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Crochet Braids Natural Hair

Cro­chet braid­ing is not a hair style that’s as new as one might think. Women have been get­ting cro­chet braids for years with human hair or with tracks of hair that look like there are indi­vid­ual braids attached. Women used to get cro­chet braids if they didn’t want to sit too long and get indi­vid­ual braids in their hair. It was fast and con­ve­nient.

You apply the hair by lit­er­al­ly cro­chet­ing hair, with a latch hook tool, in between your own corn rowed hair. Some women use the braid­ing tech­nique as an alter­na­tive to the tra­di­tion­al sew-in hair weave. Years ago, when I was look­ing for pro­tec­tive styles, I came across a YouTube tuto­r­i­al of crotch­et braids. It was done with straight, human hair and it didn’t look very flat­ter­ing. I decid­ed that the par­tic­u­lar hair style wasn’t for me and I moved on. How­ev­er, after see­ing some of the recent cro­chet braid styles on social media sites like Insta­gram and YouTube, I’ve changed my mind.

The nat­ur­al hair com­mu­ni­ty has turned this famil­iar hair style into some­thing beau­ti­ful! I’ve nev­er seen such beau­ti­ful and ver­sa­tile cro­chet braid­ing in my life. Women are becom­ing very cre­ative with their styling tech­niques and the cro­chet braids look very real­is­tic. To be hon­est, one might not be able to tell cro­chet braids from nat­ur­al grow­ing hair. This is a great option for some­one who is tran­si­tion­ing or just needs a break from styling their own hair every day. You get the nat­ur­al hair look, with­out hav­ing to manip­u­late your own hair. You can even wash and treat your scalp, which is some­thing that is dif­fi­cult to do with a sew-in. Below, you’ll find five of the best cro­chet braid­ing tuto­ri­als on YouTube. These ladies will tru­ly inspire you to want to get start­ed on your own cro­chet braids!


Unlike most cro­chet braids I’ve seen, TheChicNatural’s cro­chet braids look like actu­al curls. Usu­al­ly, I see hair that mim­ics a twist out. She was able to achieve this look by using Mar­ley Braid­ing hair. She corn­rowed her nat­ur­al hair straight back and con­nect­ed a few braids in the mid­dle of her head so that she could have the option of wear­ing her hair part­ed down the mid­dle or part­ed on the side. She secured the ends of her hair by sewing them flat. She was able to get her per­fect curls by tak­ing medi­um sec­tions and form­ing ban­tu knots on the ends. After knot­ting, she dipped the hair in hot water and unrav­eled the knot when it was dry.

Jes­si­ca Pettway 

What’s so great about Jessica’s hair is that she decid­ed not to manip­u­late the hair she used by twist­ing it or curl­ing it. Instead she, left the hair’s nat­ur­al kink alone and that’s what makes her cro­chet braids look so nat­ur­al. Her hair is lit­er­al­ly a fab­u­lous afro that com­mands atten­tion. The hair that she used was by Xpress Your Kinks and she used 4C hair from their Fro’kinks col­lec­tion. Instead of corn­row­ing her whole head, she left hair out along the perime­ter so that it appeared nat­ur­al.


This nat­ur­al beau­ty decid­ed to switch it up and cre­ate a bang with her cro­chet braids. MSPYT8 used Free­tress Water Wave hair. The hair already has a great curl, so no twist­ing or curl­ing is nec­es­sary. Instead of corn­row­ing her nat­ur­al hair straight back, she braid­ed her hair into a bee­hive. Her tuto­r­i­al is very infor­ma­tive because she shows you how to get rid of the tail from the bee­hive braid­ing pat­tern with­out sewing it. She also shows you how to decrease frizz on the hair that she used.

Hair Porn Co. 

Gasp! If you want to pre­tend that you are Poc­a­hon­tas for a few weeks, Hair Porn Co. can show you how you can at least get her hair. This nat­ur­al haired diva used Kanekalon hair to cre­ate her cro­chet braids and instead of cut­ting most of the hair, she left it long and whim­si­cal. Hair Porn Co. describes the fin­ished result as resem­bling a nat­ur­al blow out.

Bari­ka Jum­bo

Bari­ka Jum­bo uses the kinky twist brand “Nina” or “Sleek” to cre­ate her cro­chet braids. The tex­ture of the two brands is smoother than Mar­ley Braid­ing Hair and not as dry. She made sure that her nat­ur­al hair was mois­tur­ized before she start­ed doing her cro­chet braids. She advis­es adding a lit­tle bit of braid­ing hair to your corn­rows if you have thin edges. It will give your corn­row a lit­tle more strength and your edges won’t suf­fer.


Every­one has their own way of doing cro­chet braids and there are so many styles that you can cre­ate. No mat­ter what your bud­get is, there’s a tech­nique for you. With cro­chet braids, you don’t have to spend a ridicu­lous amount of mon­ey in order to achieve a nat­ur­al look­ing faux head of hair.


