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Crochet braids have been rising in popularity, but what sets them apart from other hairstyle trends of late is that there’s a solid chance you won’t even notice someone has crochet braids. The reason being, crochet braids don’t refer to a particular braided hairstyle like a French or Dutch braid. Rather, crochet braiding is a technique of adding hair into your mane. The style features extensions that are weaved—AKA crocheted—into cornrows using a latch hook tool. One thing that distinguishes crochet braiding from some other hairstyles for textured hair is that the results often mimic natural hair. You can use crochet braids to achieve a variety of hairstyles, from crochet box braids and crochet micro braids to curly crochet braids. Below, learn five crochet braid styles to consider.
As we mentioned, crochet braids offer plenty of options when it comes to the end result. If you’re looking to revamp your do, here are five ideas.
Box braids are one of the most popular hairstyles out there right now, and if you don’t have enough length to get the look all on your own—or want to keep your natural hair protected—crochet braids could be the perfect way to try box braids for yourself.
Maybe your natural curls are hard to manage—curly girls can all relate—but you still want to rock curly hair. That would be a bit of a predicament, if not for crochet braiding. Simply do the crochet braiding technique with curly extensions. Of course, you can also curl your own extensions.
Besides big box braids, you can also use the crochet braiding technique to get micro braids. We love this look when done with medium-length extensions.
Twist hairstyles, and Senegalese twists in particular, are another option to consider. It’s up to you whether you want thin or chunky Senegalese twists—both make for an amazing look.
Since crochet braiding is all about attaching extensions to cornrows, it’s an easy way to get long hair, but there’s no rule saying you can’t have a short crochet braid hairstyle. In fact, any of the above hairstyles will work with shorter hair, too. Maybe it’s time to rock a braided bob!
Wondering how to get one of these crochet braid hairstyles for yourself? While crochet braiding can be done at home, keep in mind that it takes time and skill. If you’re ready to tackle crochet braiding on your own, follow the steps below to install crochet braids.
First thing’s first, you’ll want to braid your natural hair into cornrows. To do so, take a small section of hair starting at your hairline—think about half an inch—and split it into three, equally-sized strands. Then, Dutch braid those strands toward the back of your head, adding in hair as you go. When you reach the end, secure your hair with a clear elastic, then repeat. Be sure not to braid too tight or this can cause discomfort later on. To secure your ends into place, fold them up toward the front of your mane. Then, use thread that matches your hair color to loosely tie and attach your ends to an adjacent cornrow.
Gather your loose crochet hair (aka extensions) so you’re ready to go. The amount of hair you need will depend on the style of loose hair you choose to use, whether that’s pre-styled box braids or kinky curls. Do your research beforehand! You’ll also need a crochet needle for the next step.
It’s time to create your crochet braids! Start with the hair at the nape of your neck, working from left to right. This will make it easier to keep track of where you’ve crocheted your hair and where you still need to add hair. Take your crochet needle and slide it through your cornrow. Next, twist your crochet hair to keep any flyaways out of the way, then fold it so that it forms a loop. Open the latch of your crochet needle, place the loop in the latch, then close it. Gently pull the crochet hair through so that the loop is at the other side of your cornrow, but the length of the hair is still at the starting side. Remove the loop from your crochet needle and set the needle aside. Take the ends of your crochet hair and pull them through the same loop. Carefully tug at the ends of the hair to secure it into place and create a knot around your cornrow. One done, many more to go!
Keep crocheting hair through your cornrows, repeating the process above. Crochet braids aren’t permanent, so if you notice an area that needs more hair or one braid that looks too thick, you can always backtrack!
You can leave your new extensions as is, or you can choose to create a whole new hairstyle—like one of the crochet braid styles we recommended earlier. Make your choice, then style—or don’t. It’s really up to you!
Of course, a gorgeous mane like this deserves to be seen (not to mention the hours of labor you put into it). Instagram selfie, anyone?
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