Crochet braids have quickly become a favorite among naturals who are protective styling. As a former “bundles girl”, I love the versatility and realistic look of crochet braids.
Just to clarify, crochet braids are a styling technique that involves braiding your hair into a cornrow base. Just like with a sew-in, various braiding patterns are used for different looks – straight back, circular and more. After your hair has been braided, loose (bulk) hair is attached to the cornrows using a latch hook, which is how this style got its name – “crochet braids.” Here is why we absolutely love the hairstyle:
– Quick (the entire style took about an hour and a half)
– BIG HAIR!
– Time saver when getting ready in the morning
– Hair is installed piece by piece so you can still care for your hair vs. being installed track by track with a sew-in
This style can become tricky to navigate, but here are some helpful tips that will aid you on your crochet journey. All hair brands are not created equal! If you’re a natural who wants to experiment with silky or curly hair textures, use caution. Those textures are more prone to heavy shedding. The benefit of using a Marley texture is that it will lock at the base of the braid and will also blend seamlessly, bearing a striking resemblance to kinky/curly hair textures.
Here are a few Do’s and Don’ts to remember:
• DO find hair that closely resembles the texture of your own
• DON’T create large parts that will create a distinction between your hair and the crochet
• DO try the knotless method so that the crochet will appear to grow from your scalp
• DON’T forget to smooth edges if you opt for a silky texture of braiding hair
Now you are ready to enjoy your crochet braids! Beware of countless stares!