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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.


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


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). 😀


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.


Here is a picture because I’m not sure if it went through the first time.
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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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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?


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


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.


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


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

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.


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!


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.

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… Read more »
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!