Have you tried cro­chet braids?


Por­tia is a wife and moth­er who enjoys mak­ing things and peo­ple look pret­ty! As a grad­u­ate of Rowan Uni­ver­si­ty, Por­tia has an insa­tiable crav­ing for nat­ur­al hair, beau­ty, and fash­ion, but she also enjoys trav­el­ing and home decor. If you’d like to know more about her, vis­it her blog at

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Hi, what is the best hair brand for cro­chet braids ? I know that some can eas­i­ly get tan­gled and freezy


I would like to try the tech­nique; but don’t under­stand how pulling the hair through the corn­row doesn’t cause dam­age to your own hair.


you should try putting it on a net and then sow­ing to you hair… i love mak­ing cro­chet wigs, its more pre­cise and less time con­sum­ing. Plus once you get the hang of it, you’ll nev­er wan­na stop lol


I was won­der­ing the same thing. Cro­chet­ing fake hair through my nat­ur­al, healthy hair sounds like it would break off my hair, which is a no no.


I love my Cro­chet styles


I tried this one time. It was dif­fi­cult because my own hair is pret­ty thick the corn­rows look to vis­i­ble. I’m going to try it again. Also the tech­nique of tying the end of the corn­rows so they aren’t vis­i­ble was dif­fi­cult


Try blow drying/stretching your hair pri­or to braid­ing it. Also make sure you have more braids in the front and less in the back . If you’re using curly/kinky hair then the big­ger braids in the back shouldn’t show.


Yess! I can put my hair up and not have to come it for a few weeks, just oil and mois­tur­ize. <3 I can­not wait to have the giant won­der­ful long mane I’m work­ing towards (gonna be heavy though). :D


I love the cre­ativ­i­ty and skill of these ladies!


I love the styles you’ve shown here! As you stat­ed, cro­chet braid­ing is a rather old tech­nique that’s being revis­it­ed by the nat­ur­al hair com­mu­ni­ty. I did this style in the ear­ly nineties on both my daugh­ter and myself for a few years. We lived in Detroit then and it was very pop­u­lar. Once you get“your” tech­nique of installing down, it can be done in two hours or less. I sim­ply latched it end. No tying or sewing. Nev­er a prob­lem. Great pro­tec­tive e style. We actu­al­ly called latch hook in the nineties in Detroit.


it looks good but defeats MY pur­pose and move­ment

Amma Mama

So cute! I wan­na try this, I’m hair bored and have been rock­ing braids all sum­mer. I think Jes­si­ca and The Chic Nat­ur­al are beyond fly! I’m gonna check out the oth­er ladies in this post :-)


OMG! I love it! I am so doing this for a pro­tec­tive style. IT looks quick afford­able and easy. The best part is I already know how to crotch­et. Can’t wait to try it out.

Dr K

I read this arti­cle and gave it a try the very next week­end. I am so pleased with my hair. It took a lot longer than I thought to put in how­ev­er tak­ing out looks like it will be a breeze. I used the kankelon and I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing how my hair does.

Bridget J.

I love cro­chet braids! i have tried dif­fer­ent types of hair and cuts with this style. Very ver­sa­tile and easy to main­tain. Unlike weaves, there is no stress on my own hair as it is very light in weight and I have access to my scalp.


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I have been wear­ing cro­chet braids since 1998!!!.. I love them like my sec­ond skin..Between cro­chet braids & going nat­ur­al all these years, my real hair is unbe­liev­ably healthy & long!!.. I love the ver­sa­til­i­ty & con­ve­nience if them. My hair of choice is FREETRESS GO-GO CURL..I have a braider that does them for me because I can’t corn­row.:-(.. I can put the hair in myself though using a big safe­ty pin when needed..LOVE- LOVE- LOVE them!!


Yep I love them! I have my hair braid­ed in an updo, then have the front braid­ed into a bee­hive pat­tern and cro­chet just the top! Nice, cool, very low main­te­nace style! :-)
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Quecina aka Pinkstarnute

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Pure Estrogen

This is my most recent style. love cro­chet braids. :)
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I love cro­chet braids! It take me a lit­tle longer than the ladies on youtube but it’s okay. The end result is still good.


I absolute­ly LOVE cross hey braids … For a more nat­ur­al look, I do mine with a perime­ter “leave out” of my hair (keep­ing it mois­tur­ized) .. then I bee­hive braid my hair and cro­chet in the afro bulk hair (rather than mar­ley) … gives me ver­sa­til­i­ty & it looks EXACTLY like my own hair if I con­tin­ue to let it grow healthy :) [imgcomment image[/img]
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This looks amaz­ing. Where did you order your hair from and how much did you use?


