Perfecting Your Crochet Braids Hair: A Step-by-Step Guide + Other Useful Info

Crochet braids were popular during the 90s and early 2000s, but their popularity started to slowly fade away. Fast forward to 2018 and this protective hairstyle came back with a vengeance and an upgrade!

The crochet braids hair styles today mimic more natural-looking hair and curl patterns. You may have even mistaken crochets for someone’s natural hair.

Although it is once again growing in popularity, many people either don’t know how to achieve this hairstyle or are having trouble getting it to look how they want it to.

That ends today because we are going to walk you through how to get your crochet braid style, the one (or ones) that is perfect for you!

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So, What Is A Crochet Braid?

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We say crochet braids hair as though referring to the style itself but here, we’re actually talking about the method.

The crochet method is a way of adding extensions to your hair. It is similar to getting a weave in that you must first cornrow your hair before any extensions can be added.

However, unlike a weave, the hair used is loose and not on a weft. Also, instead of being sewn in, a crochet hook is inserted into the cornrow braid. Then, a small amount of hair is threaded onto the hook, pulled through the cornrow braid, and tied in a knot to secure it to the braid.

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The Benefits Of A Crochet Braid

I. It Is a Protective Style

The crochet braids style is perfect for protecting your hair from the potential breakage and damage it might suffer due to daily and heat styling.

With your hair in cornrows under the crochet, your tresses are safely tucked away. At the same time, you’ll feel free to play with and style your crochet braids hair however you like without fear of permanent damage.

II. It Is Easy to DIY

If you’ve ever wanted to master doing your own hair or if you’re more keen on doing your hair yourself, then the crochet method is perfect for you!

If you know how to cornrow your hair, then you can do the crochet method too. Even better, the cornrows don’t even have to be neat because the crocheted hair will cover them up.

III. It Is Inexpensive

Since doing the crochet braid method only requires crochet hair and a crochet hook, you can easily achieve this hairstyle at a very cheap cost!

The hair used when doing the crochet method is your regular braiding hair. And if you’ve ever been to a beauty supply store, you know 1 pack of braiding hair can come with a plethora of colors. Some also include patterns for everything from straight to kinky curly.

IV. It Is Fast

Depending on how you install and style the hair, you can do this technique on yourself in as little as 2 hours.

That may not seem quick, but compared to getting your hair traditionally box braided or weaved, it is lightning fast!

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Crochet Braids: A Step-By-Step Guide

Although doing the crochet method is easier than giving yourself a sew-in, it can get a little confusing to remember exactly how to install it.

So we have included quick, step-by-step instructions and tips & tricks so you can get this hairstyle at home as easily as possible!

  1. Cornrow all of your hair to the back or in a braiding pattern that you prefer.
  2. Add the crochet hair bit by bit using a crochet hook (or bobby pin if you don’t have a crochet hook).
  3. Slide the needle under the cornrow with the latch closed.
  4. Once through the braid, open the latch and place some of your extension hair on the hook. Then close the latch.
  5. Pull the needle and hair under the cornrow until a medium-sized hoop is formed.
  6. At this point, you should have a loop on one side of the cornrow and ‘tails’ on the other side.
  7. Open the latch on the crochet hook and put it down.
  8. Reach through the loop of hair on one side of the braid and grab the tails of the braiding hair on the other side.
  9. Pull the tails of the hair through the loop, but don’t tighten all the way.
  10. Twist the loop with your fingers and put the tails through the loop again. Do this one more time for added security.
  11. Then pull to tighten and secure the hair.
  12. Your first crochet ‘stitch’ should be secured. Repeat until you’ve covered your whole head.

Tools You’ll Need To Do A Crochet Braid


  • Wash and moisturize your hair before you start this process.
  • When deciding where to place each crochet, use your best judgment! You can always go back and add more hair or take the hair out. This is a very forgiving process.
  • The amount of hair used for each crochet should be proportionate to the size of the braid. If the crocheted hair is thicker than the braid, it can pull on your hair.
  • Use thinner pieces of crochet hair towards the front of your hair to help hide the knots and obtain a more natural look.
  • If for some reason you couldn’t find a crochet hook or lost yours, a bobby pin is a suitable substitution. Just open the bobby pin wider than it normally is, push the bulb end under a braid, and thread the crocheted hair through and continue as you normally would.
  • If you don’t want any hair left out around your hairline, you can loosen the hair that is in the front of your braid to make it puffy and hide the braids and give a more natural hairline.
  • Style your edges.
  • If the hair you’re using is curly, do not separate it. You will have to use more packs of hair, but it will also cut down on frizz.

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Crochet Braid Hair Braiding Patterns

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There are many braiding patterns out there, but the easiest one for the crochet method is braiding all of your hair straight back.

You can even double the braids going back in the front and join some together towards the back to create a more natural look and keep the braids close together.

1. The Invisible Part/Knotless Crochet Braid

Invisible Part/Knotless Crochet Braid

If you’re using big curly hair, the part in your crochet style will be covered. However, some people like to conceal that part for extra insurance.

You can have a small section or leave out some hair to cover the braids. Or you can use the knotless crochet/invisible part method around this hair section.

For it, you’ll install the hair as you normally would, but when you get to your part or hairline, you have to change the way you secure each piece of hair.

Instead of looping both strands into a knot, you will only loop one (the one closest to the braid). Then you leave the other strand to cover the knot created by the first strand.

2. Braidless Crochet Braid

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Now, what if you can’t braid cornrows? Have no fear, there’s a solution for that too!

Step By Step

  1. Put your hair into three ponytails, braids them together, and then pin them down towards the back of your head, so your hair looks flat.
  2. Then crochet through your hair as you would if it was braided. But instead of going through the braids, you will have to go under your pulled back hair and braided ponytails.
  3. Around the hairline, you can either leave it out or, as mentioned above, use the invisible knot/knotless crochet braiding method.

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Crochet Braids Hair Maintenance

If you take good care of your crochet braids, they can last from 2 to 8 weeks. Still, most people take them out after about 4 weeks.

Tips For Taking Care Of Crochet Braids

  • If you must wash your hair, use a spray bottle with water and shampoo (or conditioner for a co-wash). When spraying, only saturate the root of your hair. Gently massage it into your root and scalp to clean it and gently rinse out.
  • Moisturize your scalp while you have the crochets in.
  • Use a leave-in conditioner on your crochet hair to keep it moisturized.
  • When sleeping with the crochets in, pineapple your hair to keep the crochets from getting tangled. Alternatively, braid the hair together into large loose braids and cover with a satin bonnet or scarf.
  • If you see extra frizz on your added hair, trim it off. This will prevent the hair from knotting and increase the longevity of your hairstyle.
  • Do not brush the crochets. This will cause extra frizz and pull on your natural hair underneath.

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Removing Your Crochet Braid

Crochet braids are easy to take out. You just have to do the following:

  1. Cut the crocheted hair as close as possible to the knot you made.
  2. Be careful not to cut your own hair (it happens more often than you’d think and it’s devastating every time).
  3. Then take out your cornrows, and the knots will just fall out as the braids come out!

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Crochet Braids Hair: A Conclusion

Crochet braids are not as difficult as you or others might think they are.

The technique is simple (even if you can’t cornrow braid) and it allows you to style your hair however you’d like while protecting your natural hair.

We hope that our guide has brought your closer to your crochet hairstyle dreams and has given you the confidence and information to try this out yourself!

Do you have any tips of your own on how to crochet braid your hair? Or any thoughts about crochet braids hair, in general? Leave a comment and let us know!

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