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I tell you, crotchet braid is life! LOL 🙂 I could not pass up that exaggeration used by the Millennials. It was too appropriate.


But on a real, crotchet braids, vixen method gave me such versatility and convenience that I have to give kudos to my installer Khadija Trotman of Blvc Allure always and to the creators of Janet Collection, Noir, Marley braids.

I was not looking forward to removing my crotchet braids even after eight weeks, four hair washes, and two deep conditions. If not for the fact that I was scheduled to go through with my Big Chop, I would not have taken out that braid maybe for another month.

Removal process

Now to the removal: Conditioner is your friend and your best employee is a hair scissors. My conditioner of choice was Kinky Curly Knot Today. It has always worked well as my detangler and in this case, it did not fail me.


I started with the back of my head, from the nape. I cut the braids to about three inches long, row by row, and then with conditioner on my fingers and rubbed into the braids, I unbraided the cornrows and removed the crotchet knotted ends along the way.

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When I got to the braid pattern at the front, I started on the left. This time, I cut the braids again but I pulled the knots and removed the pieces of Marley braid before unbraiding the cornrows.

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Let me not make you feel it was smooth sailing from start to end, there were some kinks, some tangles and some knots that were stubborn and did not believe I was done with crotchet braids. *Sigh* Crotchet braid removal calls for patience as well.


But when all was done a good maybe five hours later, I was amazed mostly by the fact that my hair was not breaking tremendously when I combed it out after. I was pleased to know that even in crotchet braids, I was able to protect my hair – natural roots and relaxed ends.


If you take time, patience and care, and manage your crotchet braids as though it is real hair, while not neglecting your hair beneath, I believe you will reap great length and maintain health at the same time.

So I give crotchet braids two thumbs-up and 5 stars as an excellent protective style for those trying to gain length through low manipulation.