I did it again. Here is a look that is perfect to add to your crochet hairstyles for women over 40 collection.
I added more crochet braided hairstyles to my over-40 life. I’m so excited! You see, finding crochet hairstyles for women over 40 is kind of tricky. At least, it’s tricky for me.
Because I am a seasoned, older woman I don’t necessarily want to wear the uber trendy styles my 20-something nieces would. I’m glad I don’t attempt them because they would likely tell me “Hey, Aunt Teri…No! I’m sure at least two of them would get me straight – in a hurry. Hence, I’m always on the lookout for age-appropriate crochet hairstyles for women over 40.
Anyhoo, I enjoy feeling youthful, but have fully accepted that I am not a girl of my 20s any longer. Instead I’m a vibrant forty-something woman with a bent toward casual sophistication. All this said, I’m very particular about which crochet hairstyles will work for me and other women over 40. That’s why I’m sharing my experiences with you.
With that said, I must tell you I really stepped out of my comfort zone recently! Instead of my ordinary blah choices, I was inspired by Steve Carell and channeled my inner silver fox! Hey now!
The hair I used was Freetress’ Water Wave in Silver. I found it online. It was perfect for my Crochet hairstyles for women over 40.
A completely gray head is not what I was going for. I wanted a black majority with silver around the crown and along my edges. It worked so wonderfully well! This look complimented my natural graying pattern – which is around the edges of my face.
My Go-To Color…
Now, this all over dark hair color is more my norm. Again, it’s Freetress Water Wave. I opted for 1b on the bottom and the auburn burgundy 44 for a face-framing crown effect.
I’m a Do-It-Yourself Crochet Braider
You know, I’m getting incredibly comfortable crocheting my own hairstyles. I do them in about an hour and a half; sometimes it takes two hours at most. This time span doesn’t include the cornrow time. That takes me much longer and is my least favorite part of the process.
I don’t usually put very much hair on my head. I know that’s a strange statement to someone unfamiliar with the crochet braiding process. I typically use one and a half bags, if that much. I don’t like a whole bunch of hair installed – leaving me to look like a plate full of curly fries. Ugly.
Natural looks much more flattering on me and more akin to my own hair texture. You can never go wrong with looking natural.
Crochet Braids 101…
This hair styling technique is a huge blessing for a busy working mom, consultant and blogger over 40! I’m able to braid my own freshly washed, conditioned hair and add ringlets through the braids or corn rows.
This durable style is one of the best protective styles available. It lasts a long time and makes my morning routine a breeze.
How long are they in?
I don’t wear this style as long as I probably could. The main reason is because I get bored with hair styles and need to change them up often. My style is usually installed for about 2 to 21/2 weeks. I keep my scalp squeaky clean with witch hazel and a cotton ball.
This style gives my hair a chance to rest and take a very needed reprieve from the straight irons.
Somewhat random, but I’m also contemplating returning my hair to its natural state, which is curly. I have a relaxer on my hair now and I am just not liking it very much. In fact it’s getting on my nerves because it’s so one-dimensional and boring.
Oh how I miss the twists and curves of my natural hair texture. *Sigh* After being 5 years natural, my heart aches for the wonderful wash and go styles and luscious straight iron results I used sport as an over 40 naturalista. So I’m contemplating returning back to my hair being 100% natural. Stay tuned I’ll let you know if I decide to do that.
And for those of you who are just discovering me and my 40 something life, I learned this technique from YouTube videos and my girlfriend Jackie. It’s good to have a buddy like her, she’s just as adventurous as I am and eager to try new looks and styles. She coached me in my early days of crochet braiding, but the YouTube videos (click to see my favorite tutorial) really showed me what to do and how to do it. If I can do it, anyone can.
I preserve my hair by spritzing lots of water on it every single day. Afterwards, I add a little conditioner to soften it. Remember, this isn’t hair; it’s plastic. So, a little softening of any kind is a good idea for a natural look.
At night I put a band around the bottom of it and cover with a silk bonnet.
When morning looms, all I have to do is shake it and add more water. Then, I’m off for my day’s adventure. Super easy style!
What did you think of the gray? It’s was a bit out of the box for me! Would love your feedback. 🙂