Have you been searching for a quick protective summer style? How about a completely new look? If you answered yes to either question, then your in luck! Crochet braiding might be the perfect fit for you.
I know there's someone reading this right now and has been considering the drastic change of cutting off all of their hair, but hesitant because they don't know how they would look. We've all been there before ladies. Fear no more.
With crochet braids you can have the best of both worlds. Crochet braids can be cut into Bob styles, tapered, or whatever heart desires. This option is one of the best styles in the natural hair world due to it's versatility, ease of installation, and its ability to look amazing even weeks after installing.
How to Install Crochet Braids: What you will need
To insert the crochet braids you will need the following:
- Latch hook, most beauty supply stores
- Marley Braid hair, 3-6 packs, depending on the type of hair
- Flexi rods or curl formers to give your new hair a bit more curl definition (some brands provide hair already curled)
- Hot water to fixate the curls
- Styling Mousse, preferably with no alcohol
- Creme Based Product (optional)
- 4oz. Jar of myTamed Mane's Nourishing Scalp Oil
Step 1: apply cornrows to clean and moisturized hair. You have a variety of patterns that you can choose from depending on the type of hair you want to use and how you want it to look.
Step 2: Slide latch hook under cornrow.
Step 3: Place the gathered hair in hook and close
Step 4: Slide latch hook, with hair attached, from under cornrow. You will see two "strands" of hair on one side and an opening to pull them through.
Step 5: Pull the hair through to create a knot in the crochet hair and there it will be attached to the cornrow.
Crochet Braiding: The Pros' and Cons'
As with every style, crochet braids have their pros and cons. In deciding a new style, always be sure to go for the styles in which the good, outweighs the bad. Be sure to consult with your stylist prior to any appointment.
The pro’s of crochet braids:
- Save Lots of time; Crochet braids are probably the least time-consuming of the protective hairstyle types. They take about 2 hours to install with wash and deep condition included.
- Cost Effective; You will save loads of money not having to purchase bundles of hair for alternative styles.
- Hair proctection; Your hair will remain highly protected, leaving it accessible for weekly scalp oiling.
- Ease of cleaning; Unlike some of the more complex styles, crochet braids are quick and easy to clean and oil.
The Cons' of Crochet Braids
The beauty of crochet braids is that there are minimal cons'. Most important thing to remember when making the decision to get crochet braids, is to always spend the money on the best quality of synthetic hair possible. Lower priced hair has the tendency to frizz easily which means you have to change it more often. The cheaper hair also becomes more tangled/matted over time. So if you're looking to leave your crochet braids in for a few weeks, be sure to get the higher quality hair. When in doubt, pinky out.
Why the type of the hair matters
The hair that you buy for crochet braids is typically inexpensive, ranging from $5-$8. If you are going for a natural twist out and are using Marley hair, you must detangle the hair before rodding. By doing this, a smooth curl will form and it will reduce the amount of frizz. Along wit rodding, incorporate a product that will assist with setting the curl. Also, it is best to consider how long the style needs to last. Crochet twists and crochet faux locs lasts longer than curls, giving the ability to be reused.
My Tamed Mane's Top 3
- Femi Collection $4.99/pack
- Freetress $4.99/pack
- Cuban Twist $5.99/pack
*prices vary in different regions
How Long Will My Crochet Braids Last
Crochet braid hairstyles last between 4 to 8 weeks, sometimes longer depending on the intricacies of your braid pattern, quality of hair installed, and your maintenance routine. Since crochet braids are a long term protective style, be mindful that your natural hair needs just as much love as your braids.
Crochet Braiding: Taking Down Your Braids
Taking the crochet braids out is a lot easier and less time-consuming than you may imagine. You simply cut out the synthetic styling hair just up to the cornrow. BE Careful as to not cut off your cornrow while you’re doing this. Once the bulk of the synthetic hair is removed, the rest will fall out during your unbraiding process.