experience with crochet braids (also called latch hook braids etc) has been great! I have been satisfied with the level of maintenance involvement to how long the style lasts. Nonetheless, some of the changes I wanted to make for my next crochet braids style I applied to my sister - the biggest change was making the part in the non-balding part of her head (the temples sometimes tend to be a little sparse for hair) and also have the cornrows be combined toward the back. Lastly, I also threaded through her cornrow tails hanging in the back so they would not be a bother (they later slipped out so I am still thinking about how I can tuck that away without using weave thread to bind it down).
PhiPhi216's biggest concern was the shade of blonde might be too tacky (Freetress Bohemian #27 Honey Blonde), but I assured her as her pseudo-on-staff-stylist that it would be fine! Her style first of all is not even 'urban' enough to sway ghetto and besides I think ghetto now a days is more in the manner of how you carry yourself rather than what you wear.
Glad to say the final results were awesome! Even my mom became a believer after confessing to me that she hated my first weave and my red highlighted twists (not like her opinion made me like those two styles any less because I loved them! She can be quite the old Southern traditionalist). The only thing I think I would of done differently is put less hair in the back but that can be easily fixed if pieces were just taken out but since its only for ten days, go big or go home.
The process from cornrows till finished look took about 4.5 hours (she has a lot of hair!) and the three packs of hair cost around $15! So quite a deal for a protective style!