Yarn Braids?

I want to get them SOO BAD but i cant find any place in NYC that does them, does anyone know of a place and what were your experiences with yearn braids
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Have you considered doing them yourself?
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Have you considered doing them yourself?
Originally Posted by pulchri2dinous
yeah but i dont want to look a hot mess lol
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Not jus' a round faced girl, but a NATURAL round faced girl

black onyx on youtube has a good tutorial on them
black onyx on youtube has a good tutorial on them
Originally Posted by CocoT
That's the one I used. I did them myself and they did NOT look a hot mess lol
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"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps." - Confucius
black onyx on youtube has a good tutorial on them
Originally Posted by CocoT
That's the one I used. I did them myself and they did NOT look a hot mess lol
Originally Posted by pulchri2dinous
How long did it take? I kinda wanna put them in myself too...

I, too , have been thinking of doing them myself. I've had the yarn in my closet for over a month. I've a test braid and it seems easy enough but I guess I'm not ready to do actually sit down and do my whole head. The youtubers who I've seen all say it took them hours or days to do.

Then there is the whole issue of my scalp. I know you can still wash your hair but I worry about messing up the integrity of the briads with too much washing. My scalp gets crazy itchy after just a few days and the braid sprays and seabreeze does not help. Nor does oiling my scalp.

With that said, I still want to do them. Actually before seeing this thread, I was trying to talk myself up to doing them again. Maybe start Friday night and finish up on saturday. Maybe...
i took your advice and did them myself and braiders professional braiders DESERVE my money my hands hurt and they came out ok lol i will upload pics when im done.
Hair type: Some random curly fuzzy stringy stuff God planted on my head
Deep conditioners: Homemade baby (honey, yogurt, eggs, shea butter whippd)
Oils: Shea, Jojoba, Castor
Vitamins: Biotin 1000 mcgs, Prenatals




Not jus' a round faced girl, but a NATURAL round faced girl

How long did it take? I kinda wanna put them in myself too...
Originally Posted by nicole.
Yarn braids took me 15 hours and yarn twists took me 9. I have pictures of the braids in my fotki, but I will post pics of the twists if you want to see.

I, too , have been thinking of doing them myself. I've had the yarn in my closet for over a month. I've a test braid and it seems easy enough but I guess I'm not ready to do actually sit down and do my whole head. The youtubers who I've seen all say it took them hours or days to do.

Then there is the whole issue of my scalp. I know you can still wash your hair but I worry about messing up the integrity of the briads with too much washing. My scalp gets crazy itchy after just a few days and the braid sprays and seabreeze does not help. Nor does oiling my scalp.

With that said, I still want to do them. Actually before seeing this thread, I was trying to talk myself up to doing them again. Maybe start Friday night and finish up on saturday. Maybe...
Originally Posted by kandiekj100
Actually, washing doesn't bother the braids, because they don't get frizzy. The parts will look different, but not the yarn. A lot of people (myself included) like them better after washing, because they look more like real locs/dreads. The only thing is that they take forever to dry.

i took your advice and did them myself and braiders professional braiders DESERVE my money my hands hurt and they came out ok lol i will upload pics when im done.
Originally Posted by NATURALLYchipmunkk
Yes, I've been thinking about that more and more. I did my yarn twists on Saturday/Sunday, just finished my sister's and I have to do my mom's later on.
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I did mine this weekend as well. I figured this thread was a sign that I needed to just do away with the excuses and do them. Took me about 16 hours, spread out over 3 days.

I think they came out really well, especially considering I never did box braids at all. Actually, I think it is a good idea to start with yarn. You learn the technique,with only three strands of "hair" and then you can graduate to real hair.

All in all, I'm pretty satisfied with how my hair turned out. Here are a couple pics. (OMG, it took forever to figure out how to resize them)
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Yarn Braids?-100_0774.jpg   Yarn Braids?-100_0770.jpg  
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They look really nice! I was practicing this weekend but I swear, I am SO bad at braiding hair with any type of extension. You can always see my real hair poking out the braids and being all fuzzy, ya know? I had to braid the same braid like 8 times just so it would look somewhat neat.

Once I braid my whole head later this month, it's going to take foreeever omg.

I'm considering yarn braids as my protective style next winter (I know a ways away) and have a few questions for the ladies who've had them.

Is the yarn heavy on your head? I wouldn't imagine it so but no clue

Is the yarn drying to the hair? and Does the yarn cause split ends?
I only ask because I take great effort in making sure the only cloth-like material my hair touches is satin... satin pillowcases, scarves, bonnets etc. and to protect my hair from my cotton shirts I either wear it up or moisturize and seal when its down.

Thanks ladies
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CoWash/Detangler: Any Suave on top of VO5, Yes to Cucumbers
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Last edited by jeweld; 05-10-2010 at 04:35 AM.
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They look really nice! I was practicing this weekend but I swear, I am SO bad at braiding hair with any type of extension. You can always see my real hair poking out the braids and being all fuzzy, ya know? I had to braid the same braid like 8 times just so it would look somewhat neat.

Once I braid my whole head later this month, it's going to take foreeever omg.
Originally Posted by nicole.
Thanks for the compliment. As far as getting the technique down for braiding the yarn, I liked this video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewj2A...eature=related. Although I think next I will take the pp suggestion and do twists. I saw a video earlier on how someone twisted, but I can't find. I just keep finding videos of those who twist, but would braid the hair first. Oh well.

