I really went out of my comfort zone when I pursued the idea of getting Freetress Braid Bohemian Braiding Hair with some type of color other than black or brown highlights in it to crochet into my hair. I went even more out of my comfort zone when (by mistake) my part was straight down the middle of my head instead of my traditional side part (I think it just suits the shape of my face). I have to say both new changes to my crochet braids hair routine deviates from the traditional Black Bohemian crochet braids and the lighter brown Gogo Curl Crochet Braids I usually put in. This time I was thinking it is summer, I am not applying for a job (sometimes vibrant hair colors can be off-putting unfortunately) and I wanted to change it up! So I bought a pack of Freetress Braid Bohemian 1B and TP1B/530 (with the red highlights). I purchased this hair from the Black Hairspray website because all types of Freetress Bohemian hair is just sold out in Los Angeles. After putting it in I had mixed feelings about it.
For one thing, I found that the highlighted pieces, especially if they are not mixed in with some of the black, stand out in a bad way when crocheted by themselves and can come off looking cheap and fake. So I made sure if I was putting in red strands that it was mixed with some black strands as well. I also made sure that if I was adding red that it was in the back underneath layers of black hair, otherwise red hair crocheted on the top without a layer on top of it can look tacky.
Something else I tried that was new for me was the middle part. I am not really a middle part girl, never been since I was in 3rd grade but it kind of happened by mistake and I took it as an opportunity to try out the middle part look. I have to say it takes some getting used to but I think the fall of the synthetic hair is better when there is a side part because it is more natural looking. I also had to end up getting it shaped and cut because the layering is much more stagnant with a middle part instead of a side part, so that is an additional $10 investment I had to put in (nothing that breaks the bank but I like to do my hair and be done).
Nonetheless I have seen some youtubers who do middle parts with crochet braids and it looks great. It might be a combination of the hair they used, the face shape of the person, how much hair they added and if they got some shaping skills with some shears (I have none). Since I am not a beautician or stylist and I do put in my own crochet braids, I feel if you want the least amount of trouble in terms of styling and a natural falling look, I would go with a side part and hair that is one color with minimum highlights (one color can even be blonde crochet braids).
Another change I would make for next time is where to put the left over hair/tails from the cornrows you put in. My friend just braided it all together and I just used some weave thread to sew the braided tails to my hair but it does make this huge lump on the right side of the bottom of my head, so the fall of the hair is uneven in the back somewhat. Next time I will braid three to four tails together (I usually have a total of 6-8) and tuck them under (one on the right side, one on the left side) so that the base of my neck is not uneven from a big mound of my own hair. You also won't be afraid of that random gust of wind that exposes that huge cornrow tail tucked underneath there!