Hi! Thank­ful­ly, I used Afro-bulk hair by a brand called “Noir.” Thank­ful­ly, I didn’t have to order it. I was able to pick it up from my local beau­ty sup­ply store for $7.99 in Harlem. I used 3.5 packs then cut in lay­ers for a more nat­ur­al look… I love full hair


Try­ing this tonight!!!!!


Love these looks and I am subbed to most of these ladies. I tried cro­chets three times and loved my last install the best. I can’t braid all that well but with big hair you don’t need to be able to braid neat­ly, just braid the best that you can. The hair will cov­er all of the imper­fec­tions. I used a bob­by pin to do mine:

So easy!


I like the idea and I even tried doing this with Janet Mar­ley hair (the same kind for kinky twist) and I hate it. I want­ed to look like a blow out but the hair felt to rough and dry. Can any one help me out or rec­om­mend any type of hair to achieve the look because I would like to do this again?


I love the chic nat­ur­al! Her YT videos are brief and to the point! No exces­sive ram­bling.


I’ve did the cro­chet braid Afro four years ago & it was AWESOME. Def­i­nite­ly a Diva Do, block out people’s eye­sight — just the best. You couldn’t tell me noth­ing. But clean­ing my corn­rows was a fail­ure. How­ev­er, Chic­Nat­u­rals ban­tu curls are weak­en­ing my resolve to nev­er try weaves again …


Jes­si­ca Pettway needs to be in a style fea­ture. Her style is incred­i­ble!


Tried this last week with mar­ley hair and it came out great. Every­one thought it was my hair. How­ev­er, out of the blue my scalp became real­ly irri­tat­ed and itchy. I don’t know whether my corn­rows were too tight or I had an aller­gic reac­tion to the hair. 

Any­one else have this prob­lem?


Hi, I know you post­ed this months ago but I want­ed to chime in in case you hap­pen to read this or do the style again, try soak­ing your hair in a solu­tion of luke­warm water and apple cider vine­gar, lets say if you have about 4 cups of water to soak all the hair in , use about 1/4 — 1/2 cup of AAV, it real­ly helps. it will remove the itchy alka­line base on the hair that you may be aller­gic too, as well as soft­en it mak­ing it eas­i­er to work with.


It was because of the Mar­ley hair. I heard of peo­ple do ACV rins­es on the hair but I am sure there are oth­er options


What’s the dif­fer­ence between a sow in and cro­chet braids? Using indi­vid­ual pieces of hair vs. using tracks?

The One

Yes. With cro­chet, you’re basi­cal­ly tying the hair itself around your braids which makes it hard­er to notice that it’s not your real hair (if you use the right kind of hair). With sew-ins, you have to use a nee­dle and thread to secure the hair on top of your braids.


Basi­cal­ly and you can part the hair accord­ing to your braid pat­tern under­neath the hair that is cro­cheted.


This looks so neat! I have a cou­ple ques­tions:

1) Can you wash and mois­tur­ize the scalp and hair under­neath?
2) How long is rec­om­mend­ed to keep the hair in?
3) How come you have to loop it three times (is that fro secure­ness)?
4) could you use flat twists instead braids?

Sad­ly, I’m rub­bish at corn­rows and flat twists but I’d like to learn and maybe try this out espe­cial­ly as a pro­tec­tive style in the win­ter!

Bridget J.
1. Yes. It is very easy to wash and mois­tur­ize the hair under­neath because the scalp is eas­i­ly acces­si­ble. There are a num­ber of youtube videos on how to do this. 2. I leave mine in for approx­i­mate­ly 6 weeks. A num­ber of youtu­bers leave it in for 8 weeks or more. I per­son­al­ly wouldn’t leave them in for more than 8 weeks. 3. You actu­al­ly don’t have to loop it three times depend­ing on the type of hair you use. I find that the kinkier/curlier tex­tures don’t need to be looped as many times. How­ev­er, if you use looser/straight tex­tured hair,… Read more »

I’ve seen (Fot­ki or YouTube, can’t remem­ber) some­one use flat twists, but that’s def­i­nite­ly a tem­po­rary deal. Twists aren’t as secure a foun­da­tion as braids. I’d imag­ine it wouldn’t last past a week, but for a bomb night out, it would work real­ly well! Quick­er take down.

Mary K.

Thanks you so much for includ­ing me in the amongst these beau­ti­ful and tal­ent­ed women! I receive so many ques­tions about cro­chet braids and this arti­cle gives such a vari­ety of styles, which is what we love right??… vari­ety! Thank you again and awe­some arti­cle!

~Mary K
K. Bel­la Naturals/Hairporn Co.
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Wow! That is awe­some. I guess I con­fused cro­chet braids with some­thing else because I nev­er knew that’s what the style looks like. I prob­a­bly wouldn’t wear it, but lawd I need to learn how to do that!


I’m an avid crotch­et braid wear­er. It is easy and very low main­te­nance.
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what type of hair did you use? you look gor­geous!