And about cutting down on the fuzziness, maybe you can blowdry the hair first. I didn't blowdry, and I did have a little bit of fuzziness (guess it just didn't show up on camera), but I think my trimming my ends and straightening my hair the week prior probably cut down on the amount of fuzz I had. The fuzz doesn't bother me.

Good luck with your braiding.
I did mine this weekend as well. I figured this thread was a sign that I needed to just do away with the excuses and do them. Took me about 16 hours, spread out over 3 days.

I think they came out really well, especially considering I never did box braids at all. Actually, I think it is a good idea to start with yarn. You learn the technique,with only three strands of "hair" and then you can graduate to real hair.

All in all, I'm pretty satisfied with how my hair turned out. Here are a couple pics. (OMG, it took forever to figure out how to resize them)
Originally Posted by kandiekj100
they came out great. you look very nice.
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I'm considering yarn braids as my protective style next winter (I know a ways away) and have a few questions for the ladies who've had them.

Is the yarn heavy on your head? I wouldn't imagine it so but no clue

Is the yarn drying to the hair? and Does the yarn cause split ends?
I only ask because I take great effort in making sure the only cloth-like material my hair touches is satin... satin pillowcases, scarves, bonnets etc. and to protect my hair from my cotton shirts I either wear it up or moisturize and seal when its down.

Thanks ladies
Originally Posted by jeweld
The yarn is not heavy at all. Honestly, weightwise, it feels just like my hair.

Being that it is my first time doing the yarn braids, I'm not sure if I could fully answer the questions yet and would have to wait for the takedown. But from what i've heard, the yarn actually helps retain moisture better and as long as you properly take them down (no pulling or yanking, maybe adding an oil or conditioner for slip) they should be fine and you shouldn't have any split ends. HTH
I did mine this weekend as well. I figured this thread was a sign that I needed to just do away with the excuses and do them. Took me about 16 hours, spread out over 3 days.

I think they came out really well, especially considering I never did box braids at all. Actually, I think it is a good idea to start with yarn. You learn the technique,with only three strands of "hair" and then you can graduate to real hair.

All in all, I'm pretty satisfied with how my hair turned out. Here are a couple pics. (OMG, it took forever to figure out how to resize them)
Originally Posted by kandiekj100
you did an excellent job!
LOIS (OS); cottony, TYPE 4 hair, fine/med strands; no cones bcz my hair hates them; last relaxer '98; now low porosity, ignores most natural hair rules; BC #8

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took these just now in class
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Yarn Braids?-100510-131210.jpg   Yarn Braids?-100510-131146.jpg  
Hair type: Some random curly fuzzy stringy stuff God planted on my head
Deep conditioners: Homemade baby (honey, yogurt, eggs, shea butter whippd)
Oils: Shea, Jojoba, Castor
Vitamins: Biotin 1000 mcgs, Prenatals




Not jus' a round faced girl, but a NATURAL round faced girl

took these just now in class
Originally Posted by NATURALLYchipmunkk
I've been waiting to see yours. I like it alot. Did you use 2 pieces of yarn or 3?
I'm considering yarn braids as my protective style next winter (I know a ways away) and have a few questions for the ladies who've had them.

Is the yarn heavy on your head? I wouldn't imagine it so but no clue

Is the yarn drying to the hair? and Does the yarn cause split ends?
I only ask because I take great effort in making sure the only cloth-like material my hair touches is satin... satin pillowcases, scarves, bonnets etc. and to protect my hair from my cotton shirts I either wear it up or moisturize and seal when its down.

Thanks ladies
Originally Posted by jeweld
The yarn is not heavy at all. Honestly, weightwise, it feels just like my hair.

Being that it is my first time doing the yarn braids, I'm not sure if I could fully answer the questions yet and would have to wait for the takedown. But from what i've heard, the yarn actually helps retain moisture better and as long as you properly take them down (no pulling or yanking, maybe adding an oil or conditioner for slip) they should be fine and you shouldn't have any split ends. HTH
Originally Posted by kandiekj100
Thanks kandiekj100, your yarn braids look so nice
Poo: Giovanni TTT
CoWash/Detangler: Any Suave on top of VO5, Yes to Cucumbers
DT: Aubrey Organics White Camellia, Amla/ Coconut milk, Castor oil
Styling Products: Yes to Cucumbers, EcoStyler, Longaid Curl Activator,
Daily Moisture: Hibiscus tea+Aubrey Organics White Camellia Spritz, Yes to Cucumbers, Homemade Whipped Avocado+ Green Tea Creme
Seal w/ Dabur Vatika Oil, Castor oil
You guys did a great job!

I moisturized every day or every other day and my hair was well moisturized after I took them down.

Here are mine
http://images12.fotki.com/v540/photo...PIM1912-vi.jpg

My mom's
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-...2_979918_n.jpg

and my sister's
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._3587430_n.jpg

They were very adventurous and tried burgundy! I'm tempted to do black with splashes of purple for my next one
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Last edited by pulchri2dinous; 05-10-2010 at 06:39 PM. Reason: spelling

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