5 Ways to Rock the HOT Crochet Braid Trend

by Portia of huneybflyy.com

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!

TheChicNatural

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.

MSPYT8

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 huneybflyy.com

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47 thoughts on “5 Ways to Rock the HOT Crochet Braid Trend

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 :-)

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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

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