Curly hair is cool, chic, and trendy—and black women have crafted their crochet hairstyles into an impressive mix of standout looks. A great thing, crochet braids can suit almost any woman as they could give your hair a cool look while keeping everything neat and fresh. If you’re looking for hairstyle inspiration, we’ve rounded up the best crochet hairstyles you will love.
What are Crochet Braids?
Crochet braids are a stylish and functional hairstyle if you want to give your hair a revamp, without putting too much tension on your scalp. In fact, crochet braiding is a technique of adding hair extensions that are already braided, and you’ll just wear them into your hair. Do you know that hair extensions often look as natural as your hair, so there are chances that crochet braids are mistaken as real hair?
The technique used in this hairstyle will allow you to use hair extensions without pulling your strands—you already have cornrows and the hair extensions are being threaded through your braids with a crochet needle and secured with a knot, instead of sewing them into your hair.
Why You Should Try Crochet Hairstyles?
Crochet braids are easy to do, and it lasts a long time.
If you don’t like to sit too long to just to get a braided hairstyle sculpted in your scalps, crochet hair braid is perfect for you. Braiding long hair takes hours, especially if you have crimped or curly hair and crochet braid hairstyle makes everything chic and effortless. Depending on the complexity of your braids, quality of hair extensions used, and your maintenance routine, the crochet braid hairstyles can last for 2 months or more, so you don’t have to pay a visit frequently to your hairstylist just to fix your hair. However, it isn’t wise to keep your braids longer than two months, or else you’ll put too much strain on your natural hair.
It can lessen the amount of frizz in your hair.
Do you know that the hair extensions used in crochet braids provide flexibility? Yes, it’s easier to install in your hair while lessening the amount of frizz, especially if you have crimped hair. With crochet braid hairstyle, you’ll get a clean and polished look while looking chic.
You can protect your hair beneath the braids.
Do you know that crochet braids can be a protection for your hair? Since your hair is braided into cornrows while having hair extensions attached, you won’t expose them to the sun. In fact, it also lets your natural hair relax and breathe while reducing hair damage.
Crochet braids are inexpensive and perfect for do it yourself women.
Compared to the sew-in braids, crochet braids are less expensive, and you can even do it yourself as long as you know how to cornrow your hair. A great thing, your cornrows don’t need to be perfect as they will be covered by the hair extensions. Most of the time, you can install crochet braids in only a few hours, and they can look very natural and flattering. When done right, crochet braid hairstyles will add volume and statement to your hair.
Crochet Braids Hairstyles to Try:
Box Crochet Braids
If you want to embrace your all natural hair, opt for box crochet braids. But a great thing, you can channel your inner ’90s child effortlessly without going for long hours sitting at the salon—most of the hair extensions are ready-made and will take as little as two hours to install them in your hair. If you have an oval or oblong face shape, or even broad jaws and defined cheek bones, then the hairstyle is perfect for you. Just think of adding some center part for a chic and youthful look.
To make everything festive and modern, think of crochet jumbo box braids or even a highlighted braid. With pre-braided extensions, you can go for hip and trendy hair colors without damaging your strands, but go for shades that complement your complexion.
Bohemian Crochet Braids
If you want a carefree and festive statement, opt for bohemian crochet braids. If you have an oval or oblong face shape, style your braid with a center part that will balance everything. Just like most crochet braids, bohemian crochet braids hair doesn’t need much wash, and the hairstyle can last for about three months. However, if you’ve got a synthetic braid, you have to maintain a no-heat routine for a week so you’ll make your hair polished. If you want to step out of your comfort zone, think of a colored hairstyle, though black or brown will give you a classic look.
Water Wave Crochet Braids
If you’re a fan of a curly hairstyle, opt for water wave crochet braids. The hairstyle is similar to bohemian crochet braids, but the curls are slightly bigger, giving you classier look and more definition. A great thing, this hairstyle will look great on every face shape, giving you a diva vibe effortlessly. It’s also a great option if you want to make your casual looks effortless. Do you know that crochet water wave crochet braid is the best synthetic hair so far? They have a great volume and can stay up for more than three weeks, though you can wash your hair with water once a month.
