Step-By-Step Guide To Perfecting Your Crochet Braids Hair Motive
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Step-By-Step Guide To Perfecting Your Crochet Braid

Crochet braids were popular during the 90s and early 2000s but slowly faded in popularity. Fast forward to 2018 and this protective hairstyle is back with a vengeance and upgraded from the 90s originals. The crochet braids style today mimic more natural looking hair and curl patterns. You may have even mistaken crochets for someone’s natural hair. Although it is growing in popularity, many people either don’t know how to achieve this hairstyle or are having trouble getting it to look how they would like. That ends today because we are going to walk you through how to get your crochet braid style perfect for you.

What Is A Crochet Braid?

Crochet Braid

We say crochet braids as though referring to the hair itself but, we’re talking about the method with which the hair is being added. 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 and 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 and pulled through the cornrow braid and tied in a knot to secure it to the braid.

The Benefits Of A Crochet Braid

Protective Style

The crochet braids style is perfect for protecting your hair from the potential breakage and damage it can suffer due to daily styling and heat styling. With your hair in cornrows under the crochet, hair is safely tucked away while you can feel free to play with and style your crochet style however you like without fear of permanent damage.

Easy To Do Yourself

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, and even better the cornrows don’t even have to be neat because the crocheted hair will cover them up.

Inexpensive

Since doing the crochet braid method only requires crochet hair and a crochet hook, you can do your hair in this style for as little as $30, and sometimes even less. The hair used when doing the crochet method is regular braiding hair. And if you’ve ever been to a beauty supply store, you know 1 pack of braiding hair can be as little as $3 for a plethora of colors and patterns from straight to kinky curly.

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.

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, so you get your desired outcome. So we have included quick step-by-step instructions and tips and tricks so you can accomplish this hairstyle at home as easily as possible.

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

Tips

  • 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 give 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.

Braiding Pattern

Braiding Pattern

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 toward the back to create a more natural look and keep the braids close together.

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 but some people like conceal the part for extra insurance. You can have a small section of leave out the cover the braids or use the knotless crochet/invisible part method around the part. You 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.

Braidless Crochet Braid

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

Step By Step

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

Maintenance

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

Removing Your Crochet Braid

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

Conclusion

Crochet braids are not as difficult as some people may believe. 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 yourself.

Tools You Need To Do A Crochet Braid

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