Knotless Crochet Braids
If you like to switching up your hairstyle more frequently, opt for knotless crochet braids where the knots in areas of your hair won’t show up even if you’re parting your hair into different styles. In this technique, you’re still tying knots, but they’re not that visible that’s why it’s called “knotless”. All you have to do is to create cornrows, but make the knots smaller with lesser hair. To do this, only loop the closest strand to the braid, not both of them, and leave the other strand to cover the knot made from the first strand. This way, the knots that were made to attach the hair extension are not showing. A great thing, you can create curly or kinky looks with them, as well as a long straight hair too.
Crochet Micro Braids
Crochet micro braids are tiny braids that are braided tightly into the hair that will give you a chic yet intricate look. Micro braids require little daily maintenance, and tiny braids can even be damaging to hair. If you have a brittle hair, think first before getting this look as it can cause hair loss if you’re not careful on removing them. Before getting your hair braided, opt for a hot oil treatment at home so you’ll hair will retain full of moisture.
Shorter hairs are most suited for micro braids. Micro braiding is more challenging since the braids are so tiny and the process takes a longer time. That’s why having hair extensions braided into the hair is preferable to prevent hair fall and make your hairstyle fuller and longer. However, it requires a few additional steps to secure and maintain your hair. You may think of a protein treatment for your hair before you have it micro braided to reduce the chances of breakage. Also, you have to add extra moisture with light hair oil, so your hair won’t dry.
Crochet Twisted Braids
If you’re looking for a regal look, opt for crochet twisted braids. However, it might be a challenge for women with a curly hair or a layered hair as twisting them into braids will hardly look polished and sleek. You may divide your hair into two parts and start twisting them your until it tightens. When combining the two sections of your hair, twist them in the opposite direction, resembling a rope. Just tie the braid with your hair extension at the bottom, and you’re done. You may even pin the braid at your temple or let it hang down to your neck for a more regal look.
Crochet Braid Updo
If you’re looking for a statement-making hairstyle that’s romantic and feminine, opt for crochet braid updo. You may go for a top bun style or even swept on one side style tied in a massive knot. You’ll do it as the traditional crochet braiding, but you have to gather your hair on the top of your head and secure them in place with a few bobby pins. It would depend on you if you’ll accessorize your crochet braid updo with a couple of flower clips, or let your hair steal the show. This hairstyle will add complexity to a rather simple outfit, and is perfect from casual to more formal occasions.
Afro Crochet Braid
If you’re aiming for a carefree and relaxed look, go for afro crochet braid. While natural hair has the ability to create the look, you can add volume and bounce to your hair with hair extensions—allowing you to recreate fun hairstyles that can be styled in various different ways. The added volume at the ends of your hair will give you a kinky hairstyle that’s wild and stunning.
Think of side parting your afro hair that perfect for a relaxed, casual look. But if you want a festive statement, spice up your afro with chic hair decorations like flowers, clips, and even jewelry that will add some personality to your hairstyle. After all, crochet hairstyle should be fun and exciting and a means of showing your creativity with your hair.
A Quick Reminder Before Installing Crochet Braids
Caring for your natural hair is essential before installing crochet braids. Remember, a healthy foundation will give you a long-lasting protective hairstyle while keeping you chic and stylish. You may start with trimming away your split ends that will prevent further damage and breakage. You have to thoroughly wash your hair before crochet braiding that will encourage your natural hair to grow and retain its length.
Since you’ll have the crochet braids in for at least a few weeks, your natural hair will need as much hydration as possible. So, make sure your natural hair is moisturized well before installing hair extensions. A deep conditioning treatment, after washing your hair will be great to give it extra moisture. When you already have the crochet braids on, keep on checking on the condition of your natural hair. You still need to moisturize and clean them every week or two to ensure the health of your hair.
How to Wash and Take Out Crochet Braids?
Most of the time, wearing a crochet hairstyle will allow you not wash your hair at all, though you may spray some diluted shampoo on your roots or use a leave-on conditioner to clean them, and air-dry them. If you wash them often, you’ll run the risk of loosening the knots. You may lightly massage your scalp with your fingers, and wash your crochet braids once every two weeks.
When sleeping with them, you may cover them with a satin bonnet or a scarf to protect them. A great thing, taking out crochet braids is and easier than creating them. You just need to look for the crochet knots on top of your cornrows and cut off the hair above the knot to loosen the loop. After that, it’ll be easier for you to pull out the remaining hair with your fingers.
With these hairstyle tips, you’ll be able to flaunt your crochet braids stylishly.